WCC player of the year's pro career in jeopardy

Updated: July 22, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Ronny Turiaf, the West Coast Conference player of the year at Gonzaga and a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, has an enlarged aortic root in his heart and will need open-heart surgery, possibly ending his pro career before it starts.

"I'm going to try everything I can to beat it," an emotional Turiaf said Friday.

The condition was discovered during extensive medical testing in Los Angeles.

Lakers spokesman John Black said Turiaf would have open-heart surgery in four to ...

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