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Former NBA star Cedric Ceballos battling COVID-19: ‘My fight is not done’

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Former NBA star Cedric Ceballos said that his fight with COVID-19 is not done yet. 

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Ceballos shared a photo of himself in an intensive care unit with an oxygen mask on his face. The former basketball player said that he had been in intensive care for 10 days due to a coronavirus infection, adding that COVID-19 “is officially kicking my butt.” 

The 1995 NBA All-Star asked for fans to send prayers and well wishes, adding that he’s not done with his fight against the virus.

“If I have done and anything to you in the past, allow me to publicly apologize. My fight is not done…..,” Ceballos wrote in his post.

In an Instagram post last month, the 1992 NBA Slam Dunk champion shared that his charity golf event will be postponed due to contracting the virus. 

News of Ceballos’s condition comes as the U.S. continues to grapple with the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. The delta variant is the dominant strain in the country at the moment and has been known to penetrate the protection of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, those who experience breakthrough cases are more likely to experience mild symptoms. 

Ceballos, 52, underwent open-heart surgery after experiencing a small heart attack in 2011 while playing for an American Basketball Association team he co-owned, according to The Washington Post.

Ceballos, a basketball standout from Cal State Fullerton University, spent 11 years in the NBA and was most known for his time with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns. 

Both teams expressed their concern for Ceballos’s health and sent their well wishes on social media. 

“#LakersNation Let’s all keep @cedceballos in our thoughts. Cedric – keep up the fight!” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said. 

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