Ex-Laker Cedric Ceballos reportedly suffers 'small heart attacks'
Former Lakers forward Cedric Ceballos is currently receiving treatment at a Phoenix hospital after suffering Sunday "a series of small heart attacks," according to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.
"I feel blessed & very fortunate to be here today & to have made the decision to go to the hospital & get my symptoms checked," Ceballos wrote in a statement that Coro published via Twitter.
Ceballos, 42, who is a current owner and player with the ABA's Arizona Scorprions, provided a critical piece for the Lakers' rebuilding process from 1994-97. He guided the Lakers to 48 wins during the 1994-95 season, a 15-game increase from the previous season, by averaging a career-high 21.7 points per game.
But his three-year career ended with the Lakers trading him with Rumeal Robinson to the Phoenix Suns for Robert Horry and Joe Kleine in January 1997. That came after a tumultuous period in which Ceballos battled lingering knee problems and experienced reduced playing time because of Magic Johnson's brief comeback. Ceballos also alienated the Lakers after missing two games, two practices and a morning shoot-around in 1996, which cost him nearly $55,000 in salary.
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