Frustrated Mirza Teletovic 100%, can't play

By on March 3, 2015

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Now that he’s healthy and the blood clots have disappeared, the frustration for Mirza Teletovic is in the waiting.

“Right now, I’m 100 percent, I can practice. I just can’t do contact,” the Nets forward said before Monday’s game against the Warriors, the first time he has spoken to the American media since being ruled out for the season. “I can do weights, I can do running, sprint, whatever. So I’m in good shape. I can shoot, I’m running, dunking. The only thing I can’t do — and it’s frustrating — I can’t play basketball.”

Teletovic, 27, feels fortunate just to be alive, of course, having been diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs last month after experiencing shortness of breath during a game against the Clippers. Just the prospect of flying on another plane threatened his life before the surprise diagnosis in L.A.

But he’s not allowed to play contact sports while administered blood thinners until at least July because of the potential for bruising. So he’s eager now to spread the message about an affliction that has been something of an epidemic recently in the NBA.

Miami’s Chris Bosh was the latest active player to be diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs. He was released from the hospital just last week, with his season officially over. Former Trailblazer Jerome Kersey died from it last month, and Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao had clots surgically removed from his lungs in 2013 before returning to play the last two seasons.

“I want to take this opportunity to reach out to Chris Bosh and tell him he doesn’t have to worry,” Teletovic said. “He’s going to get better and start working out pretty soon.”

According to Teletovic, the doctors are fairly certain that his blood clots originated from a hip pointer he suffered against the Cavaliers in December. The constant flights while sitting in cramped spaces could have contributed to the development of the clots, which Teletovic said traveled to his calves and into his lungs, where they eventually dissolved with the treatment.

“I didn’t feel right. My calf was hurting for no reason, and now I know why, I had a blood clot in there,” said Teletovic. “Couldn’t run. I would run up and down twice and I would have to get my breath together. You get home and you don’t know what’s wrong. My wife would just say go and sleep because I was tired all the time. I couldn’t get it together.”

Teletovic, a Bosnian international and the father of infant twins, averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 points this season as a reserve. He is a free agent this summer, hoping to return to the team that signed him in 2012 out of the Spanish league.

“In the end, I think it’s important for everybody — if you’re traveling this much, if you’re getting hit, you definitely should do a check up. It’s five minutes,” he said. “Whether it’s a CT scan or an ultrasound, because you can see if you have blood clots or not.”

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