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Traylor Has Enlarged Aortic Valve, Will Undergo Surgery

For the first time, Robert "Tractor" Traylor has revealed just what the Nets found when they examined him in August: an enlarged aortic valve above his heart. Traylor will have open-heart surgery in a few weeks, but expects to return to play later this year. The Nets, he notes, are one of the few teams that check for such problems, adding that others should as well. Traylor has the same condition that forced the Wolves' Fred Hoiberg and the Lakers' Ronny Turiaf to undergo surgery this summer.