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TNT's Craig Sager's Cancer Has Returned - This Is Sports Zone

In an interview that will air during Tuesday night’s episode of HBO’s “Real Sports,” TNT announcer Craig Sager reveals that the acute myeloid leukemia he has battled for the last two years is no longer in remission.

In the interview with HBO correspondent Bernard Goldberg, the 64-year-old broadcaster confirms that doctors informed him in February that he was no longer in remission. The veteran sideline reporter, who has become an iconic figure within the NBA world thanks in part to his garish wardrobe and his frequent sparring sessions with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (who’s one of Sager’s most ardent supporters, especially away from the camera), says he’s now entering “uncharted waters” in his battle with leukemia, which began in April of 2014 and has included multiple courses of treatment, including chemotherapy.

“I’ve already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third,” Sager told HBO. “So I have to maintain my strength, so I can go through this.”

This, unfortunately, isn’t the first setback Sager has suffered during his fight. Mere weeks after being cleared to resume television work in March of 2015, Sager’s leukemia returned, forcing him to step away from his assignments during the 2015 NCAA tournament and “NBA on TNT” telecasts once more.

After several more months of treatment, including a transplant of bone marrow donated by his son, Craig II, Sager came back for the NBA’s 2015-16 Media Day in September, returned to work on Opening Night a month later, and had his first televised post-treatment tete-a-tete with Pop in December. Sager has continued to make monthly trips to Houston for treatment throughout the season, and was healthy enough to resume his responsibilities at the NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend in Toronto, but his status took a turn last month.

It remains unclear whether Sager will once again need to step away from the sideline to undergo more treatment. A Turner Sports spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Monday that Sager plans to continue carrying out his NBA responsibilities and maintaining his presence on “NBA on TNT” broadcasts, and he’s currently scheduled to work the sidelines for the March 29 matchup between the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, the March 31 game between the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, and the April 7 meeting between the Bulls and Miami Heat. As Sager relates to Goldberg in the HBO interview, though, this remains a fluid situation.

“Still kicking, still fighting,” he said. “I haven’t won the battle. It’s not over yet. But I haven’t lost it, either. There have been some victories and some setbacks, but I still have to fight it. A lot of work to do.” The full feature will air during Tuesday’s episode of “Real Sports,” which debuts at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on HBO.

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