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10 Popular NBA Players Suffering From Life-Threatening Diseases

Every time we think of NBA players, we imagine a *very tall* extremely fit man who would apparently touch our room's ceiling without even jumping! The image of them falling sick doesn't come to the mind very quickly since they are known for their amazing fitness. But at the end, we are all humans, and even the fittest of us are betrayed by one or more organs of our own body.Here we have a list of 10 National Basketball Association who were diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. While some of them defeated them and came back to the game, so of them weren't fortunate enough.

1) Steve Nash

Canadian professional basketball player Stephen John “Steve” Nash is suffering from spondylolisthesis, a medical condition with muscle tightness and excessive back pain. That's the reason the Los Angeles Lakers player mostly lies on his back instead of sitting on the bench while he's not playing.  

2) Hank Gathers

American college basketball star Eric “Hank” Gathers was suffering from a heart-muscle disorder called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He had once collapsed on the ground during an LMU home game against UC Santa Barbara at the free-throw line on December 9, 1989. On Sunday, March 4, 1990, he again collapsed on the field during a match and died.

3) Eddy Curry 

American professional basketball player Eddy Anthony Curry, Jr. was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Most of the cardiologists he consulted cleared him to play further. 

4) Nene

The Brazilian professional basketball player took an indefinite leave for a medical issue on January 11, 2008. The Washington Wizards player had his testicular tumor removed on January 14, 2008. He was back with a bang in a match on March 27, 2008.

5) Sean Elliott

The 1989 NABC Player of the Year was diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease called the focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. After receiving a kidney from his older brother, Noel, he became the first professional basketball player to return to the game after a liver transplant. 

6) Alonzo Mourning

Player for the Miami Heat, Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a life-threatening kidney disease. He retired from the National Basketball Association on November 25, 2003.

7) Magic Johnson

Retired American professional basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson publically announced his immediate retirement from basketball on November 7, 1991. He was diagnosed HIV Positive and the news became a major headline in the United States for a long time.

8) Wayman Tisdale

Also a smooth jazz bass guitarist, Tisdale was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a knee cancer. He had accidentally fallen from a flight of stairs in his house and broke his leg on February 8, 2007. Later, in August 2008, his right leg was amputated due to bone cancer. 

9) Kareem Abdul Jabbar

The key player of the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, Jabbar was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of blood and bone marrow.