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Chris Wilcox
Chris Wilcox
Position: None
Born: 09/03/82
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
This summer, Wilcox said he has been biking and has trimmed down. He is just 30 years old despite having played 11 NBA seasons. As a backup center, he could be an asset for another five years, but Wilcox’s motor and basketball IQ have come into question in recent years. Add to that a market that may only allow Wilcox to join a team on a training camp invitation and a return may be difficult. “I am open to going overseas,” he said. “At the same time, I would love to stay here in the NBA. If it’s something that I have to do, then I’ll do it.”
Wilcox, who will host a golf tournament in Wake Forest, N.C., next week to benefit the American Heart Association and Lupus Foundation of America, is hoping for another chance in the NBA, but jobs for aging veterans are drying up. And Wilcox has not been able to avoid injuries the past few seasons. “At this point I’m just trying to get right, just trying to be ready, I don’t know what’s going to happen this year,” he said. “Last season [coming off heart surgery] was tough because I didn’t know what to expect. I was kind of preparing myself like, well if Jeff [Green] can do it, then I can do it. Jeff was further along than me [in his recovery] and it kind of messed with me mentally because I’m like, ‘Why can’t I do this? Why can’t I do that?’ I was just trying to come back and I came back as soon as I could.”
Wilcox will be a free agent on July 1 and it’s questionable whether I will return to the Celtics. “Now is definitely a good time for me because I’ve had a chance to play, get contact during the whole season,” I said. “I did not play a lot of minutes and I’m feeling good right now. So I’ve got a lot of extra-time to just to prepare and work on my game. This time that I have off right now is a time for me to grind and get my game right.” Wilcox said he wants to return to the Celtics. “I definitely think I can help this team,” I said. “This year I really was not able to show a lot of stuff that I can do, injuries and different things like that. But I do think I can help this team or get to a situation where I can help. ”
But after dealing with an enlarged aorta for years that put him on the surgeon’s table in late March 2012, Wilcox has developed a strong sense of perspective. “If it’s meant to be, it’ll be,” he said of continuing with the Celtics. “I’m going to be prepared for any situation that I get into from here on out. “I really didn’t have that much time to prepare this year. But at the end of the day I’m blessed. This was definitely a tough year, but at the end of the day it’s a blessing for me to be able to play and come out and be able to do what I did.
Clearly Wilcox doesn’t want to leave town this way. “I mean, yeah, I would love to come back,” Wilcox said. “I would love to come back and be a part of this, because I just feel like I didn’t. . . . I wasn’t me, you know what I mean? So I want to come back healthy. I want to come back and be healthy right from the start of training camp and get a preseason in and find my way from the beginning. “I think me being hurt and just rushing everything kind of put a toll on me and had me sitting when I could have been playing. I mean, I’ve just got to go back to the drawing board, get healthy and get ready.”
While the Celtics’ could wind down season in disappointing fashion perhaps because of injuries and age creeping into the once-energetic bodies of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, there will be intrigue this summer. The organization must choose whether to reload for one more championship run or cut ties with its most popular player. Pierce has a team option on his contract for 2013-14 at $ 15.3 million, with a $ 5 million buyout before June 30. Meanwhile, Chris Wilcox’s minimum salary is the only guaranteed money that will come off the books next season, ensuring the Celtics will again be a luxury-tax team. Even jettisoning Pierce’s contract would not offer financial flexibility because they would still be over the salary cap.
Now as Wilcox once again eyes his first playoff berth, the pain, hustle, and obstacles he experienced over the past year are worth it. When he thinks back to the days when he pushed himself to the limit — and sometimes far beyond — he would not have approached his comeback any differently. “Nothing,” he said of changes he would have made. “It’s a grind and I knew this is what I wanted. If this is what I wanted, I knew I had to work for it. I had to do whatever it took to get back out here.”
Last season Wilcox had gelled with Rajon Rondo on the court and proved to be a big man who could run in transition. He also had a tight-knit group of teammates away from the game, which included Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and then-Celtics Marquis Daniels and Keyon Dooling. Wilcox wanted to return to Boston. He couldn’t help but wonder if the Celtics would feel the same way. “I think my lowest moment was when I was home in recovery, not knowing if I was going to play again,” he said. “I was knowing Jeff (Green) was back playing, but I knew everyone’s situation is different. I was like, ‘Jeff is young so they might take a chance with (him) and look at me as being the older guy, no chance at all.”
He continued, “[The doctors didn’t really know what I was doing], but I had to do what I had to do to get back on the court. Nobody knew. The doctor was just like, ‘Man, things are coming around so much quicker for you’ because I was like, ‘I’ve got to get out of (rehab).'” Wilcox tested his limits. At times his mental strength outlasted his physical endurance. “One time I was working out and I get home and I’m sitting down in the bed and I’m like, damn, I’m hurting, I’m hurting, I’m hurting,” he recalled. “I went to the hospital and they told me I had to calm down, chill out, I was doing too much. I had built fluid up around my heart. I had fluid pockets around my heart and my lungs from being out in the weather probably when I wasn’t supposed to, working out, just different things. That was probably two and a half months, three months after the surgery. I had to get on a breathing [mechanism] and I had to take medicine to get the fluid pockets down. It’s been tough, you know?”
Refusing to be held back, Wilcox pushed on. He heard rumblings of cynicism and was determined to quiet the naysayers. While many were projecting he would be ready to return in November or December, Wilcox didn’t think he could wait that long. By that time the season would be underway, and he wanted to be ready for training camp. “It’s crazy because I had surgery the end of March, almost like the first of April,” he said. “When I got out of the hospital it was April 3 or something like that. April, May, June, July, I had to start back working out four months after my surgery when I wasn’t supposed to do anything until probably like six months. So I’m back working out running and I’m not even supposed to.”
Celtics forward/center Chris Wilcox received the encouraging news Tuesday that he won’t need surgery on his injured right thumb, but that only did so much to alleviate the frustration he feels over not being on the court yet again. Wilcox suffered a sprained ulnar collateral ligament while trying to draw a charge during the Celtics’ 100-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 18, and received the dispiriting news a short while later that he would be out what was originally pegged as 3-4 weeks.
The Boston Celtics big man underwent season-ending heart surgery in March and watched his teammates fight for a title from courtside seats. After months of rehab, he re-signed with the Celtics this summer and was poised to make his comeback. However, his return has been delayed due to back spasms. “I’m not ready, I’m not comfortable right now,” he said prior to Tuesday’s preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets. “When my strength and my conditioning get where they need to be, then I’m going to get back out there. I don’t want to go back out there too early and then sit out again. I want to make sure this time when I come back, I’m ready.”