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09-03-2014, 03:24 PM
I thought this was a good article on Dunking with Wolves (http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2014/09/03/season-player-profile-ronny-turiaf/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter) about Ronny's role with the Wolves this coming season.


Off-season player profile: Ronny Turiaf

his is Part Eleven in a thirteen-part series that will examine all players currently on the Wolves’ roster that played for the team last season. We’ll be omitting Kevin Love, because…well, you know why.

When the Timberwolves signed Ronny Turiaf before last season, it was to provide insurance for an oft-injured starting center (Nikola Pekovic) and his supposedly raw rookie backup (Gorgui Dieng).

After Turiaf missed two long stretches of games last season and Pekovic missed his usual chunk of contests, Dieng was forced to play heavy minutes out of necessity. And he played very, very well.

Turiaf played in just 31 games in 2013-14, but was a positive contributor when he saw the court. His addition made a lot of sense for a team that had set it’s sights on contending, and coupled with an injury-prone starter, it was an intelligent move.

Over the course of his career, Turiaf has proven himself to be one of the better backup centers in the league. He’s consistently averaged 15-20 minutes per game, and as long as he isn’t forced to be over-exposed by playing heavy minutes, he’s an extremely valuable piece to a contending team.

His role on this year’s team will be different, as (health-permitting, as always) Dieng has proven himself to be a more-than-worthy backup to Pekovic.

Unless the front office has a surprising, blockbuster trade lined up for either Pekovic or Dieng (highly unlikely on both counts), Turiaf is a trade candidate that makes a lot of sense. At this point, it seems likely that any trade involving Turiaf may not happen until February’s deadline, when contenders are willing to give something up for a good backup big man.

Not only that, Flip Saunders likely covets the locker room influence and vocal on-court presence of Turiaf, given the young grouping of talent on the current roster. Along with Thaddeus Young, Saunders will rely on Turiaf’s veteran status to have a positive effect on the host of rookie and sophomore players.

That said, Turiaf is too good of a player to be a third-string center. It’s always possible that Saunders has a plan to move Turiaf once the two centers in front of him make it through training camp healthy, or something along those lines.

Look for his production this year to be in line with his career: great defense, good passing, and lots and lots of energy, both on and off the court. The role he plays is very important, and it will be of better use to a true contender than a rebuilding squad like the 2013-14 Timberwolves.

09-11-2014, 01:59 PM
Here's a nice online audio interview with Jim Rome. (http://jimrome.com/2014/09/11/ronny-turiaf/)

10-13-2014, 07:15 PM
Timberwolves' Ronny Turiaf feeling like new man after workouts

By Andy Greder

Pull-ups became a workout of the past once Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf had open-heart surgery to fix an enlarged aorta in 2005.

"I have a big scar with wires in there," Turiaf said, pointing to his chest. "It was also a mental thing that I started to lose confidence in my (pectoral) area as far as strength."

Then last summer, the 31-year-old center joined young teammates Shabazz Muhammad and Anthony Bennett for "Chameleon Training" in California. The threesome said the workouts with Frank Matrisciano were the most strenuous they had ever done.

Muhammad and Bennett shed excessive weight, while Turiaf believed he help extend his career. And all three accomplished things they didn't believe they could, including pull-ups.

"(Matrisciano) told me, 'OK, I guarantee by the end of the time that you're going to be with me, you're going to be doing a pull-up like its nothing,' " Turiaf recalled. "I look at him and I'm like, 'Whatever, dude.' "

More at the link:


You go, Ronny!


10-30-2014, 10:24 AM
Ronny Turiaf sat out yesterday's T Wolves game with a sore hip.


11-13-2014, 06:54 PM
I believe this was his first game (but I am not sure, because I have not checked all of them).

He played 9:39. He had 1 rebound, 1 assist, no points (or shots).


11-21-2014, 08:15 PM
Ronny was not on the roster tonight for their game against the Spurs.


11-23-2014, 12:01 AM
Ronny was not on the roster tonight. On the page, it says he is still struggling with the hip injury.


12-14-2014, 06:35 PM
Finally some news about Ronny Turiaf's injury. He is going to New York tomorrow to have arthroscopic surgery on his hip, which has been nagging him for weeks.

It was announced during the game between the T Wolves and the lakers.


12-16-2014, 03:09 PM

Ronny Turiaf Injury Update
Posted: Dec 16, 2014

Minneapolis/St. Paul — The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that forward/center Ronny Turiaf underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure this morning on his right hip. The operation was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Turiaf will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Turiaf played in two games this season, totaling one rebound and two assists in just over 18 minutes of action.