Saturday November 22nd, 2014

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager made a brief return to TV on Friday during the annual Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.

Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April, forcing him to sit out the remainder of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Sager's son filled in for his father during Game 1 of the Mavericks-Spurs series, where San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich offered a heartfelt message of support to the veteran reporter.

"Craig, we miss you," Popovich said. "You've been an important part of all of this for a long time, doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court, and I promise I'll be nice. Get back here. Good luck."

In his message on Friday, Sager spoke about the Coaches vs. Cancer foundation and the help it has provided cancer patients over the years.

DEITSCH: Sager heartened by support from Popovich, NBA

"It wasn't that long ago that the future was bleak for cancer patients like myself," he said. "But through the efforts of Coaches vs. Cancer and others, remission rates are improving, and many of us are cured or are able to maintain a healthy quality of life." 

According to Deadspin, there's no word yet as to when Sager will return to full-time work. You can watch Sager's entire segment below. 

-- Alex Suskind

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