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Coach Says He’ll Quit if He Faints Again

United Press International

Sacramento Kings coach Jerry Reynolds said he will resign if he ever has another fainting spell during a National Basketball Assn. game.

“I don’t want to be embarrassing myself all the time,” Reynolds said Wednesday from a hospital where he was taken from a game at Arco Arena Tuesday night. “If it ever happens again, I’m going to quit.”

He was referring to what happened in the fourth quarter, when he leaped up to protest a referee’s call, then collapsed and became unconscious until doctors revived him.

Suffered Fainting Spell

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Tests indicated that Reynolds, 44, had only fainted, and has no heart problem.

However, the coach was to undergo treadmill tests to monitor his cardiovascular system during physicial activity prior to his expected release this afternoon from Sutter Memorial Hospital. He plans to rejoin the Kings for a practice session on Friday.

Reynolds blamed the fainting episode on his frustration with the Kings’ 6-19 record, lack of sleep and a hot temper.

“The doctors have suggested that I try to calm down,” Reynolds said.

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“But I don’t know if I can change. That’s the way I am. I’ve always known that about myself. It’s not an easy thing to fix.”


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