Former NBAer Cedric Ceballos Can't 'Breathe, Walk or Function' on His Own After COVID

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 13, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 04: Former NBA players Cedric Ceballos (L) and A. C. Green attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on November 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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Former NBA player Cedric Ceballos tweeted Monday that he no longer has COVID-19 but is still unable to "breathe, walk or function" on his own.

Cedric Ceballos @cedceballos

Hello family and friends, giving a UPDATE on my health situation….. I am COVID-19 free, thank you so very much for your prayers and well wishes to help me with that. I still CAN NOT breathe, walk or function on my own yet………▶️ <a href="https://t.co/PoH9cG81Hx">pic.twitter.com/PoH9cG81Hx</a>

Cedric Ceballos @cedceballos

…….▶️ so PLEASE no phone calls, it’s to much work and hard to understand me). I am out of isolation, due to not having covid, but still in ICU, I will still fight and I ask for uplifting on your end…….▶️

Cedric Ceballos @cedceballos

…..▶️ Continue to be nice to one another and I pray we will talk soon. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GODmorning?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GODmorning</a> (no typo) <a href="https://t.co/VuFzESjjX1">pic.twitter.com/VuFzESjjX1</a>

Ceballos posted Sept. 7 that he had been in the ICU for 10 days with the coronavirus and that it was "officially kicking my butt."

Ceballos' business manager Rodney Gee released the following statement last week:

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

Here’s the statement provided by Rodney Gee, Cedric’s business manager: <a href="https://t.co/uk6clOkuqn">pic.twitter.com/uk6clOkuqn</a>

"Members of the NBA family are keeping Cedric Ceballos in their thoughts as he courageously battles COVID-19," the NBA tweeted from its official account last week. "We wish Cedric a full and speedy recovery."

Ceballos, 52, spent 11 seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat, averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for his career. He was an All-Star in the 1994-95 season, putting up a career-high 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest. 

He won the 1992 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, famously dunking blindfolded.

He currently works as a Mavericks analyst for Fox Sports Southwest.

Ceballos had a health scare 10 years ago when a series of small heart attacks led to him having an angioplasty and stents implanted to help open a pair of blocked arteries. 

Per the CDC, "Having heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, and possibly high blood pressure (hypertension) can make you more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19."