Delfino Overcomes Concussion To Help Bucks

By Troy Sparks
Updated: April 3, 2011

Milwaukee, Wis—Milwaukee Bucks forward Carlos Delfino felt dizzy in a Nov. 6 game against New Orleans and left the court. Little did anyone know at that time the starting small forward wouldn’t see the light of day for a while.

Eventually, it led to him having concussion symptoms. It would keep Delfino out of action for 2 1/2 months. The Bucks missed him during the 32 games that he was sidelined.

Delfino’s symptoms were similiar to anyone who experienced concussions in the past: headaches, fatigue and/or nausea.

And during the time that Delfino wasn’t with his team, there was nothing he could do but lie on his back and think about last season, the playoffs and his role on last summer’s Argentina national team in the FIBA World Basketball Championships.

“To tell you the truth,” he said recently, “I was so down after I had the concussion. I was just lying in the bed in a dark room.”

It was truly a miracle that Delfino recovered in time to help the Bucks make a push for another playoff run. Since his return to the starting lineup, he played over 20 minutes in a game. In games against New York and Sacremento, Delfino played more than 40 minutes and scored a career high of 30 points in both games. Delfino’s shooting touch from beyond the arc earned him the nickname Del-3-no. He would easily rank in the top-10 in three-pointers made if he had played in enough games to qualify.

During the time that Delfino was out, he went through tests and treatment for his symptoms. It was an adjustment for him to react to bright lights. And after that, Delfino worked himself back into shape. Being able to see the day that he would play again was a miracle.

“That was a blessing,” he said. “It started from not having any doubts and waiting to play again this season and how long it was going to be. I was trying to get back and get on the basketball court.”