Charles Barkley.

Charles Barkley defies doctors orders to ensure he is by Craig Sager's side

Published Add your comment

Charles Barkley is more routinely known as a fine power forward in his day and a controversial analyst in the here and now.

It now seems that Barkley is a humanitarian, too.

Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager underwent his third bone marrow transplant on Wednesday as he continued his battle with leukemia.

Have your say on GiveMeSport - NBA by taking part in our survey here:

He worked his first ever NBA Finals this season and is famous throughout the league for his outlandish suits.

Sager's wife, Stacy, had been alongside him throughout his cancer treatments. But, just days before Sager was due for his bone marrow transplant, his wife caught a heavy cold.

According to the Associated Press, doctors needed Stacy to stay away from Craig out of concern for his health and she was forbidden from coming to the hospital.

The 2016 ESPYS - Show

Once Barkley heard that Sager was going through his ordeal alone, he took a flight from Phoenix to Houston, so he could be by Sager's side at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Barkley only recently had a hip replacement and was under strict orders not to fly, but he could not see Sager struggle alone.

"Craig Sager is one of the most interesting people I've ever met," Barkley said. "We go to see Sager to cheer him up and by the time you leave you're like, 'Is anything wrong with him?' He has the most positive attitude - when you go to try and cheer him up his attitude is so upbeat he cheers you up."

It's nice to know that Barkley is chief enough people all around the league giving their utmost support to one of the game's finest ever broadcasters.

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Kobe Bryant
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again