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zag buddy
08-25-2008, 06:49 PM
Turiaf found a Warriors official.

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

Hey, he'd already received a four-year, $17 million contract. What's an extra jersey?

Especially one with his name on it.

His face lit up as he folded the present, looking like a 6-foot-10 kid.

Turiaf was the free-spirited member of The Bench Mob, the Los Angeles Lakers' key reserves during their NBA Finals run last season. His spontaneous dance moves celebrated big plays by Kobe Bryant and others.

But he didn't come here, Turiaf said Wednesday, to be the Warriors' choreographer.

"I don't think the Warriors signed me to help out with that," said Turiaf, 25. "Last time I looked, they signed me to play basketball."

Specifically, they added Turiaf — who joined the Warriors after the Lakers declined to match Golden State's 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."

At least one Laker was disappointed by his departure.

"I'm sad about it," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times. "I wish we could have kept him. I love him as a person, I love him as a basketball player, and I hate to see him leave."

Turiaf averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.38 blocks in 18.7 minutes a game last season. He was a fan favorite at the Staples Center for high-energy play, relentless hustle and, yes, dance moves that can be viewed on YouTube.

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 pick of the Lakers, Turiaf overcame a heart problem — he had 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."

Turiaf's Bay Area introduction came as the Warriors continued to retool their roster. There was a report Wednesday the team had signed swingman Maurice Evans, a six-year veteran who played with the Lakers and Orlando last season and is known for defense and 3-point shooting.

Mullin, however, denied that a deal was in place.

"We're having dialogue with a few different people, and he's one," Mullin said of Evans, who averaged 9.3 points in 68 games last season with Orlando.

A Warriors source said that adding Evans would mean the Warriors wouldn't match the $9 million offer sheet swingman Kelenna Azubuike signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last week.

On Tuesday, the Warriors traded a conditional first-round pick for New Jersey's Marcus Williams, who likely will be the backup point guard to Monta Ellis.

Oh, and Mullin said discussions are ongoing with restricted free agents Ellis and Andris Biedrins, and that it's his "belief" they will be signing long-term deals.

It has been a wholesale turnover of the roster the past month — including the arrival of swingman Corey Maggette — that began with the first tumbling domino of Baron Davis opting out of his contract and signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Obviously when Baron left, that changed a lot," Mullin said. "But coming into the offseason, I knew there would be changes anyway. But the key thing was finding the right players. I like the way things are turning out."

That includes Turiaf.

He's expected to be a backup at power forward and center. Turiaf said he was eager to experience the —swagger" that the Warriors demonstrate on the court.

"And it's going to be a relief to have a team really count on me," Turiaf added.

In other words, he wants to be known for more than someone who just leads cheers.

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Good going and great luck Ronny.

08-25-2008, 07:19 PM
Perhaps there are bigger things in Ronny's future after the NBA, but if there isn't, and he's looking a job, and Gonzaga University doesn't offer him an essential position within the university or athletics, I would be sorely disappointed in them.

Incredible player. Incredible human being.

08-25-2008, 07:56 PM
I thought I recognized that story, posted here earlier (http://www.guboards.spokesmanreview.com/showthread.php?p=238495), along with a link to a neat video from the press conference where he was introduced as a Warrior.