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Report: Former Piston Mark Aguirre Hospitalized After Collapsing

Former Detroit Pistons forward Mark Aguirre was taken to the hospital after collapsing while working out at a Plano, Texas fitness center on Wednesday. The Dallas Morning News reports that Aguirre suffered from a circulation problem while running on a treadmill. After falling, he was rushed to The Medical Center of Plano.

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Early reports were that Aguirre had a heart attack, but former Dallas Mavericks general manager Frank Zaccanelli said that was inaccurate.

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"There was no heart attack,’’ Zaccanelli said. "What it was, it was a clogged vessel -- not artery, vessel -- and while he was working out it just caused him to black out. There was no cardiac arrest, there was nothing. He fell.’’

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However, Aguirre did require a catherization to clear the artery, and is currently in stable condition. He'll stay in the hospital for a couple more days for observation.

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Aguirre played the majority of his 13-year NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks before being traded to the Pistons in 1989 for Adrian Dantley. He's the third-leading scorer in Mavericks franchise history behind Dirk Nowitzki and Rolando Blackman and holds the team record for points in a season (2,330).

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Detroit's offense flourished after Aguirre joined the team, as his scoring touch from the wing and outside shooting ability helped the Pistons space the court better. He became a key piece of a Pistons team that won back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. Aguirre played three more seasons in Detroit before the team released him in 1993.

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