Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors wore Sager-style T-shirts before Tuesday's season opener. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors honor Craig Sager, Nate Thurmond

The Golden State Warriors donned particularly fashionable shirts for a cause before Tuesday’s season opener against the San Antonio Spurs.

Head coach Steve Kerr wore the floral pattern shirt to his pregame media availability and even posed for a few photos as he entered the room.

The team is raising money for the SagerStrong Foundation by selling T-shirts fashioned after legendary broadcaster Craig Sager’s signature style.

“It’s good to be honoring Craig Sager,” Kerr said. “With our shirts and our fans. I think you’ll like my tie as well.

“This night is about opening the season, getting started but also honoring Craig and raising money for leukemia research.

“You guys may connect the dots with Nate Thurmond, with the Warriors, passed away from leukemia. This is a night for us, we’re thinking about Craig, we’re thinking about Nate, and we’re trying to do our part to help.”

The Warriors also prepared a video to honor Sager.

When asked, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich heaped on praise of his own.

“He’s somebody who has endured more than I can even imagine, all the treatment he’s gone through. It seems to go up and down and up and down. He’s high and then he’s dejected because of what’s going on. He’s been through it all, and he still smiles and still jokes and still has a great sense of humor. He’s just an iconic and weird and wonderful guy all at the same time.”

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