NBA Doctors Make Another Crucial Catch

September 21st, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
On Thursday, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic broke a bit of news that was equally unfortunate and promising. Per Coro, Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye will miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart caused by a rare condition—the latest in an oddly prevalent series of heart-related diagnoses in the NBA, and a good catch by the Suns' medical staff.

For Frye and the Suns, this injury likely comes as a complete surprise.

Lingering knee pain suggests the possible need for eventual surgery. Back spasms point to a problem much greater than a mere symptom. But heart complications have a tendency to come without warning, and naturally warrant the full attention of player, team and doctors.

One doesn't play through an enlarged heart, or ignore the initial warnings in hope that the condition goes away. The potential for gambling doesn't even register on cardiac issues, and Frye's absence from the Suns lineup this season is likely the only possible course of action in a case that's categorically open-and-shut.

And regardless of how unfortunate that may be in a player-and-team-specific sense, the fact that more players are being diag ...

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