New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, according to team radio broadcaster Daniel Sallerson.
Sallerson added that Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said Asik will not be with the team during training camp. There is no timetable for the Turkish big man’s return.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the center treating Asik, Chron’s disease is an “inflammatory bowel disease”:
“Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.
“The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.
“While there’s no known cure for Crohn’s disease, therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission. With treatment, many people with Crohn’s disease are able to function well.”
Asik first joined the league in 2010, spending the first two years of his career with the Chicago Bulls. He moved onto the Houston Rockets in 2012 for a two-year stint before being traded to the Pelicans in a three-team deal that also involved the Washington Wizards.
The 7-foot center has averaged just under 20 minutes per game over the course of his seven-year run in the NBA.
He’s not the only notable NBA player dealing with the disease, as Larry Nance Jr. of the Los Angeles Lakers has been battling Crohn’s successfully.