Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gregg Popovich's Message to Craig Sager: True Class

For all the grief San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gets about his gruff and often short answers when being interviewed during games, nobody can give him grief anymore.

Pop did what can only be called one of the classiest things a coach could ever do as a sign of respect.

During Sunday's Spurs game vs. Dallas on TNT, Popovich came over to do an interview between the 3rd and 4th quarter.

((NOTE--San Antonio won the game--90-85))

Only this time, instead of the sartorial (look it up) unique stylings of TNT's regular sideline reporter Craig Sager, Pop was talking to Sager's son.

The reason.

The widely respect Sager announced this week that he had Leukemia and would not be able to take his customary role during the NBA Postseason while he battles the disease.

So, Sager's son, Craig Jr. took over the role, which was supposed to be a taped piece to send to his father. Only Popovich's response changed that.

The reason: Popovich had a message for Junior's ill father:

How often does this happen?

Not very.

To top it off....Popovich and the Spurs had a personal message to deliver to Sager.

And if you ever wonder why the entire basketball world respects the Spurs, Popovich and everyone surrounding them. Your question is now answered.

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