Doctor: Stroke Caused Lute Olson To Step Down

The ARIZONA DAILY STAR reports this afternoon that Lute Olson recently suffered a stroke.

Lute Olson suffered a small stroke over the past year, his doctor said today, that likely resulted in depression and changes in judgment. The stroke was discovered Monday night when Dr. Steven Knope examined the results of an MRI. The 74-year-old was told the news and remains at his home in Tucson.

Lute Olson

(OK, photo a little tasteless in the context of the story)

The stroke was caused when a clot likely traveled from his heart to his brain, Knope said. It did not come from stress and anxiety, though it might have caused stress and anxiety over the past year. It is in Olson’s frontal lobe, which Knope said controls “executive function, or planning,” and “a center for personality.”

So Olson’s lost his “executive function and … a center for personality“? What’s Phil Fulmer’s excuse then for having a job?

What isn’t clear is when Olson’s stroke happened. And how it could’ve been missed by doctors, given the description of his oft-erratic behavior. Read more…