Nets’ Mirza Teletovic leaves hospital after blot clot scare

By on January 29, 2015

Mirza Teletovic is expected to make a full recovery after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images Mirza Teletovic is expected to make a full recovery after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.

It was good news for Mirza Teletovic in a story that goes beyond basketball.

The Nets forward, who less than a week ago was diagnosed with season-ending blood clots in his lungs, was discharged Wednesday from a L.A. hospital symptom-free.

“I expect Mirza to make a full recovery,” said team physician Dr. Michael Farber.

Teletovic, 29, still won’t play this season, but this is certainly a good sign about his future in basketball. The Bosnian international removed himself from last Thursday’s game against the Clippers because he had trouble breathing, a problem he experienced in prior days.

Following a CT scan, Teletovic was diagnosed with the potentially fatal condition and remained in the L.A. hospital while administered blood thinners. Coach Lionel Hollins said Teletovic could’ve died if the blood clots were ignored and he boarded the team plane to Utah.

In L.A., Teletovic reacted well to the treatment.

“We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary,” Farber said.

Teletovic will be a restricted free agent after the season, having played three up-and-down years with the Nets. In 40 games this season, he posted averages of 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.3 minutes per game.

The Nets have not signed a replacement for Teletovic, instead using rookie Cory Jefferson in the rotation.

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Mason Plumlee and Bojan Bogdanovic were named to opposing teams of the Rising Stars Challenge, which will be played Feb. 13 at Barclays Center during All-Star weekend.

This year’s edition of the game (once called Rookie-Sophomore Challenge) has a new format, with the top rookies and second-year players from USA going against the top rookies and second-year players from around the world.

As a result, Plumlee, 24, from Indiana, will represent Team USA, along with Michael Carter-Williams (Sixers), Trey Burke (Jazz), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Nerlens Noel (Sixers), Elfrid Payton (Magic), Zach LaVine (Timberwolves), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Pistons), Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves), Cody Zeller (Hornets). Bogdanovic, 25 and from Croatia, will be on a team with Steven Adams (Thunder), Giannis Antetokounmbo (Bucks), Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves), Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics), Rudy Gobert (Jazz), Dante Exum (Jazz), Nikola Mirotic (Bulls) and Dennis Schroder (Hawks).

Plumlee was also selected to participate in the Slam Dunk contest at Barclays Center on Feb. 14.

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