The concerns began on April 29, 1993. The Celtics were in Charlotte for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals playing the Hornets. With the Celtics going up the court, Reggie Lewis mysteriously fell to the floor, and despite being conscious after the fall, he was disoriented.
The collapse led to a ‘dream team’ panel of doctors conducting a joint investigation into what was wrong with Lewis, and what caused him to collapse to the floor that night.
The investigation led to a verdict that Lewis had a potentially fatal arrhythmia in his heart. A condition that would most likely end his basketball career.
Upon finding out the news, Lewis went to Gilbert Mudge for a second opinion. Mudge concluded that Lewis had a ‘fainting condition’, countering the ‘dream team’ of doctors.
And the rest was history.