Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by roscoe36, Dec 7, 2006.
SI.com - NBA - After surgery, 7-9 Ming pursuing NBA dream - Wednesday December 6, 2006 9:17PM
Basketball aside, I hope everything works out for him.
I'm sure going through life at 7' 9" can be hard enough, let alone having the potentially fatal health complications at such a young age.
Interesting. I had never heard of Ming Ming, but knew pituitary tumors were found in giantism. I was curious if basketball players were often found to have Marfan's Syndrome, a genetic disorder presenting tall, slender builds with long limbs, an athletic attribute, for sure. It's very serious, can be life threatening, especially with cardiovascular complications. I looked it up, and sure enough, many high profile athletes have had it. Since more is known about it now, I'm sure more sports team doctors aggressively screen for it.
The case I read about was Lakers Turiaf. He is so lucky Laker team docs found it, were able to do surgery, and he is now playing basketball. It's amazing that he played basketball at Gonzaga for 4 years and his physicals never revealed it. Now, I am really cheering for that guy, what an ordeal for a young kid to go through.
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