Lakers' draft pick 'not feeling up to it'

Updated: August 5, 2005, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Los Angeles Lakers second-round draft pick Ronny Turiaf, who underwent open-heart surgery last month, canceled a news conference Friday because he did not feel well.

Turiaf was chosen 37th in the NBA draft out of Gonzaga and had surgery July 26 to repair an enlarged aortic root that was discovered in a post-draft physical exam.

Gonzaga sports information director Oliver Pierce released a statement 45 minutes before the scheduled news conference, saying "Ronny is not feeling up to it today" and would reschedule.

"We will do our best -- in conjunction with the Los Angles Lakers and Ronny's agent -- to keep you informed of his progress,'' Pierce said.

The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds during his senior season with the Bulldogs. He was the Lakers' second pick behind 17-year-old center Andrew Bynum of St. Joseph High in Metuchen, N.J.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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