Given who his father was, Craig Sager II has probably received many colorful pieces of clothing as gifts during his lifetime.
Still, the tie he received from
Sager II hadn’t seen the San Antonio coach since before his father, the popular
Popovich had a special relationship with the elder Sager. Their on-air battles became legendary, while an off-camera friendship also developed. On the night Sager died, Popovich told reporters:
“To talk about him being a professional and good at what he did is a tremendous understatement. All of us who knew him understood that that fact was what he was all about as far as work was concerned, but he was a way better person than he was a worker — even though he was amazing in that regard. He loved people. He enjoyed pregames, during games, postgames. He loved all the people around it, and everybody felt that.”
While his father underwent treatment for leukemia during the 2014, the younger Sager took his spot on TNT and got to experience an in-game interview with Popovich himself.
The coach took it easy on the young man. "You did a great job,” Popovich told him on air, “but I'd rather have your father here."