Not much is known at the time, but Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey suffered a seizure (or something similar-looking) during a timeout in their game against the Cavaliers Friday night. He was taken off the court on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital in Cleveland.
Hopefully the recovery is speedy and painless. It's an eerie coincidence (and hopefully nothing more) that this incident came a day after the 20th anniversary of the death of Loyola Marymount University player Hank Gathers, who collapsed during the game and was pronounced dead later that night.
Stuckey's incident became widely seen perhaps because the game was being televised on ESPN. The game was delayed 12 minutes in the third quarter, but at the start of the fourth quarter they reported that Stuckey was awake and conscious at the hospital. That's the best news you could get after a horrific-looking incident like that on national television.
In a down year, Stuckey is one of the Pistons' top scorers, averaging over 17 points a game while also leading the team in assists (4.9/game) and steals (1.43). After countless injuries and inconsistencies to the struggling squad, Stuckey was the only Piston to play (and start) every game.
Update: Stuckey is staying at the Cleveland Clinic, where he is stable and breathing on his own. The Detroit News points out that he missed a couple games last season because of "dizziness." More good news.Powered by Sidelines