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04-14-2005, 04:08 PM

Heart ailment derails season with playoff-bound Bulls
Associated Press

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Eddy Curry will miss the rest of the season -- including the team's first playoff appearance since 1998 -- because of an irregular heartbeat, a source close to Curry told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Curry, the No. 4 pick in the 2001 draft, has been out since March 30 with the heart ailment. After a series of tests at Rush University Medical Center were inconclusive, the 22-year-old saw specialists in Boston and Minnesota.

The team called a news conference for Thursday night to discuss Curry's condition.

Though the Bulls initially hoped they'd have Curry for the playoffs, they also said they would be cautious with his return.

"Our first priority is Eddy's health, and we are going to be absolutely certain we have all the answers we need before he returns to the court," general manager John Paxson said last week.

The condition first surfaced March 30 as Curry practiced for a game against Charlotte. He felt dizzy and lightheaded right before tip-off and did not play. When the team traveled to Chicago the next day, he remained in Charlotte for testing.

Curry, 6-foot-11 and 285 pounds, started 60 games for the Bulls this season. He averaged 16.1 points, five rebounds and nearly 29 minutes and was shooting 54 percent.

Curry was in his fourth NBA season after making the jump from high school in suburban Chicago to the pros.

04-14-2005, 04:10 PM