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Ronny Turiaf
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Golden State Warriors  – No. 21
Power forward
Born January 13, 1983 (1983-01-13) (age 27)
Le Robert, Martinique
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA
Salary $4,140,000
College Gonzaga
Draft 2nd round, 37th overall, 2005
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2006–present
Former teams Yakama Sun Kings (2006)
Los Angeles Lakers (2006–2008)
Awards 2005 WCC Player of the Year
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Ronny Turiaf (born January 13, 1983 in Le Robert, Martinique) is a French professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He also plays as a member of the French national basketball team.

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Biography

Early life

Turiaf spent most of his childhood in Martinique, a French oversea department in the Caribbean Sea. Following the advice from his father, Turiaf moved to Paris in 1998, at the age of 15, to attend the National Institute of Physical Education (Insep), a school that combines rigorous secondary education with elite-level athletic training.[1]

In 1999, he made the French Under-18 national team, and in 2000, he helped lead the team to the European title with future NBA stars Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Mickaël Piétrus.[2]

College years

In 2001, Turiaf left France after accepting an offer to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he played for four years. In his last three years at Gonzaga, he was named First Team All-WCC.[1] Additionally, in his senior year (2004–2005), he was named as the conference's Player of the Year.[1] He ended his college career as the fourth all-time leader in scoring and rebounding in school history, with 1,723 points and 859 rebounds, respectively.[1] He averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game through his college years at Gonzaga, but led the WCC averaging 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game as a senior.[1][3] He graduated from Gonzaga with a degree in sports management and communication.[1]

2005–2006 season

Open-heart surgery

Ronny Turiaf attempts a layup. He played for The Los Angeles Lakers in 2006–2008 before signing a 4-year deal with the Golden State Warriors

Ronny Turiaf was the 37th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers, signing a two-year, $1 million contract. After a physical exam conducted by the Lakers just four weeks after the draft, team doctor, John Moe, found an enlarged aortic root in Turiaf's heart. After multiple examinations by other physicians, the Lakers decided that the problem, which was cleared by doctors in both France and the NBA's pre-Draft camp, was serious enough to require surgery. The Lakers were forced to void Turiaf's contract but retained his rights in case he was cleared to play again after the surgery. In addition, the team paid for all the expenses from the surgery. Turiaf underwent the six-hour open-heart surgery on July 26, 2005. His expected recovery time was between six and twelve months.[4]

As part of his rehabilitation, Turiaf signed with the Continental Basketball Association's Yakama Sun Kings, a team that drafted him with their 36th pick in the 2005 CBA draft.[5] He played 9 games with the Sun Kings, averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Turiaf recovered from his surgery quicker than expected and was therefore re-signed with the Lakers on January 17, 2006, less than six months after his surgery. In order to make room on the team's 15-man roster, the Lakers waived guard Laron Profit after his season-ending injury.[6]

2006–2007 season

On November 1, 2006, the second game of the season, Ronny Turiaf scored career highs in almost every category against the Golden State Warriors, including 8/10 shooting with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

2007–2008 season

Ronny Turiaf has received valuable playing time due to the many Laker injuries during the 2007–08 season. He was in the starting line-up at the beginning of the season as a forward alongside Lamar Odom, but after spraining his left ankle during practice on November 15, 2007, Turiaf missed two games of his own while his starts became limited.[7] However, after Pau Gasol sprained his ankle on March 14, 2008 in New Orleans, Ronny took over as the starting center for nine games until Gasol returned on April 2.[8] In that nine game span, Turiaf's stats jumped to over 30 minutes per game with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Yet the Lakers went 5–4 during those nine games, including back-to-back losses at home against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Memphis Grizzlies, two of the league's worst teams.[9]

Offseason

On July 9, 2008, Ronny Turiaf agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract offer from the Golden State Warriors. According to free agency rules, his previous team, the Los Angeles Lakers, had seven days to match that offer.

The Lakers, on July 18, decided not to match the Warriors' offer and the deal was finalized.[10]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 23 1 7.0 .500 .000 .556 1.6 .3 .1 .4 2.0
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 72 1 15.1 .549 .000 .664 3.6 .9 .2 1.1 5.3
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 78 21 18.7 .474 .000 .753 3.9 1.6 .4 1.4 6.6
2008–09 Golden State 79 26 21.5 .508 .000 .790 4.6 2.1 .4 2.1 5.9
Career 252 49 17.5 .505 .000 .726 3.8 1.4 .3 1.4 5.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 3 0 8.3 .600 .000 .833 2.3 .0 .0 .3 3.7
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 4 0 12.0 .357 .000 .700 3.0 .3 .5 .2 4.3
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 19 0 9.8 .389 .000 .588 1.4 .3 .1 .9 2.0
Career 26 0 10.0 .400 .000 .667 1.8 .2 .2 .8 2.5

Career highs

  • Points: 23 at Warriors on November 1, 2006
  • FG made: 8 on 4 occasions
  • FT made: 8 at Sonics on January 14, 2008
  • Rebounds: 15 vs. Suns on April 8, 2007
  • Assists: 7 at Trail Blazers on January 10, 2009
  • Steals: 10 vs. Timberwolves on November 9, 2007
  • Blocks: 5 on 4 occasions
  • Minutes: 40 vs. Wizards on March 30, 2008

All stats according to NBA.com.[11]

Personal information

  • Speaks five languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, and Creole (native language)[1]
  • Originally committed to the University of Connecticut where he planned to major in business[1]
  • Has four younger sisters: Elodie, Florence, Nadia, and Rachelle[1]
  • Enjoys playing video games and reading books[1]
  • Favorite movies are Scarface and Malcolm X[1]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Ronny Turiaf Bio Page". NBA.com. 2008. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/ronny_turiaf/bio.html. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  2. ^ "RONNY TURIAF: A Multicultural Warrior". NBA.com. 2007. http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/071124_ronnyturiaf_warrior.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ "#21 Ronny Turiaf". NBA.com. 2007. http://www.nba.com/lakers/roster/0607_21turiaf.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Turiaf needs heart surgery". SpokesmanReview.com. 2005. http://www.spokesmanreview.com/local/story.asp?ID=81378. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  5. ^ "CBA Draft". InsideHoops.com. 2005. http://www.insidehoops.com/cba-draft.shtml. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Six months after heart surgery, Turiaf joins Lakers". ESPN.com. 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2296001. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Turiaf Injured in Practice". Lakers.com Basketblog. 2007. http://my.lakers.com/blogs/2007/11/15/turiaf-injured-in-practice/. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Pau Ankle Injury". Lakers.com Basketblog. 2008. http://my.lakers.com/blogs/2008/03/14/pau-ankle-injury/. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Bryant Scores Just Six of His 53 in Final Quarter". NBA.com. 2008. http://www.nba.com/games/20080328/MEMLAL/recap.html. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  10. ^ "Warriors Signing Of Free Agent Ronny Turiaf Finalized". NBA.com. 2008. http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/warriors_sign_ronny_turiaf.html. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Ronny Turiaf Career Stats Page". NBA.com. 2008. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/ronny_turiaf/career_stats.html. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 

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