View Full Version : Pistons' Ben Wallace recovering after emergency appendectomy

08-26-2004, 02:34 PM
02:32 PM CDT on Thursday, August 26, 2004

Associated Press

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

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 on 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.

08-26-2004, 02:48 PM
He'll be fine quickly. The appendix is such an enigma.

08-27-2004, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by: Drbio
He'll be fine quickly. The appendix is such an enigma.

Does it actually serve any purpose whatsoever, Doc?

08-27-2004, 02:59 PM
With more than a month to recover the article makes me feel sorry for the guy, but it is of no concern to the NBA.

08-27-2004, 10:48 PM
had it done. kidney infection and stones too.