The Celtics announced today that newly acquired guard Courtney Lee will be wearing the number 11 this upcoming season. Shortly after that, Lee tweeted this:
Daniel E. Rumph II, a rising, basketball star who attended Western Kentucky University with extreme hope for a bright and promising future, was that kid you just imagined. Sadly, he didn’t survive. If the recreation center had been equipped with an AED, Danny, as we affectionately called him, may have still been with us today. Danny came home for a short visit on May 5, 2005, before his team went on a trip to Europe. Danny was in great shape, so on the evening of May 8, 2005, he went to the local recreation center to play a game of basketball with his friends. Danny went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest right after scoring the game-winning basket. His friends didn’t know how to administer CPR, and there was no AED in the center. Danny died, at the young age of 21, on May 8, 2005, from Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart that shuts down when it’s under stress.