Batum's Heart a Possible Problem
Old 06-20-2008, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN has come out with the reason for Batum canceling yesterday:

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French swingman Nicolas Batum, projected to be a late first-round NBA draft pick, stopped participating in a workout with the Toronto Raptors earlier this week after a stress echo test -- a treadmill test that measures the health of the heart -- came back in the "borderline" area.

"There is an issue with Batum, and nothing is clear," his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told ESPN.com on Friday afternoon. "The number [the score on his stress echo test] could be a borderline problem if he had a family history of heart problems. But I talked to Nicolas's mother and she said his father didn't die of a heart problem. His team in France and the French national team test him regularly and said they've never seen any indication that he had a heart issue."
A Sports Illustrated report in February said that Batum's father, Henry, suffered a "massive heart attack" and died at the free throw line while playing pro basketball in France when Nicolas was 2 years old. According to Ndiaye, Batum's father died of an aneurysm, not a heart attack.
Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, reached by phone, refused to comment on the situation.
Batum was scheduled to be in the three-team workout in New jersey on Friday, but didn't play. He did take a physical, and Ndiaye said results were similar to those in Toronto. Ndiaye said Batum will undergo another test over the weekend and, if it goes well, he'll be able to begin workouts again next week.
Batum also has canceled an open workout in New York scheduled for Saturday.
"He feels fine," Ndiaye said. "He wants to work out. He's been doing great. This morning he really wanted to work out with Joe Alexander. This is disappointing. I really don't think this is a real issue."
It's unclear whether the issue will affect Batum's draft status. It does come at a bad time. After wowing NBA scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit in April 2007, his draft stock has been on the decline. His play in the French league this year wasn't stellar. Neither was a brief appearance at this year's Reebok Eurocamp.
However, he's had some strong individual workouts for teams and was projected as a potential pick somewhere between 17 and 27.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's too bad .... you never want to hear that with young people in general these days.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That is bad. Hopefully they find out whats up and try to fix whatever the problem is.
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I hate to be a prick,but it's a good thing this came out now. If we picked him next week and later found out he had a bum ticker where would we be then? This will really put off teams now.
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I hate to be a prick,but it's a good thing this came out now. If we picked him next week and later found out he had a bum ticker where would we be then? This will really put off teams now.
I don't think you're a prick for saying that. Everybody thinks about it. I hope they're right and we don't see another scenario like the one where the Raptors picked Joey Graham over Danny Granger because of knee problem that turned out to not be a problem.
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DON'T WORRY, we have defibrilators in the arenas now...this would make batum a great player. now he has a great drive.
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