Players Foot Bill For Former Clippers Coach’s Life-Saving Surgery

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A former Los Angeles Clippers coach owes his life in part to four current and former Clipper players.

Kim Hughes was working as an assistant coach for the Clippers seven years ago when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the Racine, Wis. Journal Times. But when his Clippers’ medical coverage would not pay for the life-saving surgery, a few players stepped up — big time.

After hearing about Hughes’ situation from then-Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy, Corey Maggette, Marko Jaric, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand decided to take the ball into their own hands and paid for the surgery themselves. The surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center cost something like $70,000, Hughes told the newspaper.

Maggette, who now plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, told the Journal Times that he counted Kim as a good friend.

“He was in a situation where the Clippers’ medical coverage wouldn’t cover his surgery. I thought it was a great opportunity to help someone in need, to do something that Christ would do,” Maggette told the newspaper.

Jaric is now a part of the Memphis Grizzlies and Elton Brand a Philadelphia 76er. Kaman is the only part of the life-saving quartet who remains with the Clippers, but to Kim, it doesn’t matter.

Hughes told the newspaper he thanks each of them from the bottom of his heart anytime he runs into them.

“You can have all the money, all the success, all that stuff, all those so-called important things in life, but in the end, you’re judged by what you did for your fellow man,” Hughes told the Journal Times. “What [they] did for me put things in perspective.”

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  1. Shocked and Disappointed says:

    What kind of medical coverage wouldn’t cover a life-saving surgery??? The Cippers and the NBA should be ashamed!

  2. CAN says:

    “You can have all the money, all the success, all that stuff, all those so-called important things in life, but in the end, you’re judged by what you did for your fellow man,” Hughes told the Journal Times. “What [they] did for me put things in perspective.”

    AMEN SHOCKED AND DISAPPOINTED.

  3. OG says:

    Why didn’t Donald Sterling help out? Because he’s cheap, that’s why!
    Good for the players who helped out, God bless you all!

  4. Bonnie says:

    This story neglected to tell the whole truth. Hughes insisted on going to a doctor who wasn’t covered on his plan. Yes, Donald Sterling should’ve footed the bill, but anyone who has an HMO (as myself) knows that you have to go to the doctors on your plan. Hughes said that his life was saved, yet he neglects to tell you that he could’ve gone to another uroligist on his plan, and he would’ve been able to have the surgery by him.

  5. Shocked and Disappointed says:

    From someone who had a brain tumor treated while on an HMO and had to get exceptions from my plan to use whom i wanted….give me a break. Treatment is treatment and we should not have to let our insurance companies tell us who should cut on our bodies. It should be our decision. Would you say OK to your HMO when faced with a life threatening situation? The neurosurgeons I met with that my HMO wanted me to use scared the hell out of me!!!!

    1. Bonnie says:

      But you’re alive and that’s all that matters ! And I don’t agree with the HMO BS either. If you have a PPO, which is more expensive, then you can choose your doctor.

  6. drozone69 says:

    Poeple aren’t as healthy as our preceeding generations.Wonder if its cause our blue sky’s are a mettalic shade.I believe its from the areal spraying that permeates our sky’s.Look up people ,why are thes jets spraying constatnly chemtrails?

  7. Maryland Podiatrist says:

    It’s surprising that he didn’t have any type of medical coverage.

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