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ESPN’s Rachel Nichols delivered an emotional, touching tribute to the late Craig Sager on the air Thursday.

By SI Wire
December 15, 2016

ESPN’s Rachel Nichols delivered an emotional, touching tribute to the late Craig Sager on the air Thursday.

Nichols hosts The Jump and came to ESPN from TNT, where she worked alongside Sager for years.

Joined by Brian Windhorst and Tracy McGrady, Nichols, a close friend of Sager and his family, remembered the broadcasting legend as she gracefully delivered the news to viewers.

• How Craig Sager became the most beloved figure in the NBA

Sager died Thursday after a two-year battle with leukemia.  He was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, but the the disease ultimately returned in March. He continue to work on and off during that time.

SI's Lee Jenkins wrote about Sager in a cover story earlier this year in the May 2, 2016 issue of Sports Illustrated. You can read Jenkins's full story on Sager's defiantly optimistic battle with cancer on The Crossover. 

- Jeremy Woo

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