Fred Hoiberg is set to have heart surgery next week to correct an enlarged aortic root.
"He's known about that condition since college and says it might need to be addressed later in life.
Still, Hoiberg has been told a full recovery is expected, that he should be able to return to the game. He said he is confident he can play three or four more years if everything heals correctly.
"But if there is any doubt at all, even a 1 percent chance that anything could happen, I'll walk away [from basketball]," Hoiberg said. "I'll go on with my life. If there is any risk at all, I'll move on."
Hoiberg's return for the 2005-06 season seems like a long shot. He said the recovery could take three months.
Best wishes Fred, and have a speedy recovery.