On Thursday night, legendary NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager worked his first NBA Finals game ever thanks to an arrangement made by ESPN and Turner. Sager is dealing with acute myeloid leukemia, and his perseverance has served as in inspiration to millions.
James Conner, a star running back for the Pittsburgh Panthers, recently overcame a cancer diagnosis of his own. So it was a heartwarming moment to see Sager and Conner conversing via FaceTime before Game 6 in Cleveland.
Here’s how it happened, per ESPN:
"Conner's mentor and family friend Mike Gallagher was shooting Game 6 of the Finals (sic) for WJET in Conner's hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and said he was chatting before the game with Sager, whom Gallagher said was familiar with Conner's story and asked if he could call the football player."
Someone said they know someone w/ cancer and Sager is his inspiration. Sager talked to him via FaceTime right away pic.twitter.com/Wv8esp0TFG— Lauren Brill (@LaurenBrill5) June 17, 2016
FaceTime with the Legend Craig Sager!! pic.twitter.com/OyAaPtbGDB— James Conner (@JamesConner_) June 16, 2016
Certainly an awesome moment shared between two inspirational people.