RAW VIDEO | Former U of L player Kyle Kuric opens up about new opportunities -- and uncertainty
It's an epic comeback for former U of L player Kyle Kuric: He will suit up in the NBA Summer League, just months after cheating death.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's an epic comeback for former U of L player Kyle Kuric: He will suit up in the NBA Summer League, just months after cheating death.
He just moved back to Louisville with his family and tells WDRB's Eilzabeth Woolsey that, although he's thrilled to play with the Phoenix Suns, his future is uncertain.
Eight months ago, Kyle Kuric was fighting for his life. Now he's fighting for his dream.
"My agent called me, and I think we had just put the boys down for bed, and he said, 'Phoenix is going to commit to a Summer League spot. I think it's a really good opportunity, and we should do it,'" Kuric said. "And we agreed on it, and we leave soon."
He's back home in Louisville now with his wife Taraneh and 11-month-old twin boys. But, he's headed to Phoenix next week, hoping to show the NBA and teams overseas he's back in the game just eight months after surgery for a benign brain tumor.
In November, doctors in Spain removed the tumor, but complications led to brain swelling.
"We didn't think he was going to make it with the second surgery to remove the pressure in his brain," Taraneh Kuric said. "Doctors came in and pretty much told us they didn't know if he would make it or not."
He beat the odds, having to relearn how to walk before playing ball. Incredibly, he rejoined his Spanish team Gran Canaria on the court in April.
"Everything going pretty well physically," Kuric said. "I feel great mentally. I feel even better -- I enjoy the little things more than ever, so now I'm just excited for where we are and where we're going to be."
It's the Phoenix Suns for now. Kuric is a free agent and just learned last night his former team in Spain has a new coach. The future is uncertain. But he's happy to be home for now.
"It's difficult when your contract is up because you have to wait and see what kind of calls come from your agent, but we're just enjoying life right now, spending time with the kids and just being a family," he said. "I'm not stressing about basketball because I know something will come up, and if not, we'll stay here and make it work."
The Summer League runs July 8-18 and Kuric hopes to remain in the NBA, but if not he says he'll be happy to return overseas to play in Spain, Turkey or Italy.
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