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Dr. J. Naismith 06-29-2008 10:34 AM

O'Neal Diagnosed With Rare Disease "KWS"
Oh man ... I wish we would of known of this before the big deal. :crying:


Originally Posted by RealGM
Team officials for the Indiana Pacers were stunned Sunday when, after a routine physical, center Jermaine O’Neal was diagnosed with a rare defect known as “Kevin Willis Syndrome” an ailment that causes unusually short arms.

“Jermaine O’Neal is okay and will continue to play this season” said by Pacers team trainer Josh Corbeil in an emergency press conference. “Preliminary reports from a standard physical have proven earlier suspicions that Mr. O’Neal does indeed have Kevin Willis syndrome. This is a setback from Mr. O’Neal, however, it will not force him to injured reserve and he can still have a productive NBA career.”

WebMD defines Kevin Willis Syndrome as:

A shortening of the arms usually leading to an advanced thickness of the tricep and bicep muscles. Named after the first person to be diagnosed, Kevin Willis Syndrome (KWS) can be disabilitating as, in some cases; the arms continue to recede as the victim ages.

Also known as “The T-Rex Effect” not to be confused with hip-hop band “Rex N Effect”, Kevin Willis managed to play through his KWS and garner an astonishing 21 seasons as a forward/center in the NBA. During his illustrious career he managed to haul in almost 12,000 rebounds.

Source - Click here

Gurk 06-29-2008 10:42 AM

wtf this makes no sense

Alvin_Williams_Rox 06-29-2008 10:45 AM

This can't be, even if it is.
he has only 2 years remaining in his contract, i don't think he's arm will shorten by alot :(

lol i still want him!

Krazy Ivan 06-29-2008 10:48 AM

It's an old joke... nothing more. :haha:

Gurk 06-29-2008 10:52 AM

if you actually click on the link and read the bottom. it is funny

"Jermaine O’Neal was unavailable for comment. He is currently on a father-son camping trip with formerly estranged pop LeBron James according to a team spokesman."


Alvin_Williams_Rox 06-29-2008 11:01 AM

phew :)

Dr. J. Naismith 06-29-2008 11:43 AM

:giggle: I knew it would get some people.

Gurk 06-29-2008 12:45 PM

u got me with that until i read the whole thing

Torontosaurus 06-29-2008 12:53 PM


He does have incredibly short arms


FR33RIDE 06-29-2008 01:08 PM


Originally Posted by dr. J. Naismith (Post 39844)
oh Man ... I Wish We Would Of Known Of This Before The Big Deal. :crying:

Source - click Here

Nice One Doc

Kirby 06-29-2008 10:29 PM

Your little crying face thing got me..

Acie 06-29-2008 10:45 PM

Kevin Willis was awesome.

Especially at the beginning of his career with the Hawks.

Major 06-29-2008 10:52 PM

Jeez I though this was all true :(

Damn you!!! :p :p

Superjudge 07-01-2008 10:04 AM

Willis was awesome his whole career.


ClingRap 07-01-2008 11:26 AM

I remember bill walton affectionately calling willis' appendages "penguin flippers". the best was when willis would miss his patented low-block jump hook. If he was short on the attempt, then walton would usually say he short-armed it.

Kuzzy 07-01-2008 07:13 PM

YOU gott me happy for a secondd!!!!
he still hasnt passed his physical, so i was thinking the deals OFF!!!!!
awh man :(

Taz 07-01-2008 10:06 PM


Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 39855)
:giggle: I knew it would get some people.


I say with affection.

Dr. J. Naismith 07-02-2008 01:55 PM


Originally Posted by Mrs H Taz-Sylvester (Post 40433)

I say with affection.

:giggle: I still nub you Taz. ;)

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