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Omer Asik's Bacterial Infection and Weight Loss Will Reportedly End His Season

Image Omer Asik’s season appears to be over, which doesn’t constitute major news on its own, because the Turkish 7-footer’s minutes have steadily declined since he joined the New Orleans Pelicans three years ago, but it’s how his 2016-17 campaign is coming to a close that is both noteworthy and concerning. Asik reportedly contracted a bacterial infection in Mexico during the All-Star break, and while Alvin Gentry initially said the center’s health was not considered a serious concern, the Pelicans coach told ESPN.com’s Justin Verrier this weekend Asik “will be gearing toward the summer and next year, really.”
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