Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge wrote in his Blazers.com blog late on Friday that he was recently hospitalized with a "deadly blood virus."
Aldridge, 26, has been writing the blog, "L.A.'s Rehab Central," as he recovers from a minor hip surgery he underwent in May, according to CBS Sports. He is expected to need two to four months to recover from surgery, which eliminated him from Olympic consideration.
"On (May 26) I came down with a blood virus," he wrote. "I quickly became sick and had to be rushed to the hospital. I thought it was a case of bad food or a bad cold, but I was wrong. It turned out to be a very serious virus that if not treated quickly could actually be deadly! One thing I know for sure is that I've never felt worse in my life and there were times I wasn't really sure where I was going. Thankfully I had a lot of family support and great medical care that helped me fight through it and now I've turned the corner and I'm feeling much better."
Aldridge has also missed time during his career for a heart condition that has required him to undergo an electrical treatment several times.
Aldridge, who became an All Star for the first time this season, averaged 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.