Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao didn’t realize the blood clot in his lower right lung was life-threatening until after surgery corrected the problem, the Cavaliers’ forward told Yahoo! Sports in his first interview since the health scare.
“I was having my best season, the best time of my life, and a week later I’m in the hospital and I could be dead,” Varejao said. “It’s crazy. I’m very lucky.”
Varejao, despite having an excellent season, has gone through a lot this season, health-wise. He had a quadriceps tear in December that would keep him out until early February. And then he had knee surgery that would push his comeback to March. And then, of course, he had the surgery to fix the problem on his lung that would knock him out for the rest of the season.
The big Brazilian revealed that he’s still doing rehabilitation on the quad tear and is also pain-free after the blood clot surgery. He’s supposed to be off blood thinner medication by mid-April but Varejao still has to be careful as any physical harm can cause bleeding and trigger another blood clot. So even daily activities like driving has to be cautious for Varejao. He was recently cleared to fly. Varejao also talked about his teammate, Kyrie Irving, and his status with the Cavaliers on whether they would trade him or not.
We’re just glad Varejao got the surgery when he did. The blood clot was life-threatening. We hope Varejao makes a full recovery and is able to get back to playing basketball.
Varejao averaged 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 25 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.