Craig Sager is one of the most beloved and iconic figures in the history of the NBA world. The legendary sports reporter, known for his unique outfits was a reporter for over 35 years until his health just wouldn’t allow him anymore, as he passed away aged 65 after battling leukemia.
He was different from the other reporters because he had genuinely good and respectful relationships with the players and coaches. And this event that occurred between him and Dennis Rodman was the perfect example of it.
Back in 1993, Rodman was in a bad spot. He was playing for the Detroit Pistons, coming of dealing with a failed marriage that was rumored to be ended because she cheated on him with one of his teammates.
Rodman was contemplating suicide, as he headed to the Palace of Auburn Hills late one night, with a loaded gun in his truck, note left with a friend, to work out a life-or-death decision.
Sager tracked down Rodman on the second floor of a Detroit strip club called “The Landing Strip.” Sager and Dennis would have a heart-to-heart conversation, as he dissuaded Dennis from ending his life.
Sager recalled the moment:
“He had the gun. He was going to do it. I told him how stupid that would be”.
It was just an example of how Sager impacted a lot of people around him, as this was just an example of why he was so loved and labeled “larger than life.”