Turiaf recuperating after open-heart surgery

Updated: August 19, 2005, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf said Friday he's well on his way to recovery from heart surgery and hopeful he'll one day wear the purple and gold.

Turiaf, who is recuperating here after open-heart surgery July 26 to repair an enlarged aortic root, said he will be cheering for his potential teammates this season as he works his way back into playing shape.

A decision on whether he can eventually play in the NBA is "way down the road" and up ...

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