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TNT NBA analyst Craig Sager sidelined with leukemia

After being mistakenly told he was cancer-free, the colorful announcer will miss the playoffs while undergoing treatment.

TNT ANALYST Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager's sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports yesterday.

Sager describes the postseason as "my favorite time of year - city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights."

He says that "a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes."

Sager was notified Tuesday that he was cancer-free, but then was told that it was a mistake, his son, Craig Jr., said on Twitter.

"They apologized and hit us with the gut check," he tweeted.


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Woodson reportedly would prefer that Jackson contact his agent if he is going to be fired. The New York Daily News reported that Jackson and Woodson were scheduled to talk over the phone to plan a meeting or work out terms of Woodson's departure and that Woodson told management he does not see a reason to meet with Jackson if he is going to be fired.

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Chicago (48-34) won a tiebreaker with Toronto at No. 19.

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