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Ronny Turiaf (born January 13, 1983 in Le Robert, Martinique) is a French basketball player, selected in the second round (37th pick overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He primarily plays power forward. His first name is pronounced as rhyming with pony.
Turiaf spent most of his childhood in Martinique, moving at age 15 to Paris to attend Insep (National Institute of Physical Education), which combines secondary school with elite-level athletic training. By 1999, he had made the French under-18 national team, and in 2000 he and future NBA stars Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Mickael Pietrus helped lead France to the European under-18 championship.
In 2001, he left France to attend Gonzaga University, playing four years. In his last three years at Gonzaga, he was named a first-team All-West Coast Conference player, and was the conference's Player of the Year in his senior year (2004-05). For his career at Gonzaga, he averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds as a senior.
After being drafted, Turiaf signed his rookie contract with the Lakers. Then, while preparing to play with the Lakers' summer league team in 2005, he underwent a physical which uncovered a heart-related problem; a more comprehensive exam found an enlarged aortic root, known as aneurysm of sinus of Valsalva. As a result of Turiaf's condition, the Lakers voided his rookie contract. However, given the doctors' prognosis that successful surgery should correct the problem and possibly allow Turiaf to return to a basketball career, the team paid for his surgery after the NBA did not prohibit them from doing so.
Turiaf underwent open-heart surgery on July 26, 2005. He was initially expected to miss the entire 2005-06 NBA season and to work toward joining the Lakers for the 2006-07 campaign. However, he recovered more quickly than expected and just six months after his surgery, he signed a new contract with the Lakers, forgoing an opportunity to play in Spain for more money.
Known for his sideline antics, Turiaf has been given what head coach Phil Jackson calls "a new lease on life." After his rookie season, he was named to the French squad for the 2006 World Championships.
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Lakers Sign Guard Pinnock (Los Angeles Times) Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft earlier this summer, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers sign guard Pinnock (Covers.com) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft earlier this summer, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers . Pinnock, a 6-foot-5 guard who entered the draft following his junior year at George ...
Lakers sign guard Pinnock (SportingNews.com) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, the 58th pick in the NBA draft earlier this summer, has...
Junior Lakers are best in Canada (myKawartha.com) The Iroquois Lacrosse Arena proved to be a very unwelcoming environment for the home side in the 2006 Minto Cup Lacrosse Championship. The Peterborough Junior Lakers beat the Six Nations Arrows 9-5 on Saturday to capture the Minto Cup and Canadian junior lacrosse supremacy.
Junior Lakers win national title (myKawartha.com) The Peterborough Merit Precision Lakers stand atop the Canadian junior lacrosse mountain. The Lakers downed the Six Nations Arrows 9-5 Saturday in Hagersville to win the Minto Cup - the Lakers' 12th Canadian junior lacrosse championship title but the club's first in 17 years.
Loaded Lakers top Marcellus (Syracuse.com) By spreading the wealth on offense, Skaneateles cruised past Marcellus 4-1 in a boys soccer season opener for both teams Tuesday.
IN HIS OWN WORDS: PART FOUR: Agony of '88 Finals leads to Joe D's acclaim in '89 (Detroit Free Press) The first time Joe Dumars made it to the NBA Finals, in 1988, the Pistons lost to the Lakers in seven games. Probably the first really deep hurt that I had in basketball.
Lady Lakers 10 Under Lay A Foundation (Shelbyville Daily Union) It was the first season for the Lady Laker 10 & Under traveling team and although it wasn’t a winning season theydid earn three fourth place trophies at tournaments and a Sportsmanship Award, along with their 11-25-1 record.
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