10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening Diseases

Sports stars are noticed by the world for their great fitness. It is part of their job to have great body fitness and well-maintained health, through regular exercises, selected food intake and a set routine. It is important for them to be in a healthy state of body and mind. One can only imagine that the athletes who are so conscious about their health and body shape must be able to evade a number of illnesses which can otherwise affect people who are negligent towards their health.

10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening DiseasesBut, it cannot be forgotten that athletes are mere mortals, and it is not in their hands to control all illnesses. Some athletes get affected with some life-threatening diseases. Sometimes, these happen due to some wrong step or negligence, like an injury or catching the HIV, and sometimes, it is sheer bad luck. Let us take a look at 10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening Diseases.

10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening Diseases

10. Eddy Curry

10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening Diseases
10 NBA Players Diagnosed with Life Threatening Diseases

American professional basketball player Eddy Anthony Curry, Jr. plays as a center and currently listed with 7 feet height and 295 lb. weight. He was a member of the Miami Heat in the 2011–12 NBA season and was also a part of the Heat’s 2012 championship team. Curry then went to play for the Dallas Mavericks in the early part of the 2012–13 season and later moved to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association the same year. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. While most of the cardiologists cleared him to play, a world-renowned specialist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Dr. Barry Maron suggested he should undergo a DNA test. His team offered him if he took and failed the genetic test an annuity of $400,000 per year for the 50 years. But in reality, Curry never took the test and relies on the clearances from other experts.

9. Hank Gathers

10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening Diseases
10 NBA Players Diagnosed with Life Threatening Diseases

American college basketball star Eric “Hank” Gathers played for Loyola Marymount University and widely remembered as he collapsed and died during a basketball game. He is the second only player in NCAA Division I history to lead in scoring and rebounding in the same season. Gathers collapsed on ground during a LMU home game against UC Santa Barbara at the free-throw line on December 9, 1989. He was immediately diagnosed to have an abnormal heartbeat called exercise-induced ventricular tachycardia. He again collapsed and died on ground in the first half of the WCC tournament semifinal game against the Portland Pilots on Sunday, March 4, 1990. An autopsy later revealed that he was suffered from a heart-muscle disorder called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

8. Steve Nash

10 NBA Players Diagnosed Life Threatening Diseases
10 NBA Players Diagnosed with Life Threatening Diseases

Canadian professional basketball player Stephen John “Steve” Nash currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He is one of the Greatest NBA players of all time. He was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year twice till now and was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in May 2006. Nash was awarded with the Order of Canada in 2007 and later received an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria in 2008. He is suffering from a medical condition called spondylolisthesis which causes muscle tightness and excessive back pain. For that medical issue he mostly lies on his back rather than sitting on the bench when he is not in the game to keep his muscles from stiffening.

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