Chris Wilcox - Heart Surgery
- Published on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 10:03
BOSTON - Chris Wilcox, who was in the midst of a solid year as the Boston Celtics’ reliable sixth man, will have season-ending heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on March 29, 2012.
The heart abnormality was discovered during a routine screening, and revealed that Wilcox’s aorta, the largest artery in the body, had recently thickened.
Doctors and Celtics officials are optimistic that Wilcox will resume his basketball career next season.
“While we are saddened that Chris will not be able to play again this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Chris’ case,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge.
At the time of the discovery, the 6-foot-10 Wilcox was leading the Celtics in Field Goal percentage, converting 60% of his shots while averaging 17.2 minutes per game in 28 appearances.
Wilcox’s consistent play on the court will certainly be missed by the Celtics. “Team wise, it’s a huge blow for us,” said Head Coach Doc Rivers when asked to reflect on the team moving forward without Wilcox.
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