Nike creates custom Air Jordan 1 sneakers in tribute to Craig Sager (pic)
Craig Sager unquestionably is one of the most beloved characters affiliated with the NBA. And given the NBA on TNT’ reporter’s colorful personality — something wholly illustrated by his fashion flare — it’s a fitting tribute that the custom pair of Air Jordan 1 sneakers created in tribute to Sager match his unique and unmatched sense of style.
Images of the custom shoes were first shared on social media by DJ Khaled, who evidently is the lucky owner of one of only two pairs of Sager sneakers so far created.
Only 2 made for now ..Thank u Craig Sager and Reggie saunders #SAGERVISON @jumpman23 @SneakerNews @ComplexSneakers pic.twitter.com/9JxtlBKbNs
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) August 25, 2016
The sneakers feature a mishmash of plaid, stripes and other assorted patterns, all hallmarks of Sager’s frequently outrageous suits. The bottom of the shoes bear the message, “Sager Vision,” with each word featured on a separate sole.
As noted, DJ Khaled mentions in his tweet that only two pairs of the sneakers have been made at this point. There’s no word on whether or not Nike intends to mass produce them. But one cannot help but think it would be a great way to pay tribute to the ailing reporter, who has been waging a courageous and public battle with cancer since being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014.
Further, what better way to promote awareness and perhaps even raise funds for cancer research by donating some of the sale proceeds?
Sager’s last public appearance was when he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs in July. Throughout his battle, Sager has received countless tributes and well-wishes from his colleagues and the coaches and athletes he has covered throughout his long and prestigious career.
Let’s hope we see Sager don a pair of these custom kicks during a TNT broadcast once the 2016-17 season gets underway.