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RONNY TURIAF BLOG
Throughout the year, Ronny Turiaf will provide fans with a true insider's prospective of the club. From the locker room to the hardwood to his life off the court, the energetic big man will share the details of his season with you, the fans. Send Ronny a question at TuriafQuestions@gs-warriors.com and check out his next entry for a response.


Thursday, June 3 (10:01 a.m.)

Catching Up On A Busy Off-Season

Note: The text below was written by the staff of warriors.com:

Earlier this week, we got a glimpse into the off-season life of Stephen Curry. Today, we catch up with Ronny Turiaf. The energetic big man has stayed quite busy this off-season. He’s taken part in graduation ceremonies from Gonzaga University, spoken at California Lobby Day and even visited a high school French class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Hear from Ronny himself in the video below:




Monday, March 22 (6:35 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Movie Time Video



Tuesday, March 9 (11:18 a.m.)

Turiaf Q&A On NBA.com

Read Turiaf's full interview by clicking here. (photo: Christian Petersen/NBAE/Getty)
The following is an excerpt from a recent Steve Aschburner column on NBA.com. To read the full article, click here.




Everyone's a critic on Oscars night, but Golden State forward Ronny Turiaf doesn't begin or end there.

Like a lot of his NBA peers, Turiaf watches and enjoys many motion pictures, either in theaters, at home via DVD or on his laptop through an account that enables him to pack a multiplex on those six-game Eastern Conference road trips. Unlike a lot of his NBA peers, though, Turiaf then channels his inner Siskel & Ebert to share his views in video reviews that are posted on warriors.com.

I interviewed Turiaf recently and got him to go out on a limb with his Oscars predictions:

NBA.com: So these movie reviews are a real labor of love for you?

Ronny Turiaf: I really, honestly love movies. I watch movies every night before I go to sleep. Ever since I first came to America and was in college, I used to love to go to Hollywood Video and buy the already-viewed DVDs. Now I have a Netflix account. I probably watch a movie every single night.

NBA.com: How big is your movie library?

RT: Man, I think I probably have close to 550 DVDs. The thing is, I have so many of them, so many cases, that I have to buy the CD "magazines" to hold them, because I don't have enough space for them in my two-bedroom apartment in L.A.

NBA.com: If you're watching movies right before bed, are there certain kinds you don't want to see then? You know, the ones that might keep you awake?

RT: There's no problem whatsoever. It depends on what mood I'm in. If I see a good cover of the DVD and I like it, I'll watch it. If I'm in the mood for suspense, I'll watch suspense. Lately I've been in the mood for action. I just watched two days ago a Clint Eastwood movie called Firefox. That was pretty cool -- a little long. Last night I watched an old [Chinese] movie called Election about two triad members who are trying to get elected [boss]. It was pretty cool, too.

READ ENTIRE Q&A ON NBA.COM



Thursday, February 4 (12:41 p.m.)

Once A Zag, Always A Zag

Ronny Turiaf's love of Gonzaga has not waned since joining the NBA. (photo: Doug Pensinger/NBAE/Getty)
Last month I had a chance to see my team – the Gonzaga Bulldogs – play in the Bay Area against St. Mary’s and Santa Clara. It was fantastic.

As I tried to explain to Chris Hunter the other day, I have blind school spirit. Regardless of who they are playing, how they’re playing, or what’s going on, I will always root for my school. Gonzaga is a very special place for me. I would have never spent four years somewhere, especially somewhere cold, if I did not appreciate what I had there. Everything about the school, and how the people treated me there, it was truly an amazing experience. So following them closely now is my way of showing them support and my way of giving back to them. Last year before the Santa Clara game, I had the team over to my house for dinner and it was a great experience.

Gonzaga is a really special place for me and regardless of what they ask me to do, I will always try to do whatever I can to help the school out. I especially want to show the kids that once you are a Zag, you are always a Zag. We may not be as big as a lot of the other schools, but I know that I can count on every single one of my old teammates, coaches and everyone else to always be there for me in case something ever happens. My heart surgery in 2005 was a prime example of all those people sticking beside me and I will never forget that.

When I was in L.A., I would go see them as much as I could. I’d go to the games at Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, drive all the way to San Diego to go see them. And now that I’m in the Bay Area, I always try to go see them play at USF, St. Mary’s and Santa Clara. This season I got to see the games at St. Mary’s and at Santa Clara.

It’s funny when I go to the games here in the Bay Area. The fans at the other schools always try to get on me, and give me a bad time. I think they have nightmares about Ronny Turiaf in a Gonzaga uniform … But in all seriousness, they always start by going CRAZY on me and just trying to get under my skin. But little do they know, I enjoy that, and I’m never going to back down from someone trying to get under my skin and I am going to try and get under their skin as well.

When I went to the game at St. Mary’s last month, it was crazy. I had just walked into the gym with my mom and dad, and there was a guy behind us who was going BANANAS. And I’m not saying anything…my mom is there, my dad is there, so I can’t really say anything. So I told him “Dude, just relax … my mom is here. We can talk after the game when my mom is not here.” And he just kept going on, and on, and on, and on. So finally, after about 10 minutes into the game, I just turned around and told him to look at the scoreboard. I did it gently, but just told him to look at the boxscore. And I think that calmed him down a little bit. HA!

After the game, it was funny, he was like “Thanks Ronny. Thanks for what you do for the Warriors.” I was laughing and all I could say was “You’re welcome.” I mean for two hours he was going crazy on me because I was from Gonzaga, but it was all good. The fans in the WCC are all great. And they ALL want to beat Gonzaga. It makes the games great because we get everyone’s best shot, every time.

COACHES VS. CANCER DAY AT GONZAGA – FEBRUARY 4, 2010
Like I said, Gonzaga is VERY special to me. I have two of my very best friends that are still involved with the team up there. Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd is like a second dad to me and my college roommate, Brian Michaelson, is still involved with the Zags too. I still talk to him through text every single day and he checks up on me every day to see how I am doing. Last week when the Zags where in town, Brian and I filmed a quick video that they will show back in Spokane to help promote Coaches vs. Cancer – which is a great nationwide organization that joins the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.



Today is Coaches vs. Cancer Day at Gonzaga and I will be rocking my “I BELIEVE” T-shirt to help fight cancer. You can get a shirt for yourself and get more information about Coaches vs. Cancer at www.cvctee.com.

Thanks fans, for all of your continued support and for checking back in with my blog. I’m sorry it has been so long since my last post, but I promise not to keep you waiting so long again!



Monday, January 18 (4:31 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Movie Time Video



Monday, January 4 (2:12 p.m.)

Warriors Weekly Movie Time Video



Tuesday, April 14 (4:33 p.m.)

Season-Ending Blog – But Not My Last Blog

Ronny has been keeping an eye out for his 'little brothers' a lot lately. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Hello everyone – I’m back for the final blog of the season. I’ve enjoyed doing this blog, and hopefully you have enjoyed reading it! Well, we have one more game left in the season tomorrow at Phoenix. As you know we’ve been playing shorthanded as of late because of our injuries…I think we’ve only had seven or eight players in the last 10 or so games. It’s been difficult for us to play with so few guys, but I think we’ve done a good job playing together, sharing the ball, moving the ball from side-to-side and everyone has been getting opportunities to showcase their talents and their skills. I think that’s a good thing for us, and in the long term I think it’s going to be very valuable for the organization.

I have kind of a big brother type of attitude right now. Those guys sometimes need a little boost, because they’re young. They’re tired right now because they’ve been practicing extra for most of the season – playing 2-on-2, 3-on-3, 4-on-4 after our regular practices – so I’m pretty sure they are tired right now. So my job, as a veteran, and as a guy who has excess energy, is pretty much to just try to pick them up and to help them get to that other level where they can reach down inside and get that adrenaline to help them play better.

We’ve had some great wins lately. Against New Orleans, we were out there and everyone was looking at us funny, like ‘how many guys do you even have playing’ but we were like ‘yeah – this is what we got, so let’s just go out there and ball.’ To be able to go out there and beat a New Orleans team, at ORACLE, in front of our home fans, I think it showed them that regardless of how this season has been going, we are still trying to win each and every one of the games. We are competitors, we want to have a good time and have success…for ourselves and also for the community. It was a tough, hard-nosed battle and we took a big shot by Chris Paul scoring 43 points on us, but we weathered the storm and battled through it. The young guys can definitely feel proud of themselves for just sticking with it and just battling with a team that is going to be playing in the playoffs.

Ronny had the chance to get up close and personal with fans at the Season Ticket Holder BBQ. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
That same night, against New Orleans, we had our Season Ticket Holder BBQ before the game. All you fans should know by now that I am superstitious, so I was a little anxious about it because it would be messing up my regular pregame routine. But once I saw all the fans out there, cheering my name and chanting and asking all those cool questions, it actually turned out the opposite of what I expected. I was so surprised to see all those people out there – if you remember is was cold and windy that day. Those are the true Warrior fans. To everybody that was out there, I want to give you a high five, because that’s true love right there. And I actually had a pretty good game that day, so I think it helped me. Maybe we should do it every game!!

There was also our win at Utah. That was an awesome game. That was one of the games that I’ve had the most fun in the entire season. I was talking to Andris about it yesterday, that at one point during the game we had Anthony Randolph playing the point guard, Anthony Morrow playing the “2”, Rob Kurz guarding Kyle Korver, myself playing defense against Carlos Boozer and Andris playing the “5” against Mehmet Okur. It was quite interesting…and it was fun because we were just out there having a good time even though we were undermanned. I am a big fan of the television show called “Lost” and the story is about the Oceanic Six. I call all of us the Oceanic Seven, plus the Lucky Charm, Marco Belinelli. So we were all having a good time and calling each other Oceanic Seven, the Super 7 and all of that.

What can I say about C.J.Watson??? To put it lightly, he was out there bustin’ people’s butts. 38 points!!! It was fun to see him like that. I am going to put him on blast right now, but I have to let you know that at halftime he was looking at me and was like “Ronny, I’m tired…I don’t know…” I looked at him and – I’ll clean this up a little bit – I had a little pep talk with him. I told him that he wants minutes, and he played 48 the night before and I think it would be a great accomplishment to play 48 two nights in a row. I told him to think about his little daughter and his family and just go out there and ball. And he went out and had a great second half and he pretty much carried us throughout the whole game. He was hitting tough shot after tough shot. That’s what amazes me about the game of basketball. Everyone was just sharing the basketball and having a good time and look what happened. C.J. had 38 and Rob Kurz was hitting fade-aways in the corner and stuff like that.

Like I told Robby - and I’m going to say this as bluntly and honestly as I can - Robby is a true NBA player when he plays assertive. When he doesn’t play assertive, he’s making mistakes and he doesn’t look good out there on the basketball court. So that’s why I am ALWAYS on him and I do not give him one inch of freedom, because I know how good he can be. For a guy who can shoot the ball like him, and be at the right spot at the right time and work as hard as he does on the basketball court – to be a great shooter and for him not to take those shots is hurting the team. And I tell him that all the time. It was good to see him going out there and just balling…having a good time and pounding his chest and all that. That’s the side of Rob that I wish I could see more often. I think that game was the perfect time for him because it’s been a tough season for him, up-and-down as a rookie, and I think that game will give him the confidence that he needed to realize that he belongs in the NBA. If he wants it, he can have a nice little career for himself and I will be right there with him throughout his career to help him stay focused because he has a chance to be very good. I hope he knows that, and if not, I guarantee you that I am going to keep reminding him, that’s for sure.

Alvin Attles presented Turiaf with the Angela & Christopher Cohan Community Service Award on April 13. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
At our final home game yesterday, all I can say is that we kind of got punched in the chin by San Antonio pretty well. But they are a well coached team and played very well.

Before the game I was presented with the Angela & Christopher Cohan Community Service Award. For me, that is a great accomplishment. I take such pride in going out there in the community and just helping people. To be rewarded for that in my first season in a new organization in a new city definitely feels good to me. I want to thank Angela and Mr. Cohan for recognizing me for this award.

It makes me feel even better about the community stuff that I do. Not that I do it for the publicity or the recognition, but it is nice that we, as athletes, are being recognized for things beyond the game. We are not all about the popularity and being a sports figure and all that stuff. We really like to give back to the community because, realistically, most of us come from places where we were not given much. So it makes us feel good, as human beings, to give back to our community.

I have to tell you about my trip to the Giants game last week. I got tickets to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers, and I have to tell you that it was the best experience that I’ve had so far at a baseball game.

Ronny took this picture from his seats at the Giants game.
It was raining, the weather wasn’t very cool, but I think myself and the fans around me – my section – we made a good time out of it. It was a great game…they won and I had a good time. I was in the stands going crazy, making up chants and having a good time. I was trying to make-up nicknames for all the players. One that I found was Mr. Clutch, for Bengie Molina. Hopefully I can get my own section – the Ronny Turiaf corner or something. I am thinking about writing a book with all kinds of songs and lyrics, and nicknames…stuff like that. It would be a cool section. I can’t be behind home plate because I would be distracting to all the people, because I like to get loud when I go to games. But my section, 127, I think is perfect. They were cool people and we had a good time. Now I want to meet the players, maybe go on the field or something!

I think I can hit a baseball. They used to call me “Ichironi” back at Gonzaga for my softball team because I used to get singles all the time. Get on base baby, that’s what I do. Get on base. You need players like that, you know what I mean? You need players like that, so the big dog can come after me and take me home. Bengie would take me home. In the field…you don’t really want me out there. I’m a DH. Maybe a utility guy. I need assistance when I want to play in the field because that’s not my cup of tea. But to get on base, I’m pretty good at that.

My summer plans are pretty much up in the air. All I know for now is that I have to report for my National Team duties on July 14, and that’s if I’m still healthy because I can’t jeopardize next season – so we’ll see what happens. If I do play, we will be playing against Italy…and Marco is going to be playing for his National Team. Between Marco and I, somebody is not going to be playing in the European Championship. So…..I would like to apologize in advance because I think Marco is going to be the guy that’s not going to go. So we might have some tension within the Golden State Warriors team. We’re going to need the fans to help us not get on each other, because we might try to fight each other….nah, just playing!

After that, I have plans to maybe go on a Safari with my best friend Boris Diaw. Hopefully I come back alive and not get eaten by a lion or stepped on by an elephant or chased by a giraffe. And hopefully I can go to Cabo with Boris as well because we have not had any time to hang out.

I also hope to go home to the Caribbean. I have to go see my grandma because I need to spend some time with her. We have plans. As a matter of fact, I just got done talking to my dad a couple days ago, and my plan is to buy the family house and renovate it for my grandmother. I want to put new stuff in the house and make it look good so that she can have the house all by herself and she can just relax. She is living in Fort de France right now with my auntie and six kids and she can’t be around those kids all the time. So that’s my summer project. I got to take care of the whole house and everything so that she can just go and relax and take care of herself. The family house is in Vauclin. That’s where I lived when I was four, five and six years old. That’s where I lived before my parents got separated. That’s the last house that I remember my dad and mom being together in, so it has some sentimental value to me.

As he exits his first season as a Warrior, Ronny Turiaf has definitely become a Bay Area fan favorite. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
I also have big plans to go see some soccer matches. One of my best friends is Thierry Henry, the striker for FC Barcelona. In fact, he’s got a game coming up and I sent him good luck and we talked a little bit this morning. I am hopefully going to see his game on May 2 against Real Madrid and hopefully I can go spend a couple weeks with him and just watch soccer games. The only game that I’ve seen live was the France vs. Italy World Cup Final a few years ago. France lost, so hopefully I can be better luck for Barcelona when I go there and see a couple goals and have a good time.

So it looks like it will be a busy summer. My hope is to keep you guys posted of what’s going on and hopefully, like I’ve done before, send you pictures of where I have been. I sent you pictures from the Thrashers game earlier this year, and now you have my picture from the Giants game. With my Blackberry and IPhone, I think I am pretty well equipped to keep you posted and show you what I’m doing.

Before I go, I just want to say THANK YOU to the fans for your continued support. I know it has been a tough season and we didn’t have as good of a result as you guys would have wanted, but with your support we still battled and hung in there, and I think we have a lot to look forward to for next year. Hopefully we’ll see you all again next year because we need you!

Friday, March 20 (11:29 a.m.)

Answering Your Questions

Hey everybody. As promised, I decided to answer some of the questions that you sent to me over the last couple weeks. Thank you for sending them in. I had a good time answering everything. If you have any more questions for me, remember to keep sending them! You can watch my answers to the first batch of questions below (including one in French).

Again, I may not be able to get to all of your questions, but I will try to answer as many as I can. So please, send your questions to TuriafQuestions@gs-warriors.com. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Thanks for reading!

Ronny



Wednesday, March 4 (3:12 p.m.)

Getting Caught Up On Everything On And Off The Court

Ronny was certainly a happy man after spending some quality time with his parents recently. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Hey everyone – sorry it has been so long since I updated this blog! I have been so busy both with basketball and my personal life that I have not had time to do new posts. I promise not to wait so long before my next post. I really want this blog to be a way for me to interact with fans and I will tell you more about that a little later.

First off, let me get you caught up on what has been going on in my life since my last blog. Most importantly, I had both of my parents staying with me in Oakland. That was really great for me because I am a big family guy. As you know, my mom has been here for a while, and for my dad to be able to take some time off from his busy schedule back home and come stay with us was pretty cool. To be able to spend some quality time, just the three of us, reminiscing about the old times and my childhood, that’s pretty cool. We did so much stuff while my dad was here. Just me and my dad playing in the backyard with the dog, that’s what makes us happy. Going to San Francisco and watching my dad checking out the bridges and the architecture of all the buildings, that was fun. My dad, he’s in to all that stuff…he’s pretty weird like that.

I have had the opportunity to go to a few Gonzaga basketball games in the Bay Area. I bleed Gonzaga basketball, so whenever I get the chance to go see them, I try to take time away from my schedule and do that. I just like to be there and support those guys because I know how much they care about the program and I want them to know that once you are in the program you are a Zag For Life. I am very proud of the choice that I made to go to school there, and hopefully I will get the chance to go and see them on Sunday when we come back from this road trip at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.

The WCC Tournament, regardless of what people think, is tough because all the teams in the conference play very hard and they all want to beat Gonzaga. So those games are usually really tough, grinding games and they’re going to have to stay focused and play together. As far as the NCAA Tournament, I feel Gonzaga has their own destiny in their hands. If they want to play tough, physical basketball they have a chance to go pretty far. And if they don’t, they’re going to be out early like they were last year.

Hopefully everyone got a chance to see the behind-the-scenes video that was shot at my house for the Warriors Weekly TV show. If not, you can check it out below. Basically you’ll get to see me at home, relaxed and where I am most comfortable.

It was difficult for me at first to make the transition from Los Angeles to Oakland because I was here all by myself and I didn’t have a regular place to relax because I was living in a hotel. On the video you will see that I am just a regular dude and see where I am happiest just hanging out. I liked doing the shoot because whenever people start to show interest in who you are, you have to welcome the opportunity to show the fans where I am comfortable, where I am. Hopefully they will see and understand that just like everyone else, you have little stuff at your house that makes you happy. We might be athletes and public figures, but we are really just like everyone else.

One of the constants throughout Ronny's NBA career has been his undying love for his dog Nina.
Another thing people will see on the video is my Nina. That’s my baby. I got her at a shelter on Crenshaw in Los Angeles. I went there and adopted her during my rookie season. She is about to be six years old. April 14th, I think is her birthday. She’s been with me since I was in the NBA – she was with me when I was a second-round draft pick and she is with me now that I am in Golden State. She keeps me happy. Whenever I don’t feel good, I come home and she is so happy to see me and she jumps all over me. I think she is getting me ready right now for when I become a father because I have to take care of her all the time. She’s a lot of work, but that smile on her face and her pretty eyes make my happy.

One thing that we didn’t show on the video because I don’t have it unpacked yet is my memorabilia collection. I have a lot of basketball stuff at my house. Hopefully someday I will have a room where I have all the shoes and jerseys displayed in glass cases. I have so much stuff from tons of players like Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, Kobe, Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Elton Brand…I mean the list keeps on going. Whenever I am old, I can show my kids, “Look, that’s the actual shoe that this guy wore when your dad played against him.” I think it’s pretty cool. When we were in Phoenix last month, Shaq gave me the shoes he wore in that game. His shoes are by far the craziest thing I have in my collection. I mean I have played many times against Shaq and I try to hold my own…and I think I do a good job. But when you see these shoes and realize that this man has such big feet, you realize how big he really is. It is amazing. And besides, he stepped on my toe and gave me a little bit of turf toe, so I think he sent me the shoes as a “sorry” gift.

On the court, I got a chance to start for a little while Andris was injured, and for me, that’s been the story of my life. When guys have gotten hurt I have got the opportunity to produce and showcase my skills and I’ve done a good job of that. Of course it feels good when you’re asked to step up to the plate and you have to hit a home run or at least put the ball in play and you come through. But my mindset was pretty much to try and hold the fort down for Goose because I know the situation. I know that Goose is the starting center for this basketball club for the next six, seven or 10 years and my goal is pretty much to play alongside of him. He knows that and I know that he wants me to play alongside of him, because we really have a fun time playing together. I was happy to play heavy minutes and have a good time with the guys, but I know what my spot is and what is expected of me. But everyone once in a while, it is good to show people that, if given more of an opportunity, that I can produce more. Just give them a little sneak preview of what you can do.

Throughout this season, Ronny has been a mentor for the Warriors' younger players like Anthony Randolph. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
I’ve also enjoyed playing alongside of Anthony Randolph lately. When him and I play together, it’s a block party. We always tell that to each other and it’s very fun. That little kid has potential…he has his destiny in his own hands. If he keeps working hard, staying focused and keep staying coachable the way he has been, he is going to be a presence in the league for a long time. But it’s going to be on him to decide who, and what kind of player, he wants to be. He has all the tools necessary to become one of the great ones, and as a guy who has been around basketball for a long time I am just trying to help him get to that level and help him understand what I’ve been through and the difficulties I’ve encountered in my career. I want to try and be there for him…if he wants me to be there for him. I would never impose myself on one of my teammates. So with him, it’s whenever he gives me the eyes like “Come on bro, you’re supposed to tell me something right now,” I will go over and get him to the side and talk about stuff. I am very happy for him because I know he cares so much about that game of basketball and his production on the court, so I’m happy he’s playing good right now.

Hopefully everyone saw his monster dunk in the Utah game last week. If not, it’s at about the 1:20 mark of this video. People told me that I was more excited about it than he was. That’s just the way I play, I would rather make a great pass than score the ball. That’s what I always tell the guys, “Come on guys, keep moving,” because I have a high basketball IQ and I can see stuff and make plays. So I always tell Anthony, when you are in the game, keep cutting and going to basket and I am going to find you. So the other night the ball came to me and I had the opportunity to shoot and I just saw him cutting to the basket with these big eyes like “come on, come on, come on.” I said OK, and just gave him a quick little no-look pass and I was like “please dunk it” and he threw it down hard. I wasn’t feeling very well that night and was kind of quiet up until that point in the game, but once he did that I was so happy I just had to scream a few times as I was running back on defense…it was really cool.

So there you have it, that’s a quick catch-up on my life. Now, back to what I said earlier about making this blog more interactive for the fans. We have set-up an e-mail address for fans to e-mail me questions that I will answer on this blog. I may not be able to get to all the questions, but I will try to answer them every now and then. So please, send your questions to TuriafQuestions@gs-warriors.com. I am open to any questions, but please don’t be too silly! I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Thanks for reading!

Ronny

Tuesday, December 23 (11:29 a.m.)

Keeping Busy And Looking Forward To Christmas

Ronny Turiaf and the Warriors will return home following their game at Miami tonight.
Hey everyone – I’m back. Today is the last day of our five-game road trip and it has been a very long trip. We have been gone for a week and have a long flight home to look forward to this evening after playing Miami. I have been passing the time on this trip by watching lots of Mangas cartoons. They are like Japanese animation cartoons. Right now I am watching Basilisk and I spend lots of time in the room on my computer watching that stuff. It keeps me sane and helps the time go by while we’re on the road.

So I have to tell you about a couple of very cool experiences I have had on this road trip. First off, I went to my first ever hockey game. On our off-day in Atlanta, I went down to the lobby in the morning to head out for practice and I saw a bunch of stocky, 5’10’’ – 5’11’’ guys walking around the lobby. Then I recognized one guy and I was like “wow, I think that’s Sidney Crosby” of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I was star struck kind of, you know. He was around 15 of his friends, so I didn’t want to put him on blast and have all of them jump on me because they thought I was trying to attack him or something, so I just let it go.

A couple hours later I was in the elevator and I met Matt Cooke, #24 for the Penguins. Meeting him and talking to him was what really sparked my interest to really go to the game. He said I should come check it out and watch out for him….so I decided to go.

Ronny took this picture with his phone at the Thrashers-Penguins game.
The game itself was really cool. I went with a member of our staff. My friend Robby Kurz flunked out on me, which was not cool, but that’s OK. The game was still very cool. It was a really fast paced game. My seat wasn’t too high, wasn’t too low. I could see the whole rink from where I was sitting. Later I got a chance to go down really close to the ice and that was great. I want to say thank you very much to the people at the Atlanta Thrashers for giving me those tickets. It was my first hockey game and it was really fun.

The second thing I have to tell you about was my trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. You have to understand that I am a big Universal Studios fan. One of my friends in LA worked at Universal, and through her I was able to buy tickets to go to the studios in Los Angeles. I went there all the time with my family members and my close friends. I really started to get into it…I used to go before they had the big fire down there so I got to see the movie set from King Kong and all that stuff. From that point on, I was trying to buy as many tickets as I could to go there on our days off.

When I heard that the Universal Studios in Orlando is way bigger than the one in Los Angeles, I thought that I had to try it out. I went at 3 o’clock in the afternoon once our practice was over and it was a great experience. But I must tell you, I am not doing any more rides or roller coasters for a while, because that was pretty scary. When I got there, I started with the Incredible Hulk ride, which is like the craziest one ever. That set the tone really high for the rest of the night. I did some pretty cool ones, like the Simpsons Ride. The Dueling Dragon was another one that I did, and just thinking about it is giving me a headache and I start to get a little dizzy. I’m off roller coasters for a long while. I was giving my friends the play-by-play of how my day was going at the park, and I told them that I’m done…I’m really done. Those rides messed me up big time.

I’m really looking forward to getting back home because my mom and little sister are coming to town for Christmas. Unfortunately I am not going to be able to have as big of a Christmas party as I had last year, because my dad, all my other sisters, my auntie, my grandma, some friends from back home cannot make it. That puts a little sad note on my holiday spirit, but on the other hand I get to spend a lot of time with my mom and my sister and a couple close friends of mine, so it’s going to be cool. I can’t wait to get back home and hopefully decorate a little bit. Maybe hang up some Christmas lights…just a little bit but not too much because I am not a very big fan of putting a lot of Christmas lights outside. I was driving through Oakland a couple days before we left for the trip and I saw some white Christmas trees…so I think I am going to get that. I think I am going to get myself a nice size white Christmas tree, which should look really cool in my house.

So that’s it for now, I look forward to getting back home and seeing everyone. Before I go, I’d like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday!!!!

Friday, November 21 (9:18 a.m.)

Finding A Home On And Off The Court

Ronny Turiaf ranks seventh in the NBA with 2.0 blocks per game. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Hey there, I'm back with my second blog. Lots has happened since my last post, so I'll try to catch you up with everything. Right now is such an exciting time for me, for a lot of reasons.

First off, let me talk about the season thus far. I think regardless of what our record shows, the season has been real good so far. Most importantly, I think that we have shown that we have a tremendous amount of fight within our team. We are trying to deal with some adversity because we are missing some important pieces to our team, with Monta being out and Corey missing a few games. We are still trying to find our identity and we've done that the last couple games.

The emergence of Anthony Morrow has been a very pleasant surprise…for me. I am not sure what everyone else thinks or expected from him but, from my personal experience, it is really fun to be out there with him because he is so intense. He has that thirst to score so much, the will to put the ball in the basket.

Overall things are going pretty good. We've played really good the last couple games. We have a lot of stuff to work on, and we know that, but it's getting better. Personally, I am still in the process of trying to find my way, within the team, coming from a different style of play where I was last year. But I am mainly focusing right now on the things that I do good - which is rebound and block shots. I must be doing a real good job as far as blocking shots because my teammates know that I am back there protecting the paint. I pride myself in doing that.

Apparently the fans really appreciate my defense too. I did not notice it until the last game against Portland. When I blocked Greg Oden's shot, I heard the crowd and realized that they were cheering for my defense and my effort. I was very surprised and felt like I was full of joy…I seriously did. As a basketball player you are always trying to do the best that you can in order to help the team win basketball games. After I got those two blocked shots I think it helped set the tone because we were behind at the time and I kind of felt like I helped uplift the team's spirit. I heard the crowd, it was really loud, and it made me feel really good. I will try to just keep on doing that because I take a lot of pride in blocking guys' shots.

And as far as offense goes, whenever I get the opportunity to score I will do it, but I am not going to be the guy who is forcing shots. I'll be the guy who facilitates the offense and makes sure everyone is happy.

Away from the court, it has been a real exciting time. It has been a stressful 48 hours, and let me tell you why. Two days ago I finally got the keys to my new home in the Oakland Hills. I have been busy talking to the movers and making sure they put all the boxes in the right spots. Setting up my bed and my TVs and all that stuff, it has been very stressful.

It is also something that I take real pleasure in because this house is like a dream come true. I have always wanted to have a home where I could provide a family environment in my house for my family. In my small little two-bedroom apartment in L.A. last year, my family was sleeping on couches and everywhere when they came to visit. Now I will be able to provide for my big family when they come for Christmas. They are all going to have a nice place to sleep because I have rooms and beds set-up for them.

It sucks right now because I am by myself in the house, but it's ok. It's an empty house but hopefully within the next couple weeks my family is going to be there. But like I said, this is a dream house for me. It took me a long time to find this place, but I consider it worth the wait. I am the type of guy that goes along with my feelings…If I don't feel it, I'm not going to go with it. That's how it was while I was house shopping. I waited as long as I could until I found the place that gave me the feeling like I was at home. I stayed at the hotel here by the facility for two months and finally I found my home. And when I finally got my keys and went to spend my first night in the house, I was like 'Yo, this is my house!' It was such an amazing feeling.

That’s not all that has been keeping me busy. I recently launched my own Web site – www.ronnyturiaf.fr. It is just in the beginning stages right now, just the nuts and bolts, but we will keep adding new stuff, hopefully lots of videos, pictures and other cool things. I have always wanted to have my own Web site ever since I was a teenager. My first three years in the NBA, I wanted to do it but I didn’t think the timing was right. But now, having just changed teams and now being known in both Northern and Southern California, I think now is the perfect time. It will be a great way for me to connect with my fans, not only in California and in Spokane, but also a way for me to keep in touch with my fans and friends in Martinique and France. It is tough to reach out to them as much as I would like, but through the Web site I can communicate with them more often. I hope to have tons of videos and photos on there to keep people up to date with what is going on with me. It’s up and running now, in both French and English, and it is still a work in progress but we’ll keep adding to it. Just know that I really keep tabs on what is on there every day, so check it out.

Ronny was honored that Larry King invited him to the 20th Anniversary of King's charitable foundation.
What else? Oh yeah, I have to tell you about what happened this past weekend. About a month ago I got an e-mail from my publicist telling me that Larry King has invited me to the 20th Anniversary of his charitable foundation. I was like, "WOW…Larry King invited me? That's pretty cool." He just asked me to attend and talk about my personal story of overcoming my heart problem. I was very honored to be invited to such a big event and got to spend time with Larry and Drew Carey and other celebrities, while also helping raise awareness and money for heart health.

Obviously heart health issues are very important to me because of my past experience, and I am trying to do whatever I can to help raise awareness. Soon, I will be launching my own foundation called Ronny Turiaf's Heart To Heart. Through this foundation we will help raise money for heart health and also provide EKG's for children who do not have health insurance and can't afford the care they need. I know what it is like to need medical care for your heart and not have any money, because when my situation was discovered I was just out of college and could not pay for the surgery. I was fortunate enough that some people came to my aid, and now I am in a position where I can do the same thing for children who need heart care and cannot afford it.

Hopefully, you guys all saw the pictures of the Thanksgiving event that we did on Wednesday where we passed out food for Thanksgiving to 300 families. The event was very cool. It was a very uplifting event to see all those people smile. It was a great opportunity for us, as athletes, to help make someone's day better. When we were growing up, a lot of us came from environments where we didn't have very much, and people were doing the same thing for us. When they would help us, I mean our day just got better when we saw people helping us out. And to be able to do that for someone else is a great thing.

Ronny had a good time with his teammates and the community at Wednesday's Thanksgiving meal serving. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
We could tell that the people were very happy. We signed autographs, took pictures and had a really good time. I was at the station where my job was to pass out boxes that had everything except the turkey in it…it had the pumpkin pie, brownies and all that stuff. I have kind of a sweet tooth so I was telling the kids that if they didn't want their pie or brownies that I would come over and help them out with it. The people were like, "Hey, you're cool dude," and I was like, "Um, OK…but I'm not trying to be cool. I'm really talking about let's go eat that apple pie." It was really funny.

After tonight's game vs. Chicago, we are going to head out on a long roadtrip. Our goal on this trip is to just to go out there and perform on a nightly basis because these trips are when it gets tough. But this is also an opportunity for our team to get better and to grow as a team. When you go on the road and find yourself in tough situations and tough environments and still dig out a win…that's when you grow as a team. This is going to be the perfect test for us right now because we have played really good the past couple games and now it's a chance to step into somebody's arena and get a W. Also, it will be a time to hang out together, have dinners together, spend Thanksgiving together and enjoy ourselves as a team.

I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. My simple message to you all is to be happy that you are alive today. Enjoy yourself to the fullest until the wheels fall off!

Thanks for reading and for continuing to cheer us on!

Ronny

Friday, October 17 (6:44 a.m.)

Greetings From Beijing

Ronny Turiaf looks forward to taking the next step of his basketball career with the Warriors. (photo: Andrew Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
Hey Fans - it's me Ronny and this is my first blog for warriors.com. I look forward to sharing my stories with you throughout the season.

First off, I want to thank all the fans for being so kind to me since joining the Warriors. I am very excited about my new team. It is a wonderful opportunity to join a first-class organization like the Warriors. So far I've noticed that they do a great job of taking care of the players and making sure that everything is perfect - from the top-of-the-line training room to the personalized food court that they provide during training camp, I thought it was awesome. The set-up at the practice facility allows everybody to be closer and create that team bonding because even when everyone is tired after practice, we still like to relax in the players lounge and relax together.

The people of the Bay Area have been great. They recognize me on the streets and tell me how happy they are that I am coming to join THEIR team. Everyone has been very warm and welcoming…and I love it. It feels good to feel welcome.

On the court, basketball wise, this is a great opportunity for me. It's fun. It's also a great challenge to fit into a system where I am just trying to fit in and not step on anybody's toes.

We have a great group of guys here, the team chemistry is great. We have veteran leaders like Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington. They are the voices of the locker room and they make sure everyone is on the same page. They are always joking around, but also making sure that everyone is playing hard. What is so neat about this team is that it is such a fun environment to get your job done.

I really enjoy playing with my fellow center, Andris. I like it because every time we play against each other we just play hard. I respect him for what he brings to this team. I respect the fact that he is a guy who will give his body up for his team and that he is going to do whatever he can to help his team win a basketball game - he's never going to complain about touches or complain about anything. I think he respects me on the same level because I am all about winning and doing anything I can to help the team win. I think that he is somebody that by being here I can make him a better basketball player and he can make me better as well. Even though we play the same position, ultimately we are on the team together. He and I have to be the center on this team and we have to be able to block shots, rebound, score at a high percentage and we can do that.

Andris is a great guy too. He's very laid back, but not always as quiet as everyone thinks. He's a jokester and we have a good time. I really appreciate the fact that he has made the transition for me to this new team very easy.

Turiaf had plenty of time to catch up on his reading during the long flight to China. (photo: Andrew Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
Right now we are on our China trip. It took so long to get here and it has been very challenging, going from appearances to practices to more appearances and to games, but it is all good. We are happy to do whatever we can to help globalize the NBA because ultimately we know that it is going to help us as players in the long run. I haven't had too much time to see too much, but I am very, very, very excited to go see the Great Wall today. That is something that I have always wanted to do. I have seen the Taj Mahal in India, the canals of Venice, the leaning tower, the Eiffel Tower and now the Great Wall. I've been to something like 37 countries so far and seen so many great things, but I am really looking forward to climbing those stairs and also seeing the old men selling the cola on the side of the wall. I can't wait to see it.

I have to tell you that yesterday at practice I got to see my man Kareem Abdul Jabaar. He has been a great force behind a lot of my success. He is not the type of guy that is going to speak his mind about your game too much…unless you want him to. When I was in Los Angeles, he would sit on the sideline and watch how I play - he could tell I was struggling and trying to pass the ball too much at certain times. He really helped me gain faith in myself and confidence in myself. He always worked on the Mikan drill with me before practice and he would always tell me: "Ronny, I know you are a great passer, but I want you to be able to score the ball and create fouls after you get offensive rebounds."

I remember last year during the playoffs against the Spurs, I got an offensive rebound and my first thought was to pass it, but then I remembered what he said so I went up and dunked the ball with Tim Duncan right next to me. After the play, I was pointing at him because we were just talking about doing that on the morning of the game. He said "Ronny, tonight, you are not passing the ball if you get an offensive rebound."

While in China, Turiaf has had the chance to re-connect with his mentor Kareem Abdul Jabaar. (photo: Andrew Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
Kareem is a guy who was always there for me and whenever I was down I could always go to him and he would be that voice of reason. I can say that I am friends with Kareem Abdul Jabaar and that is pretty neat.

Thanks again to all the fans for welcoming me to Golden State. I am very thankful for the fact that I have gone from one first-class organization, in the Lakers, to another one. Our team is going to give everything we have to win games this season and the fans have to understand that whenever we get in a jam and things are going well…we hear you screaming for us and this helps us raise our game to another level that maybe we would not have reached without them. So PLEASE keep up the great support at ORACLE Arena because it helps us so much.

Oh yeah, one more thing for the fans. Please don't get mad at me if I pass up a wide-open layup for a three pointer…because that is going to happen a lot this year. If they don't get mad at me and Coach Nelson doesn't get mad at me, that will be a great thing.

Thanks for reading and I will see you back in the Bay.



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