I've never heard of someone's lung collapsing out of the blue, but apparently that's precisely what new assistant Kareem Richardson endured last year when a scary health battle made him a different person with a greater perspective on life. Bizarre injuries with no real explanation? Sounds like he found the right program. Money quote from the article...
As Xavier men’s basketball assistant coach Kareem Richardson readied himself for the Nov. 15 game against IPFW, he couldn’t shake the odd feeling in his upper body.
He chalked it up to heartburn but found the malaise worsening during the Musketeers’ win.
“It was my scout and I was trying to stand up and give instructions and match-ups for guys, and I was getting really short of breath and light-headed,” Richardson said.
Team doctors urged him to visit the hospital afterward. Richardson did – only to learn he had a collapsed left lung, setting in motion a chain of events that included four surgeries and 12 days in the hospital.
Richardson emerged from the health crisis sore, tired and 20 pounds lighter, but the 37-year-old Evansville graduate said he gained a new perspective during the 10 games he missed. He returned to Cintas Center following the Muskies’ Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii with a greater appreciation of work-life balance.
“I’m going to do whatever I need to do in the profession, but I’m also going to work out and try to do things with the kids more. It really hit home with that true balance of life,” Richardson said.