Eddy Curry is a name NBA fans hadn’t heard in a long time, but he is making waves this week after a recent interview.
The fourth overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft that came straight from high school once led the NBA in field goal percentage in his second year, and was leading the team in scoring in his third year when he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat.
The Bulls were worried he may have a heart condition, so they would offer him $400,000 per year for 50 years if he took a DNA test and failed.
Eddy Curry sat down with Vlad TV to speak on that situation.
“It was literally just one episode,” Curry recalled. “I can remember I was playing, we were playing the Bobcats and before the game we shooting around and stuff and I just kind of felt this little weird rhythm. Like my heart, it was just like an extra beat, it was beating normal, but it would just be like an extra beat every now and then.
“And I remember sitting down, I sat down at half court with Tyson, because we always would sit there and just talk about the game or whatever, and I’m like I feel like an extra beat in my heart right now. And he’s like, man, stop playing, cause a lot of time a lot of guys in those type of cities back then, they kind of really didn’t want to play in those type of games. The Bobcats weren’t one of those cities you would really get up for, so he’s like man, stop playing bro, we got to play this game. I’m like, man, ain’t about playing the game, Tyson, I don’t duck games, bro, I really feel a weird beat bro! And he was like, well go tell Fred, man, Fred was our athletic trainer.
“So I go in the back, I’m like Fred, man, I got this extra beat going on I don’t know what it is. So he puts the the stethoscope on me and he was like, yeah, I definitely hear it. So he went and got the other team physician and then they got their main doctor for their team and they were like, you know what, there’s definitely something, let’s admit him, just to be sure.”
Bulls would soon request Curry take a DNA test to rule out any genetic defects.
“It came down to a situation where they were like, we want you to take a DNA test because we don’t know if maybe you could have heart disease or maybe you will eventually develop heart disease, we don’t know, so we feel like with a DNA test we can at least rule that out and if we can rule that out then we’ll let you play,” Curry continued.
Curry had plans to take the test, but his agent told him not to do it. The Bulls then came back and tried to negotiate with Curry in order to get him to take the DNA test.
“They were like you know if you test positive for it we’ll give you like I want to say it was like 300 000 for the rest of your life $300,000 a year for the rest of your life. [It was actually $400,000 per year for 50 years.]
“The crazy thing was my agent had did the math … on it, the Bulls owed me like, I don’t know what it was for that next year, I had an option that year to get like 5.7 or 8 point whatever, whatever it was, they basically were gonna put that money up and pay me interest off that money. That’s all they were really doing. And I kind of felt like at the time, I’m like, man, that don’t really sit well with me.”
The team would soon trade him to the Knicks.
“I was devastated because I felt like I really built something in Chicago,” said Curry. “I felt like we were really finally winning, man. I was going to get a chance to see what it was like to play in front of that crowd, man. It just devastated me.”
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