Transcript for Robin Roberts honored with Sager Strong Award at 2019 NBA Awards
now we're going to go to that high-profile honor for robin Roberts at the 2019 NBA awards ceremony last night robin received the Sager strong award. Yes. It is given to trail blazers known for their courage and leadership. Adrienne Bankert was there and joins us now from L.A. Good morning, Adrienne. Reporter: Oh, good morning, Michael. Yes, it was wonderful to be in the audience for robin's very special moment recognized for her grace and her courage. She also received a standing ovation. The third annual NBA awards, a night to remember for some of the biggest names in basketball. And for our own robin Roberts. This year's recipient of the Sager strong award named for the late sideline reporter Craig Sager who died of cancer in 2016. It is with tremendous pride that we present this year's Sager strong award to the undefeated robin Roberts. Now, the only time that I am at a loss for words when it comes to Craig, his wardrobe. I cannot wait to wear this on the air. If this doesn't wake you up in the morning, I don't know what will. Although the outcome for Craig was not what we hoped for, what not what we prayed for, his journey, his valiant fight was every bit as powerful and meaningful to all of us who fight on in his memory. Reporter: This year's host shaquille O'Neal says he couldn't be more proud. She's never given up and every time she comes back she comes back younger looking. Reporter: We caught up with robin backstage. I don't take awards lightly. Let me just say that. I honestly don't. They all have their own significance and meaning and I'm a little girl who grew up in Mississippi and my mom and dad are -- sorry. They just wanted their children to be respected. They wanted us to work hard and to earn whatever would come our Reporter: It was also an emotional night for the Milwaukee bucks giannis antetokounmpo winning the MVP award. I want to thank the front office, the ownership for, you know, believing in me. Reporter: And in another first the NBA awarded two lifetime achievement awards in one year, Larry bird and magic Johnson. The once rivals now dear friends. Who would win a game? He's been beating me all over the country for five year. That was after we were done Yes, that's what I'm saying. Right now? Right now. This dude -- Me either. Forever. You would still win. Reporter: Okay, so myself along with the entire crew all fan girl and fan boyed out and applauding the next generation. So many had kind words for robin. Charles Barkley, Shaq, niecy Nash and actor Michael Ealy had a moving personal story in his own family applauding our own robin Roberts. We are so proud of her. Yes, we are. She says she wanted to work hard and be respected and we all know how hard robin works and how respected she is and
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