前中華職籃宏福洋將霍克(Juaquin Hawkins, source: Daily Telegraph)
今天無意中看到以下這兩篇文章，嚇了一跳。曾經在中華職籃效力宏福公羊隊，目前征戰澳洲NBL聯盟新球隊Gold Coast Blaze的洋將霍克(Juaquin Hawkins)，居然在34歲的年紀發生中風。幸好狀況輕微，但往後的籃球生命已經是打上問號。
Former NBA player suffers stroke
Associated Press Juaquin Hawkins, who played for the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 2002-2003, suffered a stroke and will miss the remainder of Australia’s National Basketball League season for the Gold Coast Blaze. Team officials said Tuesday that Hawkins, 34, is expected to make a full recovery.
Hawkins, who also had four exhibition games with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2004, played in the Gold Coast’s win over Townsville on Dec. 31 but did not play against the Melbourne Tigers two days later.
At first Hawkins was thought to be suffering heat stroke and exhaustion, but team officials said further hospital tests indicated he suffered a stroke.
Hawkins, who played in college for Long Beach State, was averaging 13.6 points in 19 games with the NBL’s first-year club.
Team officials said Hawkins was resting at his Gold Coast home with his family and has decided to stay in Australia for the rest of the season.
“A stroke is not something you would have predicted especially for such a fit, athletic player like Juaquin,” said Blaze chief executive Dave Claxton.
“The facts are that he is out for the season and the doctor is expecting him to make a full recovery. It’s a medical thing. Only time will tell.”
Juaquin Hawkins出身於加州的Long Beach State大學，前後曾經和NBA球員Bryon Russell，以及都曾來台打過CBA的漢尼伯(Rod Hannibal)、坎普(Brian Camper)同隊。