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Bobby Jones, his epilepsy diagnosis, and me



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On Jan. 28, The Miami Herald reported that Jones was scheduled to undergo tests in Los Angeles starting on Jan. 30 “To determine if he was an epileptic.”

One of the doctors at the Denver University Hospital, Dr. Irwin Vinnick, concluded that Jones did not have a brain injury.

While phenobarbital stopped the ringing noise and the incoming seizures, Jones became, in his words, “Drowsy, sleepy, unexcited.”

“Sometimes, I don’t have the intensity I need,” Jones said in 1978. “Right now, you can see Jones’ pace has slowed.”

Looking to provide Jones more rest, the Nuggets traded for backup power forward Darnell Hillman midway through the year.

“One of the worst things about having epilepsy is that people are afraid to bring it up,” Jones said in 1999.

On the court before the first day of practice, Jones told his teammates about his epilepsy.

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