Former NBA player Ceballos in hospital

Cedric Ceballos, who played 11 NBA seasons for area hospital Monday after having "a series of small heart attacks," according to his publicist.

Ceballos experienced the heart attacks Sunday, publicist Crystal D. Guy said in a news release. Guy said the former NBA player's family requested privacy.

In a statement, Ceballos said he felt "blessed and very fortunate to be here today and to have made the decision to go to the hospital and get my symptoms checked out late last night."

"I ask everyone to keep me in your prayers as I make my journey back to good health," Ceballos said. "Thank everyone who has called and is concerned. While I want to respond and speak to everyone, I cannot right now, but will be in touch very soon. God bless you."

Ceballos averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 609 NBA games with the Suns, Lakers, Mavericks, Pistons and Heat. He might be best-remembered for winning the 1992 Slam Dunk Contest while blindfolded.

The 42-year-old is co-owner of the ABA's Arizona Scorpions.