Kristy Simon, the wife of Arizona Wildcats Final Four MVP Miles Simon, reported late last night on a Facebook post that her husband and family “went through a rough and scary time” with Miles having to be hospitalized and that he “had a good day today and we are hoping it will continue.”
Miles, in his second season as a Los Angeles Lakers assistant under former Arizona standout Luke Walton, was taken away by stretcher after a preseason game last Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Walton at first did not comment on the situation, but the team reported the next day that Miles, 42, was suffering from pneumonia.
Simon, an important part of Arizona’s 1997 NCAA tournament title team along with Mike Bibby, Michael Dickerson, A.J. Bramlett, Bennett Davison and Jason Terry, has yet to return to the Lakers.
“Thank you, thank you so much to everyone who called, said prayers, sent texts and messages of support to us since Thursday night,” Kristy Simon wrote. “Also, to our friends and family who dropped everything to help. You are angels. We felt it and it helped Miles and our family get through a rough and scary time.
“I apologize if I did not get back to everyone! The update is that Miles had a good day today and we are hoping it will continue. I know we hear it often, but things can change so quickly. Hug those you love every chance you get and tell them you love them! We are incredibly thankful and grateful today for health, family and all of you.”
Miles has not publicly commented on his health. His last Facebook post was on Sept. 29 of his daughter Sasha running for a touchdown in a flag football game.