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NBA Considers Physical Exam Standard, After Collier's Death


The National Basketball Association is considering a league-wide standard for physical exams following the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier.

The 28-year-old Collier died on Saturday after he had difficulty breathing at home. His agent, Richard Howell said Collier may have had an enlarged heart.

Individual team doctors from each of the NBA's 30 franchises currently conduct physical exams for their players before training camp. Some teams use echocardiograms to detect heart problems. But the test is not mandatory.

A number of NBA players have had heart-related problems. New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry missed the final 13 games of last season and the playoffs with an irregular heartbeat. Minnesota guard Fred Hoiberg will miss this season after open heart surgery in June.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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