Watch: Craig Sager interviews Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich

Friday December 4th, 2015

In late October, Craig Sager made his return to the sideline to cover the NBA for TNT. On Thursday night, he cracked through the tough exterior of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during the team’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

In an interview after the first quarter, Popovich told Sager that it was “the first time he’s enjoyed doing the ridiculous interview we're required to do, and it’s because you're back here with us.”

In 2014, Sager was diagnosed with leukemia. He underwent chemotherapy and received a bone marrow transplant from his son. In March, he returned to work for Turner, but shortly after he learned that his leukemia had returned.

MANNIX: A look at how Kawhi Leonard could be next Kobe Byrant

Sager then underwent another bone marrow transplant from his son and a stem cell transplant.

“I've been in the hospital for months hoping to do this again,” said Sager during the interview with Popovich.

Watch the full interview below:

- Xandria James

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.