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Chris Wilcox: ‘I want to get better than where I was’

08.20.12 at 1:02 pm ET

In somewhat of a lost interview, Celtics big Chris Wilcox joined “Go4it” sports radio talk show host Paul Gant recently to discuss his recovery from an enlarged aorta, his camaraderie with fellow heart surgery patient Jeff Green, returning to Boston and the team’s title hopes for this coming season. Here are some highlights.

  • On his heart diagnosis: “Once I got the news, I was like, ‘Oh, man, I don’t think I’m going to be able to play again.’ At the end of the day, I just knew that I was going to do everything I could to come back on the court and try to play. So, I knew it might not be soon, but I knew there would be a chance that I would come back and play. God just works in mysterious ways. He got me healthy, and He got me back out on the court already.”
  • On Green’s sage advice: “It gave me an opportunity to have somebody to follow, somebody that had already been through what I was going to go through. He was a couple months ahead of me, so once I went through it, he was like my best friend. I was calling him everyday, like, ‘What’s going on? When this happens, how far away am I to getting back?’ So, we stayed in touch with each other, we kept pushing each other and encouraging each other to make sure we stayed focused.”
  • On returning to form: “I don’t know when it’s going to be. I’m in the gym every day, working hard to get back to where I was and really trying to get past where I was. I want to get better than where I was before I got injured, so I’m trying to do everything I can do to get back on the same page and just giving it my all. God gave me a second chance at life, so I just want to give basketball my second chance in the game, so I’m just going to go out here and just try to do everything I can to just bounce back.”
  • On returning to Boston: “I was looking at other teams, but my mindset was being loyal to the team that was loyal to me. Through this whole process, they were there for me, and they did everything they could do to make sure I was good through the process and make sure I saw the right doctors and everything through it. So, at the end of the day, I knew that that was my first option — whatever they offered, whatever it was, I wanted to go back to Boston.”
  • On Ray Allen’s departure: “I think we added a lot of great pieces to our team as well. Miami got better, and we also got better as well. I think all we’ve got to do is we’ve got to come in and we’ve got to be dedicated to this thing from the beginning. I don’t think we’ll have a problem with that. With the guys and the character that we have, I think we’re going to be all right. I think we’re just going to go out there, play tough basketball and hopefully we can bring this thing back to Boston.”
  • On Celtics title chances: “I think we’ve got all the pieces. Danny did a great job of getting guys together and building a great team this year. Hopefully, like I said, everything works out for us, we just go out there and play hard, be on the same page and I think once we’ve got our chemistry together we’re going to be all right.”
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