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Alan Henderson’s Condition Improves

November 21, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Forward Allan Henderson of the Atlanta Hawks, who has not played this season because of a mysterious flu-like ailment, is getting better after being diagnosed with a condition that affects his pancreas.

Henderson was transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last week when doctors in Atlanta were unable to diagnose his illness. The team said Thursday it has been determined he has acute viral pancreatitis.

``His spirits are improving physically and mentally, but he still has a ways to go in getting a clean bill of health,″ Hawks general manager Pete Babcock said. ``I spoke with Alan at length this morning and he’s anxious to know what’s going on with the team and the NBA.″

Henderson initially was sidelined by severe viral gastroenteritis. Pancreatitis is a secondary condition that affects the digestive process.

In recent days, he has been able to get up and walk and is slowly beginning to digest solid food.

``He is anxious to get back on the court,″ Babcock said. ``However, he’s lost some weight and he has to recover that before he can prepare himself to get back into basketball shape. He understands that.″

Henderson averaged 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 79 games as a rookie last season.

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