It was about a month ago last year, Chris Wilcox received the news he would need heart surgery and miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
The Boston Celtics were headed to another postseason, but would have to do so without their reserve big man.
Another month came and went, and the Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. There they battled the Miami Heat through seven games, losing the deciding contest in South Beach.
Chris Wilcox watched all of that, and it was an all too familiar sight.
Since entering the NBA in the 2002 draft, as the No. 8 overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wilcox has played in just as many playoff games as you (probably) and I (definitely).
It is almost as if winning the 2002 NCAA championship with the University of Maryland came cursed with a postseason bug.
That is a mammoth suit
Wilcox was taken one spot in front of Amar'e Stoudemire, who has logged 60 playoff games. Just ...