Former Lakers All-Star Fighting for His Life in ICU

Published 09/07/2021, 8:27 PM EDT


The Lakers are historically one of the most successful franchises if not the most successful franchise in NBA. With the biggest names like Magic Johnson, Jerry West and now LeBron James donning the shirt, Purple and Gold often are in the lookout to content for a championship.

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While the Lakers have seen some of the most successful teams with the like of Magic and Kareem, the only team in Lake Show history that has three-peated in the 2000s Lakers. Featuring the duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, the 2000s Lakers were simply unstoppable.

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But before the formation of this formidable team, the Lakers had a very different core. While the team did lack incredible star power, they had a couple of All-Star talents in Nick Van Exel and an underrated small forward in Cedric Ceballos.

Lakers’ Cedric Ceballos hospitalised

These last two years have been ravaged by COVID-19. While the numbers have dipped, there are still a number of people who contracting the virus. Recently Lakers’ former All-Star revealed that he was in the hospital due to the virus.

The 52-year-old took to twitter to inform about the same. In an emotional post, Cedric wrote, “On my 10th day in ICU, COVID-19 is officially kicking my but, I am asking ALL family, friends, prayer warriors healers for your prayers and well wish for my recovery.”

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This tweet has certainly rocked the NBA world right now. Be it former teammates like Steve Nash or the general public sent their prayers to the 1-time All-Star. Ceballos who played in the NBA for 11 years, had a developed a reputation for being a fan favorite.

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While his prime didn’t last that long, he was an effective player all round. Playing for the Lakers for two and half seasons, Ceballos had the time of his life with the Purple and Gold as he averaged 20.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

He might not be the biggest star, but the 52-year-old certainly left his mark on the game. Be it his incredible slam dunk win or his entertaining personality, Ceballos is one of a kind. The NBA community wishes a speedy recovery for ‘Ice’.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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