Center undergoes emergency surgery

Updated: August 26, 2004, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace had an emergency appendectomy and was recovering Thursday.

Ben Wallace
Power Forward
Detroit Pistons
Profile
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
81 9.5 12.4 1.7 .421 .490

Wallace underwent surgery Wednesday night for acute appendicitis at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital in Richmond, Va. Team doctor Ben Paolucci said Wallace is doing well and is expected to be discharged Friday or Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 center for the NBA champions is expected to return for the beginning of training camp Oct. 4.

Wallace is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He was on the All-NBA second team and Eastern Conference All-Star team for a second straight time last season. Wallace averaged 10.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for the Pistons in the postseason.

Wallace's alma mater, Virginia Union, is in Richmond, and the big man has been playing in a pro-am league in the Virginia capital this summer.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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