Welcome back Craig Sager: Returns to NBA sidelines for TNT

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio SpursThe start of the NBA season couldn’t come fast enough for Craig Sager.

After returning briefly last spring, Sager had to endure another bout with cancer. Sager, though, is optimistic the treatments went well and that he will be able to put in a full season on the NBA for TNT.

From Richard Deitsch at SI.com:

After 82 days of a 100-day maintenance program, his doctors at MD Anderson released him to go home to Atlanta. Sager is still seeing Houston doctors for aftercare maintenance and he recently had his blood work done, which checked out great. “All my numbers are good, my body is developing its own white blood cells, my platelets are high,” Sager said.

That sets up an exciting return to work for Sager, who will be on the sidelines Tuesday for the second game of TNT’s opening night NBA doubleheader, New Orleans at Golden State (10:30 p.m. ET). After his assignment in Golden State, Sager will work NBATV’s regular-season debut on Oct. 31 (Warriors at Hornets.) He will then be in Chicago for Thunder-Bulls on Nov. 5 for TNT, followed by Nov. 19 (Bucks at Cavs on TNT) and Celtics at Hawks (TNT), where Sager has purchased a suite for his local friends to watch him at the game. He’s also assigned to San Antonio at Memphis on Dec. 3.

Doctors said Sager is free to travel and he also has designs on working for NBC as a basketball reporter at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. “I have no restrictions as of now,” Sager said.

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