Popovich flew to Sager’s service on Dec. 20, a gameday.
After Spurs coach Gregg Popovich flew to Craig Sager’s funeral on a gameday, he gave the tie he wore to Craig Sager Jr.
Popovich, a friend of the late TNT broadcaster, made a point of being at the service, traveling from Atlanta to Texas the afternoon of Dec. 20, even though his team had a game against the Rockets that night. Afterward, according to Sager Jr., he gave him the multi-colored tie that he wore on Dec. 20 in honor of his father.
The legendary coach fondly remembered Sager following his death last month with a long statement, and did not take questions afterward.
Popovich’s gruff, humorous and occasionally odd handling of in-game interviews with Sager became a tradition throughout the years. He died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.
– Kenny Ducey