Diagnosis nearly crushed Podkolzine's dream

Updated: June 19, 2003, 9:10 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Pavel Podkolzine has overcome just about every obstacle imaginable for a young NBA draft prospect over the last six months. But the last one -- a diagnosis of acromegaly (a growth hormone secreting pituitary adenoma) late last week -- pushed him to the edge.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer