HoopsHype Chris Wilcox rumors

July 2, 2012 Updates

Free-agent forward Chris Wilcox has been cleared for full-court contact, his agent said Monday, as the 29-year-old attempts to resume his career after undergoing aortic surgery last March. Wilcox had been playing well for the Boston Celtics as a reserve when the team’s doctors noticed what the team called a “significant” enlargement of his aorta. As a precaution, Wilcox was shut down for the season and operated on at the Cleveland Clinic March 29. Doctors performed what is known as a “Modified David” procedure, in which a graft was attached to a small piece of Wilcox’s aorta to prevent it from enlarging further after he finishes playing. There was no valve replacement or bypass procedure performed. NBA.com

Free agent forward Chris Wilcox has been cleared for full-court contact, his agent said Monday, as the 29-year-old attempts to resume his career after undergoing aortic surgery last March. Wilcox had been playing well for the Boston Celtics as a reserve when the team’s doctors noticed what the team called a “significant” enlargement of his aorta. As a precaution, Wilcox was shut down for the season and operated on at the Cleveland Clinic March 29. NBA.com

April 27, 2012 Updates

The Celtics waived Wilcox in March, clearing a roster space to add big man Ryan Hollins. Even though he is no longer officially on the team, Wilcox flew from his home in North Carolina to attend the Celtics regular season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks. He plans to join the team during the playoffs in Atlanta against the Hawks, and hopes to be with them again next season. “I want to finish what I’ve started here,” he said. “I thought this was a great opportunity for me and things were working out well, and I went to the doctor to get a check up and things just changed.” CSNNE.com

March 29, 2012 Updates
March 23, 2012 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed center/forward Ryan Hollins. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. To make room on the roster for Hollins, the Celtics requested waivers on forward/center Chris Wilcox. NBA.com

March 22, 2012 Updates

A. Sherrod Blakely: #CelticsTalk: In order to make room for Hollins, #Celtics expected to waive Chris Wilcox. Twitter

March 15, 2012 Updates

The news was not what Chris Wilcox was looking to hear. The 6-foot-10 big man for the Boston Celtics, who has played some of his best basketball for the Celtics in recent weeks, told CSNNE.com that he will not return to action this season. Wilcox had a series of routine tests conducted that were related to his heart. The findings raised a red flag, and additional tests had to be performed. "The doctors said I'm done for this year," Wilcox said. CSNNE.com

"Wilcox has long had an aortic abnormality that remained stable throughout his 10-year NBA career. However, as a precautionary measure, the Celtics medical staff scheduled frequent aortic scans for Wilcox, and a recent scan showed a significant enlargement of his aorta. After several follow-up tests, doctors recommended surgery. " '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’s case,' said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. 'The entire Celtics family supports Chris during this difficult time in his career.' "At Chris’s request, neither Chris nor the Celtics will have any additional comment at this time." CSNNE.com

March 14, 2012 Updates

The Celtics received bad news regarding forward Chris Wilcox, who will have aortic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on March 29 and will miss the rest of the season. The surgery is expected to repair Wilcox's condition and he should be able to resume playing next season, the team said in a release. From the release: "Wilcox has long had an aortic abnormality that remained stable throughout his 10-year NBA career. However, as a precautionary measure, the Celtics medical staff scheduled frequent aortic scans for Wilcox, and a recent scan showed a significant enlargement of his aorta. After several follow-up tests, doctors recommended surgery." WEEI.com

March 11, 2012 Updates

Doc Rivers literally shuddered to think that after losing Jeff Green for the season to an aortic aneurism and subsequent surgery, he may also lose Chris Wilcox to a heart-related issue. The Celtics coach said prior to today’s game against the Lakers that Wilcox, who has apparently been undergoing monthly checkups on his heart for the last four or five years, has experienced some kind of aggravation in what had previously been considered a predisposed condition. “He’s always had something, where he did it for the last four or five years in Detroit, where every month he had to have it checked,” said Rivers. “He never had a condition, but we all have things we’re a candidate for, but it was never a condition that was risky, and unfortunately now it may be. Boston Herald

Major issues have struck again as backup forward Chris Wilcox will be out indefinitely after a routine monthly heart exam discovered a potential abnormality that will require more testing. A day after the team made that announcement, Celtics coach Doc Rivers did not sound optimistic about the possibilities of Wilcox returning soon. "It's not much I can say, they have a bunch of tests to run," he said before the Celtics faced the Lakers. "Obviously team-wise, it's a hell of a blow for us. It's not a great place. It's scary, it really is. You think about it, the chances of having one of these is pretty minute, the chances of having two (players with heart issues) is like impossible and there's a chance that may happen, so we just have to wait and see. "I always try to look at the human part of it, the fact that if something is wrong, I'd rather find it than not. So we're lucky, that's what I told our team, that's we're very lucky that this happened. Not unlucky. And that's the way I think you have to look at it." Boston Globe

Celtics forward Chris Wilcox, who missed Friday night’s win against the Portland Trail Blazers after having what was described as a routine cardiac test, will have further tests done early this week, according to team president Danny Ainge. Wilcox, who might not have the tests done until Wednesday, is out indefinitely as the Celtics begin an eight-game road trip today with an afternoon game against the Lakers. According to a Celtics spokesman, team physician Brian McKeon will meet with Wilcox this week in Boston. “We’re waiting for more testing,” said Ainge, who added that he didn’t know why Wilcox had the initial tests, which reportedly were conducted by an independent physician. “We didn’t find out until after he went. “All I can say is that I hope this is nothing serious.” Boston Herald

January 15, 2012 Updates

One player who didn’t make it onto the floor was Chris Wilcox, a particularly unfortunate development, considering that the forward had a few explosive moments in Friday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, including two big transition dunks off Rajon Rondo assists. The problem is that Wilcox, who already has missed time this season to a bruised shoulder, suffered a left calf injury Friday. According to Rivers, the injury likely will force Wilcox to miss the next “four or five” games. Too bad, considering that Rivers believes he is starting to see glimpses of the real Wilcox. “I had a long talk with him today, and I told him, what he did (against the Bulls) is what we should be seeing from him all the time,” Rivers said. Boston Herald

December 12, 2011 Updates
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October 12, 2011 Updates

The festivities for "Maryland Madness," the Maryland basketball version of midnight madness to kick off the college basketball season on Friday night, is coming together. Already, the alumni game was featuring four of the five starters from the Terps' 2002 NCAA championship team. Now, a couple other prominent former Terps will be involved. According to a team press release, Steve Francis, Eric Hayes and Jerrod Mustaf are also expected to be playing in the game, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. Those two will join Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Byron Mouton and Chris Wilcox. SB Nation

September 19, 2011 Updates

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