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Former NBA star Cedric Ceballos, 52, says he has recovered from COVID-19

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Former NBA star Cedric Ceballos, 52, says he has recovered from COVID-19 but is still in intensive care because he can’t just ‘breathe, walk or function’

  • Former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos is COVID-free, he announced Monday
  • He is still in ICU after two weeks because he can’t breathe or walk on his own yet
  • Ceballos, 52, first announced his battle with coronavirus last week by posting a photo of himself on a ventilator and asking for prayers on social media
  • Ceballos has not publicly stated whether or not he has been vaccinated
  • Ceballos’ 11-year NBA career was spent primarily with the Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers. He was named All-Star in 1995 but missed the game due to injury
  • He is best remembered for his blindfolded dunk in the 1992 NBA dunk game
  • Ceballos has received online support from former NBA player and coach Mark Jackson, retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and actor Jaleel White










Former NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos is COVID-free, he announced Monday, but the 52-year-old is still in ICU after more than two weeks because he can’t breathe or walk on his own yet.

“Hello family and friends, I’m giving an UPDATE on my health situation,” the 1992 NBA Dunk Contest champion wrote on Instagram. “I am COVID-19 free, thank you so much for your prayers and good wishes for helping me with that.

‘I still CANNOT (sic) breathe, walk or function on my own (so please no phone calls, it’s too much work and hard to understand me). I’m out of isolation, as I don’t have covid, but still in the ICU, I’ll still be fighting and I’m asking for comfort on your part. Please be kind to each other and I pray that we will speak soon. #GODmorning (no typo).’

Ex-NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos is COVID-free, he announced Monday, but the 52-year-old is still in ICU after more than two weeks because he can’t breathe or walk on his own yet

Ceballos, 52, remains in ICU despite beating COVID-19

Ceballos received an outpouring of support on social media after Monday's announcement.  In addition to former NBA player and coach Mark Jackson, actor Jaleel White and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete also offered encouragement.

Ceballos (left) received an outpouring of support on social media after Monday’s announcement (right). In addition to former NBA player and coach Mark Jackson, actor Jaleel White and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete also offered encouragement.

He announced his battle with COVID-19 last week by posting a photo of himself on a ventilator

He announced his battle with COVID-19 last week by posting a photo of himself on a ventilator

Ceballos received an outpouring of support on social media after Monday’s announcement. In addition to former NBA player and coach Mark Jackson, actor Jaleel White and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete also offered encouragement.

He first announced his battle with coronavirus last week by posting a photo of himself on a ventilator.

“On my 10th day in intensive care, COVID-19 is officially kicking me, but I ask ALL family, friends, prayer warriors healers for your prayers and speedy recovery,” Ceballos wrote on Sept. “If I have done that and everything to you in the past, please allow me to publicly apologize.

‘My battle is not over….. Thank you.’

A week earlier, Ceballos announced that he was battling COVID-19, but resting at home. He previously canceled a charity golf event on August 27 due to the contamination.

Ceballos has not publicly stated whether or not he has been vaccinated.

He spent his 11-year NBA career mainly with the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He was named to the 1995 Western Conference All-Star team, but missed the game due to injury.

Ceballos will be best remembered for his blindfolded dunk in the 1992 dunk contest, which he won.

He last played in the NBA as a member of the Miami Heat in 2001, but has since played for the Harlem Globetrotters and abroad.

He will be best remembered for his blindfolded dunk in the 1992 dunk contest, which he won

He will be best remembered for his blindfolded dunk in the 1992 dunk contest, which he won

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