The Celtics received another stunning injury blow Wednesday afternoon when they learned that forward Chris Wilcox will not return this season because of surgery to repair an enlarged aorta determined during his monthly heart examination.And, from ESPN:
Wilcox, who last played March 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers, underwent a series of tests and the team received those results Wednesday as it prepared to play the Golden State Warriors.
The Celtics announced late Wednesday afternoon that Wilcox will undergo surgery March 29 at the Cleveland Clinic, and doctors have said he can resume his NBA career next season. The team said Wilcox, 29, has a previous condition that had been “stable,’’ but recent tests showed an enlargement of the aorta that requires surgery.
For the second time in this abbreviated NBA season, the Boston Celtics have lost a player to a heart ailment. Chris Wilcox, a forward/center, will undergo aortic surgery on March 29 and miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Wednesday.(It's a sad note to hit a milestone on, but Blogger's stats inform me that this is post #500 for this blog, so cue the balloon and confetti drop! It took a little over 6 years to get to 500, so I hope to still be around for post #1000 in 2018!)
The cardiac irregularity was first detected last week during a routine screening. Wilcox has had a known heart abnormality that previously had remained stable, but followup tests confirmed Wilcox's aorta has thickened recently. Doctors are hopeful Wilcox will be able to resume his basketball career next season.