These Players Overcame ATROCIOUS DisabilitiesJun 03, 2021
from being born with a disabling disorder to a player missing a finger NBA
playerscome in all shapes and sizes, but some
playershave the odds stacked against them due to things completely out of their control, like certain diseases or degenerative conditions into which they were born. there have been many players throughout history in all sports who have to face some type of adversity and have to work even harder to compete with their peers how are you doing folks my name is Andy and today let's take a look at seven players past and present nba players who
disabilitiesto make it in this league some even became superstars even though their conditions are a huge hurdle to overcome let's get started but before we start this video is sponsored by otis otis its the stock market for culture they have a website and app where you can buy and sell stocks of culturally relevant pieces there are new releases every week with a great selection to invest in they have basketball cards retro shoes games and pokemon cards also some options to choose from include this collection of street fighting games for the super nintendo one of the best se all time ries western conference semifinals everything is authenticated and certified so don't worry about fakes in this app you can buy and sell shares of these items as investments with the ability to own or co-own these items . otis with the link in my description and get your first share free when you fund your account okay let's start with the video honorable mention isaiah austin was originally projected to be a first round pick in the 2014 draft until he was diagnosed With Marfan syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the body's connective tissue, Austin's arteries in his heart were abnormally long and it was too risky for him to play basketball for a profession. national level on draft night adam silver made an amazing gesture for austin while he was never drafted or will ever play in the nba the crowd gave him a standing ovation number 7 front west on the surface during his playing days it seemed like the west always he was a goof you know he would make a lot of mistakes on the court he was the butt of a lot of jokes and basically one of the first nba memes during the social media era however for a long time in front he was suffering it wasn't until This photo came out where people began to wonder if Delhante is okay, her mental health was a huge burden and she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. the sports world alex reimer of forbes.com said it best for years the world knew about west's struggles with mental health but that didn't stop everyone from laughing west tried to expand the dialogue 12 years ago but but for example no we were ready today, everyone is more open to discussing it and it was Wes who started this conversation.
NBA teams began hiring mental health professionals to speak to athletes who are struggling to cope despite all the years of taunting. At least something good came out of it made him aware of a growing problem not only in sports but in world number 6 gerald greene gerald green was a very good 3 point shooter during his prime, but did you know he did it while he was only four fingers on his right hand? By the way, two-handed shooter, so theoretically it should be his shot. However, he has had a long time to adjust to green. He was only 11 years old when his ring finger fell off his hand. green door had a ring on his finger and when he jumped his ring caught on a nail on top of the door his whole finger was almost ripped off when his parents took him to the doctor they said his finger couldn't be saved they had to amputate it surgically, so that almost all of his finger turned green. player, however, he got used to it and gradually developed a better feel for the ball, so he can shoot with only his thumb, index and middle fingers.
That's pretty impressive. high, but for sean elliot that summer, he revealed to the public that he had a condition called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. was not treated promptly elliott knew about this condition for five years but the treatments were not working he needed a kidney transplant luckily he received a new kidney from his brother and then he managed to keep playing basketball he became the first professional athlete to continue his playing career post transplant a remarkable feat number four alonzo duel talking about kidney transplants alonso morning suffered the same condition as elliot fsgs but in the morning he got sick real fast in a matter of weeks he went from not feeling any side effects to deteriorating quickly and the doctor said his body was starting to go haywire all his body chemistry was failing if he continued to play in this condition he would suffer heart palpitations and possibly even cardiac arrest.
The morning he was in a desperate situation and he did not know where to look. Not only that, but at this time his grandmother was seriously ill and bedridden in the hospital. However, it was in the hospital that morning that he found the guy who would do it. change his life jason cooper a distant cousin he hasn't spoken to in 25 years came to visit morning's grandmother in the hospital that's where he found out that morning needed a new kidney cooper offered to donate his kidney to her it was compatible at this point in his career morning he had nothing else to prove if he withdrew no one would blame him but he didn't when the media asked him why didn't he say I came back because he knew he had work to do since I went through the transplant ?
I felt it was my mission to touch other people's lives through the pain I had to go through. I have been able to use my experience. to enlighten and provide hope and support to people battling all sorts of physical obstacles including kidney disease, cancer, and diabetes, getting back on the pitch has helped improve the lives of others, let's just say it was worth it, no He just inspired millions of people who suffered from those conditions but also won a championship as a featured player at the o6 miami heat kidney disease also forced morning to start taking his body seriously and pay attention to what he eats as a result he was on the right track. better shape of his life post transplant number 3 brandon roy roy's nba career was a tragedy at one point he was an upcoming superstar a guy who can literally do it all as a complete player we've all seen before we all know his career he was discontinued due to a degenerative knee problem, he caused the cartilage in his knees to slowly break down over time and there is no cure for that, eventually his knees and It was just bone on bone with nothing in between, but that's not the worst thing about growing up, Roy was he.
He was also diagnosed with a learning disability and this severely hampered his reading comprehension during his school years. He was always late. Now, he may ask, what does a learning disability have to do with playing basketball? to go to college, even to play basketball there, you still need to reach a certain threshold academically. Roy struggled immensely with his sat tests, he had to take the test four different times before they finally met. the requirement was also difficult for him when it came to studying film and learning the game plans in high school and college, he had a hard time following the instructions of his coaches, and despite his incredible talent, scouts feared his learning disability was a huge hurdle in the nba it turns out it wasn't roy that he
overcameand became an absolute beast on his knees however that's a different story number two lamarcus aldridge since aldridge entered the league on numerous occasions, he has had cardiac arrhythmia, which basically means that his heartbeat randomly speeds up or slows down. down or being at an irregular pace not sure how serious this issue is but there have been a handful of times where aldridge had to sit out because of it, his rookie season was cut short because of it and he was diagnosed with wolf syndrome parkinson white a condition in which the electrical signals that control the heartbeat arrive too soon through a channel that shouldn't exist within its first four seasons Got two separate procedures to address the problem, but the problem still hasn't gone away , so the doctors on his team always pay close attention to him when they talk about this.
Aldrid said that when he was a child he had these little flutters. i died at birth my mom told me when i came out of the womb i was not breathing they kept pulling on my chest i was not alive and then i fought back it is a condition that he has been struggling with all his life but never held him back Heart abnormalities are unfortunately , relatively common among NBA players, some players are forced to retire because Aldridge has been controlling him for a long time, so I hope he continues to do so in No. 1 Steve Nash, you see? this photo you have probably seen steve nash do this so many times when he is on the bench he usually does not sit in a chair he sits on the floor or lies on his back on the floor the reason is because he suffers from responding ylolisthesis a condition in The one where a bone in your lower back slides forward on the bone below it basically leads to severe back pain and if you get hit in the wrong place your back can be severely damaged.
Nash has to constantly stretch and make sure he doesn't. i dont sit still for long periods of time or your back will stiffen in a facebook post if thats how you described it i have a lot of miles on my back three bulging discs stenosis in the nerve path and spondylolisthesis i suffer from sciatica and after From games I often can't sit in the car on the way home which has made for some interesting drives most nights I'm bothered by severe cramps in both calves in my sleep as a result of the same damn nerve pathways and the The list continues somewhat comically throughout his last days, his back problems led to his final demise, but even so, you can't expect much more from him, Nash was never the tallest or most athletic player in the world, but he still managed to become a two-time mvp one o If the greatest point guard to ever step on the NBA court, perhaps his career could have lasted a little longer without this condition, but d I would go that he made the most of it.
Thank you all so much for watching those seven NBA players who overcame
disabilitiesand terrible conditions still contributed greatly on the NBA stage. I hope you enjoyed the video and, as always, I'll see you next time.
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