Craig Sager.

Craig Sager stopped Dennis Rodman from killing himself back in 1993

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Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager has been in the NBA for over 20 years now, and the likeable journalist has become a staple of the league during that time.

Sadly, it appears as though Mr. Fancy Suit might be witnessing his final ever season of basketball.

After beating leukemia back in 2014, thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his son, Sager recently admitted back in March that doctors informed him the illness had returned and he has three-six months to live.

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Of course, during his tenure on the sidelines, Sagervision got to know many of the league's greatest players very well indeed. One player, who he still talks to today, is Dennis Rodman.

In an extensive interview with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, Sager revealed that back in 1993, he found Rodman at a Detroit strip club called The Landing Strip and proceeded to talk him out of taking his own life.

"He had the gun. He was going to do it. I told him how stupid that would be," said Sager, per Jenkins.

Ignoring the fact that Rodman somehow had a gun for a second, it shows just how much of an important figure Sager has been around the league and how much more he has meant to the sport than just his legendary voice on the side.

Dennis Rodman (L) of the Chicago Bulls gets beer a

Alongside Isiah Thomas, Rodman was one of the legendary 'bad-boy' Pistons that won championships in 1989 and 1990. Only a few short months after his encounter with Sager, the tenacious defender was traded to San Antonio where he would spend the next two seasons of his infamous career.

However, he would then find his way to the Chicago Bulls where Rodman would enjoy historic success, including setting the best regular season record in history after going 72-10. You may have heard recently that the Golden State Warriors broke that 20-year record only a few weeks ago.

In an interview with HBO's Real Sports that aired in March, the 64-year-old revealed his acute myeloid leukemia was no longer in remission.

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Since announcing the return of his illness, Sager has received an outpouring of support from the world of basketball with special tribute videos and get well messages emanating from just several games.

According to Jenkins, "Sager writes the names and numbers of everyone who calls him on three-by-five index cards. He walks around with a stack. Rodman calls all the time."

It's nice to know that Rodman has apparently never forgotten what Sager did for him that day in 1993. Had his friend not showed up when he did, the rebounding machine might have never gone on to play for the Chicago Bulls and win three championships with Michael Jordan.

Let's hope karma has a way of helping Sager in his time of need this time around.

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