Thursday , Apr , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls’ Curry expected to miss remainder of the season

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls announced on Thursday that
center Eddy Curry will miss the remainder of the season because of his current
heart condition that is still being examined.

Curry has missed the past nine games following the discovery of an irregular
heartbeat. According to head team physician Dr. Brian Cole, Curry has gone
through a number of tests to this point and a specific diagnosis has not been
determined. As a result, Curry will continue to be examined in the coming
weeks and the doctors hope to have a specific diagnosis in six weeks.

“Eddy’s health is our number one concern and we are going to do everything in
our power to make sure that everything is okay with him before he returns,”
Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said. “It’s disappointing he will
not be able to finish out the year, but the priority is his health and his
future.”

Paxson went on to say that the Bulls will not be giving any further updates on
his condition due to the privacy rights of Curry.

“It’s very frustrating for me,” said Curry, who is not taking any medications
for his condition. “I feel normal and want to go out there and be a factor.
Right now I am listening to the doctors and praying. I have faith everything
will be alright.

“I am feeling fine,” he added. “I’m still alive and believe everything will be
okay.”

Another team physician, Kathy Weber, went on to say that all tests so far have
been positive, but there are some unanswered questions. Until those questions
are answered the tests will continue.

She also said that Curry is responding well with exercise under stressful
conditions.

Curry, 22, played in 63 games this season for the Bulls, including 60 starts,
and is averaging a team-high 16.1 points to go along with 5.4 rebounds per
contest.

The fourth-year center has career averages of 11.8 points and 4.9 boards in
289 career games — all with Chicago, which selected Curry out of high school
with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.

CHI