With the Bulls-Cavaliers game on in the background and his fiance and mother by his side, Eddy Curry had a message for his teammates Thursday night.
"I hope to be ready to play Saturday," Curry said by phone from his Charlotte hospital room.
Whether it was youthful bravado or legitimate optimism, a rested and relieved Curry looked to the future with an upbeat attitude after medication had calmed his irregular heartbeat and some old-fashioned tender loving care had soothed his frayed nerves.
"At first I was really scared because my heart had a funny beat and I wasn't feeling very good," Curry said, recounting the symptoms that sidelined him Wednesday night in Charlotte and again Thursday.
"But I'm cool now. The doctors [in Charlotte] said it's nothing life-threatening. It just comes all of a sudden and is like some electrical charge on the left side of the heart."
A battery of tests will give a more accurate description of and prognosis for Curry's arrhythmia, which he said he began to experience at Monday night's home victory over Memphis.