“I received treatment and a small cut on my brain,” Jawhi said. “Retirement crossed my mind and the first thing I asked the doctors was, ‘Would I be able to play again?’ I didn’t want people beating around the bush, not giving me the facts. I had a lot of basketball left in me, but I was okay retiring over health reasons as opposed to doing something stupid off the court. I would’ve been pissed if that happened.”
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But a few hours after the contest, joined by his younger brother Omar and teammate Jamont Gordon, Jawai began acting funny. It wasn’t due to alcohol because there was no booze present. The awkwardness was out of his control. “I felt drunk and knew something weird was going on,” Jawai said. “I started getting this huge headache. It was the size of a watermelon. My whole head was on fire, and I have a massive head. We were just sitting in the living room when all of the sudden I was feeling hot and my entire body was drenched in sweat. It didn’t add up because it was the winter. I was scared and said, ‘What the hell is going on?’ And we immediately called an ambulance.”
However, two weeks after his 27th birthday last year, Jawai had to confront his fears when he endured severe trauma to his neck and back following a blow to the head. When he started having numbness in his arms, vertigo and horrible headaches, he had to seek treatment and suddenly felt like he was in an episode of E.R. (a television series he vowed to never watch). “I was rushed to the hospital,” Jawai told Basketball Insiders in a phone interview. “My head was scanned, I got a Computed Tomography and was put in the Intensive Care Unit. I was completely knocked out, but when I woke up I couldn’t feel my legs. The entire bottom part of my body was numb. I was traumatized. I thought I was done, f***ed up.”
Jawai has since signed in the Spanish league, which is known as the top rated competition outside the NBA. “I’m on the path to become the force I once was with Barcelona; I’m not far from getting there,” Jawai said. “I appreciate Morabanc Andorra for giving me the opportunity to play. Being here is humbling and it motivates me to work hard and get back to the elite European clubs.”
MoraBanc Andorra agreed to terms with Nathan Jawai. The Australian big man will be announced by the Liga Endesa team as soon as he will send back the contract signed. Jawai comes from Galatasaray. The former NBA has played in Spain with FC Barcelona.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Hearing that Australian hulk Nate Jawai is giving serious thoughts to join ACB club Andorra. He’s in Espana now.