For the second time in a matter of days, Anadolu Efes Istanbul has announced that one of its veteran big men has been hospitalized. This time, it is forward Chris Singleton, who experienced chest pain that led to rounds of tests and exploratory angiography surgery that discounted a heart blockage. Doctors discovered that Singleton had inflammation of the heart lining and an abnormal accumulation of fluid between the heart and lungs. Singleton will stay in the hospital for further evaluation, the club stated. Euroleague Basketball wishes him a full and speedy recovery.
Besides being a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion with Efes each of the last two years and a standout playoff performer over the years, Singleton is distinguished by his remarkable record of health over the years. Last season, he broke the EuroLeague's consecutive games record, which he stretched to 214. All told, he was injury-free from his first EuroLeague game, on October 16, 2015 with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasondar until he sat out a game for the first time on December 13, 2022, with Efes.
The news on Singleton came just three days after his teammate, center Bryant Dunston, was involved in a traffic accident. Dunston has since been released from the hospital.