The basketball world was taken aback when pictures of former NBA player Cedric Ceballos — who was suffering from a severe case of COVID-19 — were circulating on social media.
— Bob T Two (@bobttwo) September 13, 2021
Fans of the former slam dunk champion expressed concern.
UPDATE TIME: ….. I am officially OUT of the ICU unit, but not out of the hospital. Walked on my own yesterday, struggled but got through it. Lungs not strong enough so still need assistance there…road will be tough and long but I am up for it…….▶️ pic.twitter.com/eIDOrPSEJ9
— Cedric Ceballos (@cedceballos) September 15, 2021
Ceballos chronicled most of his hospitalization via social media, where he was intubated for more than two weeks.
The 48th overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft and a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton was literally in a fight for his life against this deadly virus.
This isn’t the first time the former All-Star (1995) has faced a health crisis.
In 2012, Ceballos the second cousin of the late great Kobe Bryant, suffered multiple heart attacks, which required stents in his blocked arteries. Past heart issues are considered a big risk factor for COVID-19 patients.
CC23, as he is referred to by ’90s hoops fans, is known for his charitable acts, with the Boys and Girls Club, Matt Leinart Foundation, and more.
Ceballos’ passion for hip-hop is also part of his basketball legacy. He’s a cultural contributor who’s done tracks with West Coast rap legend Warren G and deejayed across the country. Ceballos is also the host of “Rebound Radio” found on numerous XM station.
Ceballos, 52, played in the NBA from 1990 through 2001, and is probably best known for the blindfolded dunk he performed to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1992.
Ceballos, led the league in field goal percentage (57.6) in that same season. He averaged 14.3 points points in his 12-year NBA career.
Let’s all pray for Mr. Ced and wish him a quick recovery.