ESPN’s Bob Valvano opens up about health issues, college basketball and his brother, Jim Valvano

ESPN's Bob Valvano opens up about health issues, college basketball and his brother, Jim Valvano

Bob Valvano has survived two heart attacks, was diagnosed with a premalignant condition, and recently suffered from back pain. But he didn’t slow down much.

You may know Valvano, 64, as a college basketball analyst for ESPN Radio and the University of Louisville or from his local radio show in Louisville, Ky.

If not, you’ve probably heard of his older brother. The late Jim Valvano led to one of the biggest upheavals in sports history when NC State shocked Houston at the 1983 NCAA Championship game. Jim Valvano is also known for his “Never give up the talkAt the 1993 ESPY Awards. He died months later of cancer.

Bob Valvano recently spoke to AA about his health, his work and his famous brother.

You were diagnosed with monoclonal B cell lymphocytosis last year. How is your health?

“It’s a condition I’m going to have to watch out for and hopefully it doesn’t turn into leukemia. Not all people with leukemia have it, but not all people with leukemia have leukemia. So far, so good. But it was a little scary.

Was it even more alarming given your family history?

“My father died of a heart attack. My mother died of cancer …

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