Pistons center expected at training camp

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit Pistons center Zeljko Rebraca
has undergone successful surgery to correct the irregular heartbeat
that forced him to miss 50 games last season.

Rebraca, 31, is expected to be with the Pistons when the team
begins training camp in early October.

"We are very pleased that everything went according to plan
with Zelly's procedure," president of basketball operations Joe
Dumars said Thursday in a news release.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Fred Morady at University of
Michigan Hospital.

The 7-foot Rebraca had said in the spring that he was
considering quitting basketball if the irregular heartbeat could
not be corrected.

Rebraca played in 30 games last season, averaging 6.6 points and
3.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes.

He was named Europe's MVP in 1999 while playing for Benetton in
Italy. He also played for Partizan Belgrade and Panathinaikos in
Greece. He won one world and two European titles as a Yugoslav
national team center.