Nuggets guard Randy Foye's heart is in the wrong place -- literally

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Inside, Randy Foye is different from most people — but you can't tell from the outside. (Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Nuggets guard Randy Foye was born with a condition called situs inversus that caused him to be born with his organs reversed -- meaning his heart is on the right side of his body and his liver is on the left -- according to Benjamin Hochman's story in The Denver Post.

Only one out of every 10,000 people have situs inversus, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and the condition is not life-threatening. Foye said it doesn't affect his play, but he has an increased likelihood of bronchitis and respiratory infections. Foye, who is one of the league's top 3-point shooters, was traded to Denver from Utah in July, and he's believed to be the only player in major American sports to have the condition.

Said Foye to the Denver Post...

"A little different, right? It's cool, man, to know that I'm the only one."

Foye has averaged 11.5 points per game in his seven-year career and last year set the Jazz record for most 3-pointers in a season (178) while shooting 41 percent from downtown -- one of only five players with 400 or more attempts to shoot better than 40 percent.

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