After 34 years with Turner Sports, sideline reporter Craig Sager is make his long awaited NBA Finals debut.

Craig Sager is best known as the long-time sideline reporter for The NBA on TNT. After 34 years with Turner Sports, Sager will be joining his first NBA Finals broadcast.

ESPN assigned Sager to handle sideline reporting duties for Game 6. According to Ben Cafardo of, Sager will share the gig with Doris Burke and work with ESPN’s A-team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson.

Sager issued a statement on how excited he was to finally be a part of the NBA Finals.

I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team. I’ve been watching the series very closely and, while I do not want to distract in any way from the event itself, I look forward to being in the building for what will be an incredibly exciting Game 6. The NBA community is a very special one and this is a great honor.

Sager was diagnosed with leukemia and missed the entire 2014 NBA playoffs, before making his return during the 2015 season.

Sager will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs.

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