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09-27-2013, 10:01 AM
Lots of good stuff coming out of Minnesota


Wolves center Ronny Turiaf’s good friend at Gonzaga, Josh Monroe, was a pitcher on the Zags’ baseball team. And when he got the chance, Turiaf would spend some time playing catch with Monroe, learning the game and even taking part in some of the chatter synonymous with the sport.

“I loved going in the dugout when I was in college with my friends with the score, the lingo, the deuce-deuce, the ‘Here we go two-four, here we go two-four,’” Turiaf said. “It’s fun.”

On Monday at Target Field, Turiaf got the chance to relive those old memories when the Twins asked him to throw out the first pitch before their game against the Detroit Tigers. It was not Turiaf’s first time throwing out a ceremonial first pitch—he said he did it once before in Oakland—but that didn’t mean he wasn’t nervous about it.

For instance, he wasn’t sure what type of pitch he was going to throw. Monroe taught him several back at Gonzaga, and he was prepared to toss a two-seam or four-seam fastball as well as a curve.

When it came time to toss his first pitch, which he threw to infielder Trevor Plouffe, Turiaf decided to keep it simple. He threw a two-seam that crossed the plate a little high and tight but certainly respectable for Twins fans looking on.

“I’m going to tell you straight up, I’m very happy about my pitch,” Turiaf said. “Doesn’t matter if it’s a ball, if it’s a strike. It got there.”


09-27-2013, 07:41 PM
How awesome to see a different side of our Zags? Thank you ZaGranny!!!

10-02-2013, 08:22 AM

Ronny Turiaf: Coming from the heart
Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune Updated: October 2, 2013 - 10:14 AM
New Wolf Ronny Turiaf and former Wolf Fred Hoiberg share a bond after having similar open-heart surgeries.

MANKATO -- Raised on an island surrounded by Caribbean seas, new Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf knows better than to swim against the forces of nature, whether it’s free-diving off Martinique’s coast since he was a child or choosing his career path now that he’s all grown up.

“I’m a big believer in following the current, going with my heart and the signs I’ve been given,” he said. “When you don’t follow the current, it gets too hard.”

He believes his heart literally and a cosmic current figuratively have led him to his seventh NBA destination in nine seasons because of Timberwolves connections present and past: He played for new basketball boss Flip Saunders briefly two seasons ago in Washington. He also felt himself drawn in so many ways to Minnesota because of his friendship with Fred Hoiberg, the former Wolves player and executive with whom Turiaf shares little in common except for an unbreakable lifetime bond.

That, and an eight-inch scar that runs the length of each man’s sternum, a reminder of how their lives changed forever on operating tables within a month of each other in the summer of 2005.

Hoiberg reached out to Turiaf that fall at the request of Turiaf’s agent, and eight years later, the two men remain intertwined by their common experience caused by an abnormal heart valve each was born with: a six-hour open-heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. That condition could have killed either man had it not been detected by a timely echocardiogram that was part of an otherwise routine physical examination.

They in turn have shared their experiences with other NBA players — Etan Thomas, Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox — who later underwent similar heart surgeries. Together, they now comprise a rather exclusive fraternity Hoiberg calls the “Zipper Club” for the telltale scar — “I got cut up like a little lobster,” Turiaf says — even if its members don’t receive a uniformed blazer or share a secret handshake.

“Not yet, but we have a secret look,” Turiaf said. “If we look each other in the eye, we know what the other person went through. So many times in this day and age, people don’t know what others went through. We have this saying, ‘Walk a mile in my shoes.’ I know what he went through. That’s what makes the bond so special.”


Turiaf’s doctors told him he could take medications for the rest of his life and never play again or undergo a surgery Turiaf calls “traumatic.”

The basketball big man who left Martinique’s projects at age 15 to attend a Paris sports academy with Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and others didn’t pause a beat. His immediate decision has led to a long NBA career that includes two-plus seasons with the Lakers and a 2012 NBA title won with Miami before he signed as a free agent with the Wolves in July.

“Having missed every birthday, my grandpa’s funeral, my sisters growing up, not being with my mother, being robbed of all my teenage years, all those sacrifices going down the toilet like … pfffft?” Turiaf said, exhaling like air out of a balloon. “Not happening. I was not going to let all that go to waste. I would not let that be my life story. The choice was simple, I did not even think of it for one second: Cut me up, let me go back on the basketball court.”

Love heals

He returned to Spokane, Wash., and Gonzaga to recuperate for six months because he said he wanted to be surrounded by love. Soon after returning, Hoiberg entered his life. Hoiberg had leaned on a neighbor near his Chaska home who had undergone the same surgery for peace of mind and paid the favor forward when Turiaf’s agent called.

“Fred told me it was going to be OK, so I was cool,” Turiaf said, “or Fred told me what to expect so I said, ‘Oh, that’s easy.’ ”

Much more of this story and the bond between Ronny and Hoiberg at the link.


10-02-2013, 03:43 PM
Media day video interview (http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/video/2013/10/02/Turiafmp4-2608015).

Zag 77
10-02-2013, 08:07 PM
The lens of history seems to show more clearly all the time what a great ZAG he was.

10-07-2013, 07:23 PM
Ronny played 26:54. He had 2 points, 8 rebounds, 2 fouls, 1 steal, 2 TO's, 2 blocks.


10-09-2013, 08:09 PM
Ronny played 14:20, He had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 foul, 1 TO, 3 blocks.

Great game for Ronny!


10-10-2013, 04:23 PM
T wolves on 561 (dish) if you have NBA League Pass. Right now.


10-10-2013, 06:45 PM
Ronny was one of three players inactive for tonight's game.

He was very active in the previous 2 games.


10-13-2013, 09:40 AM
Ronny played 14:32. He had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 fouls, 1 steal 2 blocks.


10-20-2013, 04:36 PM
Ronny played 17:41. He had no points, 3 O rebounds, 2 assists, 3 fouls, 1 steal, 1 block (against Kelly).


10-21-2013, 12:33 PM
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10-24-2013, 09:13 AM
Ronny had 12 boards in only 16 minutes last night vs the 76ers.


10-30-2013, 07:07 PM
Ronny played 15:30. He had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 fouls, 1 steal, 1 block.

Nice game.


11-01-2013, 06:50 PM
Ronny Turiaf played 3:07. I tuned in just in time to see him go down in a hard fall. They reported later hewas taken to the locker room with an elbow contusion. It looked really painful.

He had no points,1 assist, 1 foul in his minutes.


11-02-2013, 05:28 PM
Bad News:


11-02-2013, 06:12 PM
Oh, noooooo!

Take care of yourself, Ronny!


11-02-2013, 07:06 PM
Thanks to Jim Meehan's twitter:


An MRI performed Saturday morning revealed a radial head fracture in backup center Ronny Turiaf’s right elbow. Turiaf will be re-evaluated next week to determine an approximate timetable for his return.

Turiaf was injured at the 10:17 mark of the second quarter of Friday's victory over Oklahame City when, off-balance, he crashed to the floor.

The good news is that surgery will not be needed. But Turiaf is likely out at least a few weeks.

And more articles from searching radial head fracture:


A radial head fracture isn't one of the most serious elbow injuries and recovery time is varied, but Turiaf should be out several weeks.

The team hopes to announce a timetable for Ronny Turiaf's recovery sometime in the next week. (Greg Smith-USA Today Sports)
Ronny Turiaf out indefinitely with elbow fracture
Published: Saturday, November 02, 2013, 2:20pm

Ronny Turiaf out indefinitely with elbow fracture An MRI confirms the reserve center suffered a radial head fracture in his right elbow. Timberwolves roll Thunder, 100-81 Minnesota had a surprisingly easy time with visiting Oklahoma City Friday. Wolves play to top of their ability -- even defensively -- in upset of OKC The Timberwolves looked far more dangerous than the highly regarded Thunder Friday night.


MINNEAPOLIS -- Usually-jovial Ronny Turiaf left practice looking a little gloomy Saturday afternoon, his right arm in a sling and tucked inside his Timberwolves hooded sweatshirt.

The reserve center suffered a radial head fracture in his right elbow Friday during Minnesota's victory over Oklahoma City and is out until further notice. An MRI performed Saturday morning revealed the damage, and he'll be reevaluated next week.

Turiaf's injury doesn't appear serious. But it's still a bummer when an emotional leader takes a tumble, forward Corey Brewer said.

"It was tough, just because he brings that spirit to the game," Brewer said. "He's always upbeat. He keeps us going."

Those that didn't see all 6-foot-10, 241 pounds of Turiaf hit the floor hard after colliding with Thunder forward Nick Collison heard the impact Friday. The two were going up for a rebound, and Collison's momentum knocked Turiaf out of midair with 10:17 left in the second quarter.

After lying on his back for a brief moment, Turiaf got up under his own power and was escorted to the locker room. He didn't return.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, minor radial head fractures can be treated by splinting for one or two weeks. More serious incidents require surgery. The team hopes to announce a timetable sometime in the next week.

He'll be missed, coach Rick Adelman said.

"Ronny was just playing so well," Adelman said of Turiaf, who was not made available to the media Saturday. "It's unfortunate. I'm glad it's not anything serious, because he's really done a nice job for us. He's got experience. He could be on the court, and you look at the stat sheet and say, 'oh, he didn't do much,' but he does a lot."

Turiaf had only been on the floor for 3:07 when he went down. In the Timberwolves' opener against Orlando, he played 15:30 and had three rebounds, a block, and a 3-point play in the post.

More at the links. (I got a bunch of duplicates and excess stuff when I was pasting and copying. I hope I got rid of most of it.)