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Sager Calls Popovich's Comments "Uplifting," Expects To Remain In Hospital A Month

TNT's Craig Sager said that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's on-air well-wishing on Sunday was "a moment he won't soon forget," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Sager said, "It was just fabulous, an uplifting, tremendous thing for me." Deitsch noted after two days of chemotherapy, Sager "was in high spirits." On April 10, Sager "was in Dallas to work a Spurs-Mavericks game when he started feeling ill." After the Mavs' team physician recommended Sager check himself into a Dallas-area hospital, Sager said that he "was told his hemoglobin had dropped to dangerous levels." Sager was "immediately given a series of blood transfusions and additional testing." Doctors "started five days of chemotherapy on Saturday," and Sager said that he will "undergo three treatments each day through Wednesday." Sager: "My personality has not been affected. I'm trying to stay positive and I feel pretty healthy. I feel obviously better than I did last week. Thank God for the NBA on TNT, because I am watching all the games and it is therapeutic. ... All of sudden they are administering the first chemo and [ESPN's] Mike Breen gets on the air and says, 'Hey, we just want to say we miss Craig Sager.' That happened right as the first chemo came. I was like, Wow, I feel better now from the love and support of the airwaves!" Sager said that his doctors told him that he will "be in the hospital for at least four weeks" (SI.com, 4/21).