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Concerns about heart lead Hoiberg to retire

Updated: April 17, 2006, 7:37 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The fear of playing with a surgically repaired heart wouldn't let Fred Hoiberg return to the NBA.

 Hoiberg

His doctors weren't preventing him from playing. But the risk -- no matter how small -- was still there, and the gnawing doubt was enough for the 33-year-old to retire.

"It came to the point where one day I would say, 'All right, I'm doing it. I'm coming back,' " Hoigerg said. "The next day I'd be out running and feeling my heart was going to jump out ...

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