Former Sonic Chris Wilcox faces season-ending heart surgery

Former Sonic Chris Wilcox faces season-ending heart surgery

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SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 1: Chris Wilcox #54 of the Seattle SuperSonics reacts after falling to the floor during a game against the Phoenix Suns at Key Arena on November 1, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The Suns won 106-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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by Associated Press & KING 5 SPORTS

NWCN.com

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 5:18 PM

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox is scheduled to have heart surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

The team announced Wednesday that the surgery to repair an enlarged aorta should allow him to resume his career next season.

The operation is scheduled for March 29 at the Cleveland Clinic where another Celtics forward, Jeff Green, had season-ending surgery for an aortic aneurysm on Jan. 9. Doctors have said Green also should be able to resume his career next season.

The 6-foot-10 Wilcox, the eighth pick in the 2002 draft, signed as a free agent with the Celtics on Dec. 10 after two years with the Detroit Pistons. In 28 games for Boston, four of them starts, he is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Wilcox played for the Sonics from 2005-2008.  He averaged a career best 14.1 points per game in 29 games played for Seattle in 2006. The following season he started 81 games and averaged 13.5 ppg.  He's never averaged double figures with any other team.

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