04/20 17:17 CDT Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice'
Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice'
SAN ANTONIO (AP) --- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to
sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and "I promise I'll be nice."
TNT's Sager is missing the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.
So his son, Craig Sager Jr., filled in for Sunday's broadcast of San Antonio's
playoff opener against Dallas, asking Popovich a few questions after the third
Popovich is famous for his terse answers to in-game questions from Sager and
other sideline reporters. Sager even joked about it in a statement Friday
confirming his diagnosis: "Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop."
This time, Popovich was verbose by his standards in discussing the Spurs' play.
"Great questions from Craig JUNIOR," he quipped at the end.
The younger Sager, a sports reporter in Atlanta, said he asked his father for
suggestions but was told, "You're on your own."
"You did a great job," Popovich said to him, "but I'd rather have your dad
Popovich then shared this message for his father: "We miss you. You've been an
important part of all of us for a long time, doing a great job. We want your
fanny back on the court, and I promise I'll be nice."
The ponytailed Sager Jr., 25, wore a sparkly orange tie from his father's
closet. A former football walk-on at Georgia, he later tweeted that he was
supposed to do a taped interview with Popovich but the coach insisted on doing
it live during the game. Popovich also gave him a hand-written letter to
deliver to his father.