|Reddick Diagnosed with White Boy's Disease|
|Written by Shaun Flynn|
|Friday, 26 March 2010 18:35|
ORLANDO, FL - JJ Reddick was a basketball star at every level. At Cave Spring High School in Virginia, he was a state champion and a McDonalds All-American. When he left Duke University, he was the all-time leading scorer and had picked up just about every award given out by the Associated Press. He was a player who could do it all. However, after he entered the NBA, everything changed.
Reddick was selected 11th overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic and was expected to make the transition to the pro league with no problem. At 6'4, he could run the point, play shooting guard, and match up well against small forwards. However, once the regular season started, his stats began to decline along with his minutes. In his first season, Reddick played only 14 minutes a game and averaged just 6 points per contest. More importantly, he looked sluggish compared to the other players and rarely grabbed a rebound.
The next two seasons were virtually identical the first for Reddick. His frustration mounted to the point that he blamed head coach Stan Van Gundy for his lack of playing time. Then earler this season at the suggestion of team doctors, Reddick underwent rigorous testing. When the doctors came back results, all Reddick's questions had been answered. He had White Boy's Disease.
"I couldn't believe it. I didn't think it could happen to me," Reddick noted.
White Boy's Disease, also know as WBD, is a disease of the musculatory system that excellerates deterioration of the thigh and calf muscles. Symptoms includes extreme fatigue after sprinting and a decrease in vertical leap. It's most prominent in caucasion males.
Reddick is not the first NBA player to be diagnosed with WBD. Former players including Dan Dickau, Kurt Rambis, and Shawn Bradley all had their NBA careers shorted because of the disease.
However, Reddick was determined to stay in the NBA and is learning to live with WBD. He attends numerous physical therapy sessions every week. He also bought a large trampoline help strengthen his leg muscles. His hard work seems to have paid off as his stats have have increased steadily over the last few months.
"I know it's not going to be easy living with WBD, but I'm gonna do what I need to do to keep getting those massive checks," Reddick said.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 06:28|