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Your Morning Dump… where Chris Wilcox talks about his heart condition

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 25, 2012 Injuries, The Morning Dump 23 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

It’s been good, it’s been bad, it’s been good… I was so scared coming out of surgery because I didn’t know what to expect, every time something happened or I felt some discomfort I called Jeff  [Green] like ‘when this happened, what did you do?’  He was kind of my main man letting me know what to expect and what to do.

Celtics YouTube Channel (via CelticsTown)

Very interesting interview with Wilcox.  He says he’s trying to raise awareness about heart conditions like his that was only caught because he went for regular check ups.

Wilcox is very fortunate that he’s a pro athlete.  Chances are pretty good that this never would have been caught otherwise.  And while this cost him most of a season, it’s given him a gift of awareness and appreciation for the little things that didn’t exist before.

It’s nice to see that Jeff Green supported him through all of this.  The odds of these two guys missing time together for the same type of ailment while playing for the same team are crazy.  So Wilcox having a teammate to lean on is huge.

One thing about Green and Wilcox that I want to say.  They have both visited some of the greatest cardiologists in the world.  These are people who know every intricacy of the human heart… they’ve held hearts in their hands!…. they fix hearts for a living and do it better than anyone…

If those people say Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox are healthy and can play basketball, then I’m pretty confident these guys are healthy and can play basketball.  And I know a lot of you are saying “well, I don’t know, man.  That still a heart problem” … But I’m sure that argument doesn’t make you a cardiologist, much less one of the best at it in the world.

These aren’t just team doctors… these are Cleveland Clinic doctors… they have a reputation to uphold.  They don’t need guys dropping dead on the court.  My point is… the experts say they’re good.  So I trust that they’re good.

I’m glad Wilcox and Green are back doing the jobs they love.  Good for them.

The rest of the links: 

ESPN Boston: Ford: C’s have a grade A offseason  |  Jamar Smith contract in focus 

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    • http://redsarmy.com John

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      • D Wade

        hey john don’t listen to Celticg that spoiled brat is a mommas boy

    • http://www.celticslife.com JRcelticslife

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      John & Co. Keep up the good work… This my go to site for all things celts!

    • colaroaster

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    • Caterpillar from Italy

      Bye then.

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    • D Wade

      @Celticg – it is what you called reporting, have you checked other sites as well, specially Yahoo they also copy paste. If you want originals from the source, you call that twitter. Hey Celticg get out of your basement your mom is calling you drink your milk.

    • D Wade

      celticsblog.com is run by dumb the dumber and can’t handle criticisms. I think they are run by gay couples

  • Shawna C.

    Re: comments about trusting the cardiologists who say these guys are good to go – couldn’t agree more. I think Celtics fans are a little wary because – let’s face it – heart surgery is scary stuff. But not only do I trust that some of the best cardiologists in the world have cleared these guys, I also have to believe that after everything that happened with Reggie Lewis in the 90s and how devastating that was on every possible level, the Celtics organization and team doctors would never let them back on the court if they thought there was any chance that they weren’t okay to play. This is an organization that has first hand knowledge of the fact that you can’t screw around with heart conditions. If they say they are healthy enough to play, I trust they can play.

    • LG

      Well said. I agree 100% with what you said. There’s no possibility that the Celtics training staff and team doctors would let Wilcox or Green resume playing NBA basketball after what happened to Reggie Lewis, Yinka Dare, or even Hank Gathers before them. As of right now, I believe there is two players that have come back from heart surgeries and have played normally: Ronnie Turiaf and, albeit in limited playing time, Eddy Curry. Even Chuck Hayes returned this past season after suffering from some heart abnormalities. I hope and do think that Green and Wilcox will return to basketball form.

  • DJisintheHall

    like both these guys, glad they re signed

  • Lakers4Life

    Thats awesome to hear. Coming from having heart problems myself, I’m extremely glad to see both of these players gettin to play ball after all they’ve been through.

  • Brian

    Chris Wilcox replied to my twitter comments a few times. I guess he is a Big east bound and down fan. When he threw out the first pitch at a minor league game in myrtle beach, told him to say Hi to Kenny powers for me. He got a kick out and replied back.
    He seems like a really down to earth guy, the kind that fans are really going to get behind. Lob City Boston 2012/3

  • RedsLoveChild

    Like anything else in life, it is impossible to predict.

    The body has a mind of it`s own!

    Dr. Mudge gave R. Lewis a clean bill of health, and was “confident he could perform w/o limitations.”

    Two months later, Lewis was dead.

  • RVKane

    Regarding the “heart” issue: I’m a physician and a huge Celtics fan, so I’ve had a keen interest in following Green’s and Wilcox’s injury. To my understanding, both these guys had an aortic aneurysm, which is a condition related to the the cardiovascular system, but it would be wrong to say that they had heart surgery. Of course, they have maintain a good blood pressure (not too or low), but because these guys are young, their recovery chances are excellent and their future complications are not related to playing basketball (or contact necessarily). Just wanted to offer some perspective on this. Hope it helps!

    Trade wise, I’m really glad that Ainge has signed players that are modest/humble and really want to play in Boston. There’s always a fear of losing the team “chemistry.” I would much rather have someone like Terry who wants to be here than Mayo. Not implying Mayo is better, but younger with arguably similar talent. At the end of the day, it seems like Doc is happy. And if anyone in this league knows how to put a championship team, it’s him. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • D Wade

    I didn’t understand a thing, all I can see is molly’s rack