Turner's Sager to Get Jimmy V Award at ESPYs

Sideline reporter has been battling leukemia since 2014

Craig Sager, the colorful NBA sideline reporter for Turner Broadcasting, will be honored by ESPN, getting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs.

Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and returned to the air in 2015. He’s currently covering the NBA playoffs. TNT announced during Oklahoma City's win over Golden State Tuesday night that Sager would receive the award.

The ESPYs will be broadcast live July 13 on ABC, which like ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Co.

“Craig’s positive attitude and passion have always been cornerstones of the coverage he does for TNT, and those attributes are a large part of what endears him to fans,” said ESPYs executive producer Maura Mandt. "He serves as an inspiration to many, as he continues his work while battling this devastating disease."

The Jimmy V award is named for former North Carolina State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano. Valvano died of bone cancer in 1993 weeks after delivering a famous speech at the ESPY awards. “Don't give up. Don't ever give up,” was Valvano’s memorable message.

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