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

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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.

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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.

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.

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