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Hammer
03-17-2011, 10:50 AM
Great job Kaman, Magette, Brand and Jaric.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Players-chip-in-to-save-coach-8217-s-life-after?urn=nba-wp184

Stephen
03-17-2011, 10:54 AM
I actually remember hearing about that when it happened. Great story.

Honestly, if Donald Sterling were to suddenly burst into flames, I don't think I'd piss on him to put out the fire.

Mithrandir
03-17-2011, 11:22 AM
Why didn't the coach have his own medical insurance? Wouldn't that have covered the cost?

BuckyBuckner
03-17-2011, 04:04 PM
Why didn't the coach have his own medical insurance? Wouldn't that have covered the cost?

Apparently the insurance he had through his employer (the Clippers) didn't cover the surgery.

Andrewski
03-17-2011, 05:47 PM
From ESPN:


In September 2004, while he was a Clippers assistant, Hughes was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was premed at Wisconsin, so he had an idea what he was up against. His doctor told him that he could wait a few months for surgery, but the team was preparing for training camp and he didn't want to miss a chunk of the season recuperating. So Hughes went for a second opinion and found a doctor who would do the surgery a week later.

"But he wasn't covered under my insurance plan," Hughes told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We had a certain group of doctors we could go to. So if I elected to use him, it'd be out of my pocket.

"[The Clippers] didn't talk to me directly about it. They told, I believe my agent, that the reason they couldn't pay for the surgery is if they paid for mine, if anybody else had a problem -- head coach, secretary, assistant coach -- if they paid for mine, the onus would be on them for everybody else.

"I said, 'That's fine. I choose to try and save my life, and if I have to pay for it myself, I will.'"

Then coach Mike Dunleavy, who had recommended the new doctor, mentioned Hughes' plight to some players.