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Celtics’ Chris Wilcox out for season with heart condition

Mar 14, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass AP

It has been a rough season for the Celtics when it comes to rare heart conditions.

Chris Wilcox, the journeyman backup big who has given Boston quality minutes in recent weeks, is out for the season because he will undergo aortic surgery in a couple weeks, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

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.

The abnormality is something that Wilcox has played through during his 10-year NBA career and the Celtics were aware of it when they signed him. However, as a precaution, they scheduled more heart tests for him during the season. A recent test raised a red flag.

Jeff Green, who was to be the Celtics sixth man this season this year, has had to miss the entire season due to a heart condition.

  1. jjordannba - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    This is not good at all 2x in one season for one team. The disappointing part is that he came to Boston because he had never been to the playoffs in his 10 year career. Best of wishes to Wilcox and hopefully he can get to the playoffs next year where ever he plays.

  2. passerby23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    If there was any championship window open for the Celtics, it’s been slammed shut now. Really unfortunate for the C’s this year.

  3. bearsstillsuck - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Why didn’t any other team make him undergo those additional tests?

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