...just to be able to wake up this morning. Now he's going to start his journey of a thousand miles with one step:
A six-hour, open-heart surgery on Gonzaga center Ronny Turiaf was pronounced a success yesterday, generating hope that the 22-year-old Los Angeles Lakers draftee might play basketball again.
"We're just overwhelmed by the results," Gonzaga assistant coach Leon Rice said last night.... the procedure did not include replacement of a heart valve, which, according to reports, would have decreased the chance Turiaf could play competitively again. Even in the best-case scenario, Turiaf wouldn't be ready for the 2005-06 season.
"Turiaf's valve was functioning normally and did not need to be replaced," said the Lakers' [press] release, adding that he is "expected to make a complete and full recovery."