Chris Wright, the 23-year-old guard, made history when he signed on with the Dallas Mavericks as the first player in the NBA with multiple sclerosis last month. Although he was later waived by the team, the budding guard spoke to The Christian Post about God blessing him through adversity.
Wright was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year while playing in the Turkish Basketball League on the team Olin Edime. The District of Columbia native told The Christian Post about his experience with the disease that attacks the central nervous system and even caused paralysis in some people.
While running sprints in practice last year, Wright described completely losing sensation in his foot. The next day, the whole right side of his body went numb.
Wright decided to consult medical professionals.
“After seeing some doctors and running some further tests I was diagnosed with MS. After probably about a 14 or 15 day period, it was very tough for me to walk,” Wright revealed to CP. “I lost sensation in both of my feet, in my hands. I really couldn’t feel anything so it was a tough time. I didn’t know what was going on so it was a very trying time for me and my family.”
Still Wright, a Christian who cemented his relationship with God after finding comfort in church as a high school student, did not give up hope. Wright worked hard to overcome his condition with the help of medical therapy.
He returned to the United States to sign on with the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy, where the point guard averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in spite of his disease.
The budding point guard soon caught the attention of the Dallas Mavericks, who signed him onto their team on a 10-day contract last month. Although his contract was not extended, Wright inspired his team and said he was blessed to be given the opportunity to make history as the first player in the league with multiple sclerosis.
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