Veteran National Basketball Association forward John Shumate disagrees with the Seattle SuperSonics that his health is "life threatening" and says he's ready to play again.
Shumate was rejected by Sonic team physician Marty Kushner after being traded by the San Antonio Spurs last month.
Kushner said Shumate suffers from pulmonary embolism, a condition where blood clots form in the veins and can break loose and travel to the lungs.
Reached at his home in Tempe, Ariz., Shumate said he was in "perfect health," but didn't want to discuss litigation against the Sonics.
Shumate, 28, said he had seen both vascular and pulmonary embolism specialists since failing the physical given by Kushner.
"There was no question, no question at all," Kushner said. "His condition is life threatening."
Kushner said Shumate had not had a thorough medical examination since 1978. Shumate did not play the 1978-79 season, when he was with Detroit, for medical reasons. Kushner said the Spurs had examined Shumate, but did not include "critical tests."
Shumate, a 6-foot-9, 235-pounder, played in Detroit, Houston and San Antonio last season. For medical reasons, he missed the 1971-72 season at Notre Dame and his rookie NBA season in 1974-75 in Phoenix.