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Dwyane Wade designs special tie in support for TNT's Craig Sager

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Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has used his fashion endeavours to throw support behind TNT reporter Craig Sager in his own unique way. 

Sager, a sideline report for TNT's NBA coverage, has been battling acute myeloid leukemia since 2014 and has had the support of the entire NBA family throughout his difficult period. 

The 12-time All-Star Wade has teamed up with the Tie Bar - a neckwear company he regularly collaborates with - to create a special tie to benefit Sager's SagerStrong Foundation - which partners with multiple organisations to provide support for cancer patients throughout their battles.

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Countless players across the league have taken the time to send their best wishes to the 64-year-old with Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard even holding a blood drive to support the TNT reporter.

Wade, however, has taken things a step further by tapping into Sager's love of outrageous and colourful outfits by creating the tie in his honour.

His TNT colleagues including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny 'The Jet' Smith, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller all wore the special tie during their broadcast of game four of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors last night.

The Tie Bar stated: "Proceeds from the sale of this tie will be donated directly to the SAGERSTRONG Foundation, Inc., founded in support of TNT sports personality Craig Sager. SAGERSTRONG works with various charitable partners to support the treatment of those suffering from blood cancers and AML."

This touching gesture once again showed why Wade is regarded as one of the classiest players in the NBA. He also had a special message to go with it:

"Together, we can play defence on cancer, one tie at a time." Much love, Dwyane Wade.

Along with the tie, Stance - the official sock provider of the NBA - designed special edition Craig Sager-inspired socks which Webber shared on Twitter.

They are an impressive pair of socks, but if you fancy purchasing a pair, you're out of luck as Stance confirmed that they had sold out quickly.


It was announced on Tuesday that Sager will be awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs in July.

Despite his fight against cancer, Sager has continued travelling and working the sidelines at NBA games up and down the country and has been in full flow during the playoffs.

In March, in an interview with Real Sports on HBO, the Emmy-nominated journalist confirmed that his cancer was no longer in remission and revealed that doctors told him he had just 3-6 months to live. 

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He refused to accept that prognosis, however, and vowed to fight as much as he could to prolong his life and continue doing the job that he loves.

Sager is in his 17th season working on TNT's NBA broadcast and has the unwavering support of peers, fans, and players who are all keen to see him continue his exemplary work on the sidelines. 

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