New Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert was humbled after a recent MRI showed a small mass on his left kidney as he acknowledged that could have possibly saved him. Last week, LeVert was a part of a three-team trade that landed 2018 NBA MVP James Harden with the Brooklyn Nets.
After the trade, a team physical and medical tests revealed a small mass on LeVert's kidney and he underwent further testing. "I didn't have any symptoms. I was playing in games. I hadn't missed any games this season yet.
I was feeling 100 percent healthy," LeVert said, per ESPN. "So, in a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body, so I'm definitely looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could've possibly saved me in the long run."
LeVert says health comes at first place
"To me, the most important thing is to get my body healthy and make sure I live a long life," LeVert said. "Before basketball, I think that's the most important thing so, for me, I'm not really looking at that side of things.
"Obviously, I want to play as soon as possible. I'm a competitor, I love to play the game. But for me, I think making sure I'm good health-wise is most important. So, as far as timeline and everything like that, we'll definitely figure it out sometime in the future.
But right now we just don't have those answers." In 2010, LeVert went through one of the toughest periods of his life as his father died at the age of 46 of a heart failure. LeVert and his younger brother discovered their father inside their home in Ohio.
"For me, I try to take the positive out of every situation. If you guys knew my mom, you would never guess that she had MS or anything wrong with her," LeVert said. "She's a one-of-a-kind, very special lady, and anyone who knows her or even had one conversation with her, will tell you that.
So I think I get it a lot from her, to be honest with you. But I was raised the right way by her and my father before he passed away, and that's just how I'm wired. "I have a lot of faith in God. I know that everything is not perfect, but I feel like, in life, it's just how you react to certain things. It's not what happens to you."