Chris Wilcox is healthy. That’s most important. He watched the Celtics meet the Bucks last night, spent time shooting the shit with his former teammates in the Boston locker room afterward, looked in good spirits even though it was his first “challenge” since undergoing heart surgery on March 29, plans to return to the NBA next season, and wouldn’t mind playing for the Celtics again.
“I just lost 20 pounds from the surgery. It’s good weight I lost,” he said. “But I feel good. (Last night) was my first challenge of going out to a game and being in the arena. My first day, and everything worked out well. The doctors told me I should be good as new — the healing process has come along.
“When I found out about it I was more scared than anything, because I didn’t know what was going on,” said Wilcox. “It was a life-changing experience. You look at life totally differently. I never thought anything was going on or suspected anything. For me to go in and find it out was shocking.” …
“Jeff is a good friend. I’ve known him since his rookie year,” said Wilcox. “We talked about it, and he walked me through it a little bit. It was great for me, because it gave me someone to follow and talk to, but at the same time it was crazy. They saved his life just like they saved mine.”
And like Green, Wilcox hopes to play for the Celtics next year.
“I want to finish what I started,” he said. “I started to get a rhythm, and now I want to be a part of history too. I would love to come back and be a Celtic.”
And just for old time’s sake:
- Chris Wilcox out for season with heart issue
- Chris Wilcox heart surgery scheduled for March 29; full press release
- Chris Wilcox heart issue? Center undergoing additional cardiac testing
- Chris Wilcox (bruised shoulder) unlikely against Hornets
- Video: Rajon Rondo consecutive alley oops to JaJuan Johnson, Chris Wilcox