HoopsHype Ronny Turiaf rumors

June 30, 2012 Updates
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Agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday that backup center Ronny Turiaf will wait until his Saturday deadline to decide on his $1.2 million Heat option clause for 2012-13. That could impact the Heat's decision with backup center Dexter Pittman, with the Heat having until Saturday to decide whether to guaranteed Pittman's 2012-13 salary. Sulia

June 14, 2012 Updates

Unlike Turiaf and Thomas and expected to be unlike Green, Hoiberg did not return to the NBA following his heart surgery. He said he could have come back but didn’t because he was the father of four young children and didn't want to take any chances. FOXSports Florida

June 11, 2012 Updates

Ronny Turiaf had options after the Nuggets bought him out in March. He chose the Heat and, while he hasn’t always been in the rotation, he has started seven games in the playoffs and could get some time in the Finals. “It’s worked out the exact way as I would have hoped,” Turiaf said. “Adapt myself into a team that was already established when I got there. Had success at various points during my time here, held the fort down when Chris was down. I feel like it’s been a fun run.” Palm Beach Post

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Pietrus (Guadeloupe) and Turiaf (Martinique) both grew up on Caribbean islands that are overseas territories of France. They met as teenagers and formed a bond playing for the French national team that has endured throughout their NBA careers. “We’ve known each other for quite a while,” Turiaf said. “We definitely have a special bond. We don’t have a chance to do it right now because of the hectic schedule, but we definitely keep in touch throughout the year.” Boston Herald

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That was a result of the first surprise. Last week, Turiaf's business manager had woken him from a nap to go to a meeting. At the supposed meeting, at a waterside restaurant, the business manager asked if he could see dolphins swimming. He could not, and saw something better instead. "All my aunties jumped me," Turiaf said. "And started kissing me." They had come from Martinique, with his father, a cousin and Annie. So they got tickets to the game, and grandma – "who doesn't know much about basketball" – wore one of the LeBron James' "MVP" headbands. "I have had a great personal week," Turiaf said. "This is something that God gave me." Palm Beach Post

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Ronny Turiaf has a unique ability to give back while looking forward. The Miami Heat recently concluded a grueling eight-game, 11-day stretch and the players finally had a day off earlier this week. Turiaf spent part of it talking about his latest project, joining teammate Dwyane Wade, NBA players Jeremy Lin and Chris Paul and others to help promote and raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse America’s 40th anniversary. “I want to be remembered for more than basketball,” said Turiaf, who started his Heart to Heart Foundation in 2009 to provide medical care and health services to children in need. “I just feel like everyone can play a role in a healthy child’s development and I’m happy to use basketball as a platform to help others.” Spokesman-Review

April 4, 2012 Updates

Chris Tomasson: There was an apparent misunderstanding regarding a Tweet I had yesterday. Ronny Turiaf says his French Olympic berth is not yet finalized. Twitter

Ronny Turiaf asked whether coach Erik Spoelstra told him why he started: “I’m not here to ask questions or anything like that. My job is to play basketball. I want to win basketball games. If coach thinks that in order to win basketball games, I should start that’s what I’m going to do. If coach thinks it’s better for me in the long run to be the third big, that’s what I’m going to be. I pride myself to always do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m a good soldier & I follow orders well.'' Sulia

March 26, 2012 Updates

According to a league source, the Heat gave Turiaf a player option for $1.2 million next season as part of the deal. The team already has nearly $80 million committed in salaries for next year. It is likely that Turiaf will opt to become a free agent but it was a way for the Heat to increase their bid. ESPN.com

March 22, 2012 Updates

Ronny Turiaf has played six-plus seasons in the NBA. His 81-year-old grandmother, Annie, has never been present to watch him perform during in any of them. That, he said, was a factor in his decision to join the Heat. “Before she leaves me, before she leaves us, she can come see me play my first basketball game,” Turiaf said Thursday, following his first Heat practice. “She’s three hours away, in the Caribbean, Martinique. I told her, I told my Dad to tell her last night, now she has no excuse not to come.” Palm Beach Post

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