Gregg Popovich’s unexpected touching interview with Craig Sager’s son during Spurs/Mavs game
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Most short but memorable encounters between the colorful sideline reporter Craig Sager and the always deadpan funny Coach Gregg Popovich start off as serious, then go into awkward territory and then end without notice leaving us feeling shocked and then amused as we replay the encounter and laugh at it.
With Sager on leave from the NBA playoffs because of acute leukemia, his son, Craig Sager Jr., had the scary task of lasting 30 seconds or more with Pop in between the 3rd and 4th quarter of the Spurs win over the Mavs. As expected, It started off with a serious tone and question but then Pop gave a rare smile and pat on the back to Sager as he answered the first question.
A second question was asked and an expected short answer was given and then Pop unexpectedly complimented Sager.
Awkwardness crept into the interview.
Sager then told Pop that he asked his Dad if he had any questions and just when you thought the Q&A was going to end with a quick joke it took an unexpected emotional turn as Pop gave a short but touching speech to the camera.
“Craig we miss ya, you’ve been an important part of all this for a long time, doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court and I promise I’ll be nice.”
Arrived this morning to do a taped interview with Pop. He goes no, we’re doing this live 3rd qtr just like your Dad. pic.twitter.com/RPAwIt7tvR
— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 20, 2014
The Inside the NBA crew also paid tribute to Sager on Sunday.
Here’s a few classic encounters between Craig and Gregg in the past.