Lakers' draft pick returns to Spokane for R-and-R

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick
Ronny Turiaf was released from Stanford Medical Center on Tuesday,
one week after heart surgery, and returned to Spokane for rest and
In a statement issued by Gonzaga University, the former Bulldogs
standout asked the news media and public to respect his privacy.
"As soon as I return to Spokane, get settled and have my
rehabilitation program outlined, I will meet with the media to
update you to the best of my ability as to what is ahead for me," he said.
Turiaf, the 37th pick in this summer's NBA draft, had surgery
July 26 to repair an enlarged aortic root. Doctors found his aortic
valve was functioning properly and did not need replacement.
As a Gonzaga senior last season, a 6-foot-10 power forward
averaged 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.