CRAIG Sager was honored and remembered by loved ones, dear friends and colleagues in a memorial service on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) as colorful, moving and memorable as the beloved NBA broadcaster.
Rev. Randy Mickler, former senior pastor of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, led the service while wearing a purple shirt with a colorful jacket instead of his usual black robe — a switch, he believed, that will make Sager ‘extremely proud and pleased.’
The sanctuary at Mount Bethel featured a large canvas showing Sager during his last ESPYs speech, and the Sager family was joined in the service by some of the biggest names in the NBA including Commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and TNT colleagues Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith, among others.
Former players Reggie Miller, Kevin McHale, Isiah Thomas were also present.
Grammy award-winning singer Yolanda Adams performed two songs as well.
Johnson honored his dear friend with a touching eulogy, including a moving poem.
“Here’s what Craig has done, he’s planted sequoias. Because there will be people who watched this fight, who unfortunately 10, 15, 20 years from now will hear a doctor say, ‘Yeah it’s cancer.’ And they’re gonna say, ‘I remember when I was 15 years old and I watched this guy Craig Sager fight this thing. I can too,’” he said.
“There’s no way to gauge our days, no way to know how long. But know this, Craig: we’ll do our best to live them Sager Strong,” added Johnson to end his poem.
The 65-year-old Sager died Thursday following a two-year fight with acute myeloid leukemia.