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Take a look back at moments from the life of longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager, who died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.

Sager's Chicago connections run deep. A native of Batavia, he attended Northwestern and his wife, Stacy, is a former LuvaBull. Turner President David Levy said in a statement Thursday that Sager had died, without saying when or where. Famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, Sager worked basketball games for TNT for nearly a quarter-century. Sager first announced in April 2014 that he had been diagnosed with leukemia, and he missed the playoffs and much of the following season as he underwent two bone marrow transplants.

In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago. Longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago. Longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
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In this June 1, 2016, file photo, longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
In this June 1, 2016, file photo, longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
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Broadcaster Craig Sager poses with Chicago Cubs player Dexter Fowler after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
Broadcaster Craig Sager poses with Chicago Cubs player Dexter Fowler after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon helps broadcaster Craig Sager put on a Cubs jersey before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon helps broadcaster Craig Sager put on a Cubs jersey before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
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Television sports commentator Craig Sager, right, is presented with a framed photo print by the San Antonio Spurs Coyote during the first half of the Spurs' NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in San Antonio.
Television sports commentator Craig Sager, right, is presented with a framed photo print by the San Antonio Spurs Coyote during the first half of the Spurs' NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in San Antonio.
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Broadcaster Craig Sager, right, talks to Stephen Curry before an NBA basketball against the Washington Wizards Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
Broadcaster Craig Sager, right, talks to Stephen Curry before an NBA basketball against the Washington Wizards Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
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Broadcaster Craig Sager, left, talks with Chicago Cubs player David Ross before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
Broadcaster Craig Sager, left, talks with Chicago Cubs player David Ross before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon helps broadcaster Craig Sager put on a Cubs jersey before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon helps broadcaster Craig Sager put on a Cubs jersey before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
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Broadcaster Craig Sager poses with his family before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
Broadcaster Craig Sager poses with his family before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
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Broadcaster Craig Sager sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
Broadcaster Craig Sager sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago.
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In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago. Sager is going to work his first NBA Finals game. The longtime sideline reporter has been added to ESPN's broadcast team for Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, June 16, 2016, between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago. Sager is going to work his first NBA Finals game. The longtime sideline reporter has been added to ESPN's broadcast team for Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, June 16, 2016, between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Sportscaster Craig Sager kisses his wife, Stacy, while undergoing treatment Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager had his third bone marrow transplant Wednesday, Aug. 31, as he continues to battle acute myeloid leukemia.
Sportscaster Craig Sager kisses his wife, Stacy, while undergoing treatment Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager had his third bone marrow transplant Wednesday, Aug. 31, as he continues to battle acute myeloid leukemia.
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Batavia High School class of 1969 graduate Craig Sager poses for a photo with fellow alumni Saturday as part of ceremonies marking a century of basketball at the school.  Sager works as a sideline reporter covering NBA games for TNT.
Batavia High School class of 1969 graduate Craig Sager poses for a photo with fellow alumni Saturday as part of ceremonies marking a century of basketball at the school. Sager works as a sideline reporter covering NBA games for TNT.
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In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
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In this May 12, 2015, file photo, broadcaster Craig Sager, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers' Glen Davis prior to Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets in Houston. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
In this May 12, 2015, file photo, broadcaster Craig Sager, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers' Glen Davis prior to Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets in Houston. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
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In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager speaks before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game between Villanova and North Carolina in Houston. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager speaks before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game between Villanova and North Carolina in Houston. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
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In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater  in Los Angeles. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
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In this Aug. 31, 2016, file photo, NBA Hall of Fame member and TNT colleague Charles Barkley, left, poses with longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager while visiting Sager at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager,  famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
In this Aug. 31, 2016, file photo, NBA Hall of Fame member and TNT colleague Charles Barkley, left, poses with longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager while visiting Sager at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager, famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
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In this Aug. 31, 2016, file photo, longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager smiles during an interview at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
In this Aug. 31, 2016, file photo, longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager smiles during an interview at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Sager had died, without saying when or where.
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In this Oct. 27, 2015, file photo, Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager prepares for an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors, in Oakland, Calif. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
In this Oct. 27, 2015, file photo, Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager prepares for an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors, in Oakland, Calif. Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. He was 65.
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