HoopsHype Ronny Turiaf rumors

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Nine years later, he is back learning all over again, this time in a 10th-floor downtown penthouse office overlooking Target Field alongside other summer interns employed by the Olson advertising agency. While everyone else seemingly is obsessed with Timberwolves teammate Kevin Love’s future, Turiaf this time is focused learning not the ways of the NBA but rather video-production skills, social-media intricacies and other marketing expertise that he will apply to his Heart to Heart foundation and his IVC Global management company that he intends will endure long after his playing days are done. “It definitely feels like when I was just coming into the NBA,” Turiaf said. “Just like back then, they’re throwing me into the fire.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

He is one of 14 interns hired for the summer at $13 an hour, a sum he is donating to the agency’s BrandLab that seeks to broaden the advertising world’s ethnic and cultural diversity through a high-school mentoring program. At age 31, he clearly is this year’s oldest intern, and at 6-9 he is the tallest, too. “Yeah, I think they’re all definitely shorter,” Turiaf said. None of the other interns own an NBA championship ring, either, like the one Turiaf won with LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012. “He’d be the only one,” said Olson agency creative director George Fiddler, Turiaf’s summer supervisor. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Turiaf underwent an MRI today that revealed a fracture of his right elbow. Will be re-evaluated later this week to determine his return Twitter

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Now Turiaf unknowingly has joined the chorus, encouraging the second-year Russian guard to play with more joy and less concern for his errors while coach Rick Adelman just wants Shved to become more “engaged” when he’s playing off the ball. “If Alexey smiles, everything else takes care of itself,” Turiaf said. “If he doesn’t smile, he’s a different player.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Now he is a year wiser and stronger — “I make muscles,” he says — even if the wiry 6-6 combo guard still weighs the same starting a season when he no longer has fellow countryman Andrei Kirilenko by his side. “He’s my great man, my good friend and he really helps me,” said Shved, who says he still talks to Kirilenko every other day after his pal signed with Brooklyn last summer. “But he has his life and I have my life.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 20, 2013 Updates

Chase Budinger, Dante Cunningham, Ronny Turiaf, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel were all on hand Friday and participating in a 5-on-5 scrimmage. The chance to come in early allows rookies like Muhammad, Dieng and Brown to get familiar with the facilities and some of the training regimens prior to Training Camp. For guys like Budinger and Cunningham, it’s a way to get re-acquainted with the day-to-day grind. NBA.com

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Newest Timberwolf Ronny Turiaf on Thursday officially signed with his seventh different team in nine NBA seasons, but he can’t help but think how his life has come full circle now. “I remember eight years ago and you guys had somebody named Fred Hoiberg,” Turiaf said Thursday evening in a teleconference call with reporters. “He was almost like a father figure to me, somebody who helped me through the worst time of my life.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In 2005, Hoiberg was a veteran guard on a Wolves team that had reached the Western Conference finals the year before and Turiaf was a rookie out of Gonzaga with the L.A. Lakers. Hoiberg underwent surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm the same day Turiaf was drafted. A month later, Turiaf needed a surgery very similar to Hoiberg’s. It is a coincidence that will forever bind the two men after Hoiberg watched a pre-surgery interview Turiaf did, saw how scared the young man looked, and reached out to him. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Eight years later, they remain friends and together helped guide Washington’s Etan Thomas through his heart surgery two years after theirs. “Every time I had a question, every time he had a question, we were there for moral support,” Turiaf said. “Of course, we still talk. It is not a one-way ticket for heart surgery, it is a lifetime bond we have. For me, that shows basketball is a game that transcends generations, that transcends colors. To have somebody like Fred Hoiberg and myself become partners in this crazy ordeal, it’s a wonderful thing for me.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 18, 2013 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free-agent center Ronny Turiaf. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We're excited to welcome Ronny to our team," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "Ronny is a physical, aggressive defender and a good passer. He's a solid pro who will help us with his experience and veteran leadership." NBA.com

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