Following their Game 4 victory, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins let the cat out of the bag regarding a personal issue involving Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson.
"I want to send my prayers out to John Paxson," Collins said. "(He) had a little bit of a heart surgery, he's not going to be able to be at Games 4 and 5. He's like a son to me. They've been hit with a lot of stuff, but Pax is so much the guts of that organization, I want to send out prayers to him. I hope you guys will too."
That remark raised some eyebrows, coming as a surprise to many and prompted a response from Paxson through a statement released by the Bulls:
"I have an arrhythmia issue I'm trying to get corrected. It is something I've had before and planned this procedure over one month ago. Nothing more to it than that and had not intended for it to be made public."
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