Center undergoes emergency surgery

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 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.