The Nets announced Friday morning that forward Mirza Teletovic will be out for the remainder of the season with multiple blood clots in his lungs. Teletovic left the Nets game Thursday night due to shortness of breath, and it was at an LA hospital where the clots were found. Here is the statement from the Nets.
Nets announce Mirza Teletovic is out for the season. He has multiple blod clots in his lungs. Details: pic.twitter.com/2pqH1uThau
— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) January 23, 2015
Although there was a stretcher and ambulance available, the 29-year-old Bosnian left the court on his own. After the game, he tweeted that he was okay.
I had a small problem, but now everything is ok... Thx all fans from Bosnia, Spain and USA for support— Mirza Teletovic (@Teletovic33) January 23, 2015
In an interview with Bosnian media overnight, Teletovic said his condition was more about fatigue than anything else. Here's a translation of an interview with Radio Sarajevo.
"We have a busy season, and behind me is a huge amount of games. Last season I played more than 90 games during the NBA season, followed by preparation for Eurobasket, then qualifications, and then the start of the new season and fatigue was rolling in and got me . The doctors will do a new scan, to make sure what it was, but it is clear that it was fatigue. But we're all human and not machines."
The new scan apparently found the blood clots, a very serious condition. Paul Westphal's wife, Cindy, tweeted that Tim Walsh insisted on the second scan.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kudos2Nets trainer Tim Walsh. After Mirza was released from LA hospital,Tim insisted he go back again for 2 more,staying up w/him all night.</p>— Cindy Westphal (@GrammyWeeze) <a href="https://twitter.com/GrammyWeeze/status/558775098253918208">January 23, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Nets General Manager Billy King gave a statement on Teletovic.
"Our first thoughts are with Mirza and his family. We are very fortunate that our medical staff, along with the ER
staff at the California Medical Center in Los Angeles, were able to diagnose the problem. I have visited with
Mirza this morning and he is in good spirits as he begins his treatment and recovery. On the basketball side, we will explore all of the options available to us."
Teletovic was in the midst of a slump for some time now, but his shot seemed to be coming back to him over the past several games. The "King of Bosnia" was averaging more than eight points per game on 38% shooting from the field, 32% from the three-point line. Teletovic is a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
We wish Mirza a fast, and speedy recovery.
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