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ZagNative
07-24-2008, 10:56 AM
Nice Story in the San Jose Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_9980725?nclick_check=1):

Turiaf eager to help Warriors
By Mark Emmons
Mercury News
Article Launched: 07/24/2008 01:35:47 AM PDT

When all the questions had been asked and all the cameras turned off, Ronny Turiaf found a Warriors official.

"Do I get to keep this?" he asked, holding the team jersey that he had been given before a news conference.

He already had gotten a four-year, $17 million contract. What's an extra jersey? Especially one with his name on it.

His face lit up and he looked like a 6-foot-10 kid as he folded the present. Turiaf was the free-spirited member of The Bench Mob - the Los Angeles Lakers' key reserves during their NBA finals run. His spontaneous dance moves celebrated big plays by Kobe Bryant and others.

But Turiaf, 25, didn't come here to be the Warriors' team choreographer.

"I don't think the Warriors signed me to help out with that," Turiaf said Wednesday. "Last time I looked, they signed me to play basketball."

Specifically, they added Turiaf - who joined the Warriors after the Lakers declined to match a free-agent offer sheet - to play physical interior defense and rebound. He provides some muscle for a sleek squad that desperately needs toughness.

"I can rebound, block shots, play defense," he said. "I can make plays for others because I believe I am a pretty good passer. They already have a great young nucleus and have the ball rolling. Now I just have to get up to speed."

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A native of the French Caribbean island of Martinique, Turiaf was the West Coast Conference player of the year in 2005 at Gonzaga. A second-round draft pick of the Lakers, he needed surgery at the Stanford Medical Center to repair an enlarged aortic root before beginning his pro career.

Wednesday, Warriors executive Chris Mullin went down a lengthy list of reasons Turiaf was a good addition.

"His size, his energy, rebounding, defense," Mullin said. "He's an underrated runner. He can pass, and in our system, he can score more. He's a good complement for the rest of the guys."

ZagNative
07-24-2008, 11:14 AM
Cool interview with Ronny at the Warriors press conference on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax1_ME_gAK8&eurl=http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/warriors_sign_ronny_turiaf.html).

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/NBA/Turiaf/Rony%20in%20NBA/RonnyvideowarriorsonSanFrancisco.jpg

I loved this from the interview, when asked if he was familiar with the Bay area:
I used to go to Tommy's Joint down in San Francisco. It's a great restaurant, I like the music, I I like the hyphey movement, I like everything about the place, so I'm going to fit right in. Don't worry about that.And at the end, a line we're all going to need to get used to saying,
"Go Warriors, Baby!"

And from elsewhere, just another great pic of The Man:


http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/NBA/Turiaf/Rony%20in%20NBA/2008-07-24RonnyTuriafGreatpic.jpg

HRZag
07-24-2008, 04:09 PM
Oh man, I miss that guy.

It sure is fun to have a guy like him to root for.

Have fun in the City Ronny.

ZagNative
07-24-2008, 04:35 PM
Agreed, HRZag. I love that guy. I'm going to venture to say something baseless, just a feeling I have had, that playing with Ronny, knowing him personally, has had a special effect on Kobe, that Ronny brought out the best in him.

I was thinking, as I read that story and Kobe's comments about him, of that feature that used to run in Reader's Digest, "My most unforgettable character."

So glad that we can claim him as a Zag ... Here on Gonzaga's campus ...

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/NBA/Turiaf/Ronny_on_Scooter.jpg

As long as he plays basketball, it's not like we've lost him, and I feel as if even after he stops playing basketball, he'll still do something big to make us all proud.

zagporvida
07-25-2008, 08:42 PM
man that is a great picture! i wish i would have been on campus at the same time as ronny. everything i hear about him is great.