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ZagNative
08-11-2008, 02:08 PM
I can't believe I hadn't seen this before! Surely it was posted before (apologies if it was), but just in case it escaped us all, it's too good to miss.

YouTube - A Lakers Presentation , "The Big Hearted Loss", Ronny Turiaf (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=_3lMTiXlhL8)

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Last week, Ronny Turiaf signed a lucrative (for his role) contract of 4 year for approximately $17 million. It hit me like a cold slap in the face. It came out of nowhere, and was totally unexpected. I realized that day, that the Lakers would probably not match that high of an offer, and I would have to write this goodbye not only from me, but from the entire Lakers Nation.

Ronny Turiaf was the 37th draft pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. I remember that night well, when they announced the Lakers had picked Ronny, I was pumped up, I knew what Ronny was about, I knew the things that he did at Gonzaga to help make them a powerhouse in the early part of this decade. I couldn't wait to have his energy on our Lakers club. I thought to myself, here is what we have been missing, Mark Madsen, but with actual talent.

Then 4 weeks later, the Lakers Nation mourned when news broke about Ronny Turiaf's heart. He was in need of open heart surgery, that took place on July 26, 2005. The Lakers had to wave him, but held on to his rights and paid for the entire procedure. The surgery lasted around 6 hours, and it was expected to take up to a year for him to recover. But Mr. Turiaf and his big heart had ideas of his own. Ideas that would bring him back to the game he loved a heck of a lot sooner.

He started rehab and began working as hard as he could. He signed with the CBA's Yakuma Sun Kings to try and speed things up. He played 9 games for them averaging 13 PPG and 6.3 RBG. The Lakers noticed the great things Ronny had accomplished, and on January 17th less than 6 months after the operation, Ronny was back in the NBA, and back with the Purple and Gold.

It was easy to see that this man had a passion for the game, and the he was the type of person that had great character, someone who every team that wants to be successful needs to have.

On the second game of the 2007-2007 NBA season, Ronny Turiaf scored career highs in almost every category against the Golden State Warriors. Most notably 8/10 shooting with 23 points. Lakers fans and Lakers Management alike began to realize they had someone who was special.

Last season, Ronny was very valuable to the Lakers as he played big minutes with an injury depleted frontcourt. Probably none bigger than the 9 game stretch late in the season when Pau Gasol sprained his ankle. Ronny put up solid numbers as he was now starting and playing 30 minutes a game while averaging 11 PPG, 6 RBG, and 2 BPG. All though the Lakers only went 5-4 on this stretch, including to horrible losses to the Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center, Ronny helped it from being a complete disaster.

With Gasol back, his minutes were sliced, but he still showed the same energy and passion game in and game out. Every Lakers fan can remember him yelling "Sashaaa Vujacicccc!!!," and " I love you, Sasha!!!!!!!!" While the Lakers ended up short of their NBA Championship goal, there was never a dull moment with Turiaf's passion.

Ronny Turiaf's life like so many of ours has been like a dangerous battlefield. And he has won almost every single one of them. He made it into the NBA, beat open-heart surgery, started playing basketball again in record time, got resigned by the Lakers, helped start the bench mob, became a core piece to the 2008 Western Conference Champion Lakers team, and finally got a lucrative contract offer from the Golden State Warriors that he accepted.

While I will extremely miss Ronny, I know he did what he thought was best for his family. I mean he knows as well as anyone you never know how long your going to be able to play sports professionally, you need to get as much money as you can to support your family, because one day, it will all be over for everyone.

So Ronny if you read this know I LOVE YOU, the entire LAKERS NATION LOVES YOU!

We are thankful for the role model you have been in Los Angeles, showing everyone that they can overcome whatever obstacles life throws your way, with hard work, dedication, and most important faith.

Thanks for the memories, Ronny.


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JAGzag
08-11-2008, 02:29 PM
Haven't seen that, thanks ZN! Ronny is an absolute gem and any team is truly better when he's on the roster. Man, can you imagine Ronny on this years team? Scary.

75Zag
08-11-2008, 02:29 PM
Hard to believe that a team based in Los Angeles, CA - home of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears - would be so superficial as to put money ahead of loyalty and fan commitment.

The Lakers did a very good thing by paying for the heart surgery and giving Turiaf a chance to recover and become a good NBA player. But their decision to save a few bucks by cutting him loose after he had become a fan favorite is more typical of why I hate LA.

ZagNative
08-11-2008, 02:31 PM
I am sure the following links were posted before, after Ronny's "Before the Bigs" episode, but I often didn't follow video links in the past, because of my puny DSL connection. Upgraded to cable broadband recently, I started catching up on and cataloguing some of the great Zags videos.

Here's that episode with Ronny in "Before the Bigs," in 9 clips. Great stuff!

Before the Bigs, Part 1 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=BN83_-99BFg)

Before the Bigs, Part 2 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=jS4KLcwtuKc)

Before the Bigs, Part 3 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=C_n1fcQoRdA)

Before the Bigs, Part 4 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=_I-h27oOVQU)

Before the Bigs, Part 5 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=buSaAbBA8GE)

Before the Bigs, Part 6 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=RjXoAbmlkCk)

Before the Bigs, Part 7 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=8vZQGtL3oow)

Before the Bigs, Part 8 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=B5u2deleqyM)

Before the Bigs, Part 9 (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=eZQKczuTOIU)

JAGzag
08-11-2008, 02:37 PM
Hard to believe that a team based in Los Angeles, CA - home of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears - would be so superficial as to put money ahead of loyalty and fan commitment.

The Lakers did a very good thing by paying for the heart surgery and giving Turiaf a chance to recover and become a good NBA player. But their decision to save a few bucks by cutting him loose after he had become a fan favorite is more typical of why I hate LA.

Granted, I was raised a Laker fan, but I don't think the organization did anything wrong in this case. Ronny really had an opportunity to see a ton more minutes with Golden State and with the team the Lakers have coming back, he would be relgated to a "support the support" role - he deserves better and I think the Lakers know this. Hence not matching the offer.

ZagNative
08-11-2008, 03:04 PM
Oh, please ... don't hi-jack this thread with unpleasant talk about the Lakers organization or the people of Los Angeles. We have all been able to share this special presence, this force of nature, this gift .. of Ronny Turriaf.

We have loved him and he he has returned that love. Can we just be grateful, just for a little bit?

LongIslandZagFan
08-11-2008, 04:40 PM
Hard to believe that a team based in Los Angeles, CA - home of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears - would be so superficial as to put money ahead of loyalty and fan commitment.

The Lakers did a very good thing by paying for the heart surgery and giving Turiaf a chance to recover and become a good NBA player. But their decision to save a few bucks by cutting him loose after he had become a fan favorite is more typical of why I hate LA.


I actually think that LA did him a favor in the end by letting him go elsewhere. It was more than a money decision. It was the reality that they were fairly stocked in the front court and his minutes would be limited which didn't make sense once you start paying him 7 figures. I am sure that it was not an easy decision for the Laker organization as I think everyone there loved Ronny. But sometimes when you love something you need to let it free.

gamagin
08-11-2008, 05:35 PM
thanks, all.

I agree that Ronny is so special that wherever he winds up, that city and team will be very lucky.

I also agree that the Lakers , right or wrong, needed to fill what it considered to be its weak spots after losing the championships to the Celtics.

And Ronny was still a work in process in that environment whereas he can grow and prosper and perhaps make his pro mark better elsewhere.

Go Ronny ! Go Zags !

MedZag
08-11-2008, 05:42 PM
This is my Fave Ronny Lakers Video (http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=4hi-h160mXs)... mainly because it has GU footage in it :D

dim4sum
08-12-2008, 08:04 AM
This is a reminder to all that what the 2008-09 team might be sorely lacking is a Mister Enthusiasm, ala Ronny. Will anyone out there step up to fill that very large opening? The team needs someone who plays like they truly love the game. Last year I noticed a lot of looks of drudgery, intensity at times, but not a lot of joy.

LongIslandZagFan
08-12-2008, 10:15 AM
This is a reminder to all that what the 2008-09 team might be sorely lacking is a Mister Enthusiasm, ala Ronny. Will anyone out there step up to fill that very large opening? The team needs someone who plays like they truly love the game. Last year I noticed a lot of looks of drudgery, intensity at times, but not a lot of joy.

I think Mr. Pargo would beg to differ with you.

ZagNative
08-12-2008, 11:47 AM
Under the ever-present threat of sniper fire from the negative nellies on this board who lurk chronically cynical and ready to shoot down any kind of feel-good thread related to the Zags and hijack it with a referendum on the current squad ....

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Junk/Misc/Cniperkitty.jpg

ZN lobs a grenade of really big hair into the enemy's lair:

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zaguarxj
08-12-2008, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the repost of the video links ZN. I get all choked up every time I see the press conference where Ronny talks about his upcoming heart surgery. What an incredible spirit.