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WATCH: Tom Izzo mourns the loss of Craig Sager

“What a fight and what a role model to show you how to live through it.”

The sports world mourned Thursday with the news that longtime basketball sideline reporter Craig Sager had passed away at age 65 due to leukemia.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked about Sager, how well he knew him and what he meant to the sport. You can see his answer in the above video posted by Spartan Sports Network:

“Craig was involved in the hall of fame when I was down in Houston,” Izzo said. “I knew him a little bit through Steve Smith too. That saddens me, of course. But what a fight and what a role model to show you how to live through it. Just like [Stuart] Scott. I think those guys are doing a lot of service for the rest of us on how to handle adversity like that.”

“We think a game is adversity; They are handling that, how to do it with class and how to share their story so that others can be helped by it. Craig Sager -- great guy, great for the sport.”