Injuries, Minnesota Timberwolves

Ronny Turiaf out for remainder of 2014-15 season following hip surgery

Last night, Ronny Turiaf posted the above photo and (apparently original) poem on Instagram, this morning, he had successful surgery on his right hip, and this afternoon, the Timberwolves announced the 10th-year pro out of Gonzaga will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 NBA season.

Drafted in the second round (37th overall pick) of the 2005 Draft, Turiaf spent time with the Lakers, Warriors, Knicks, Wizards, Heat and Clippers before signing a 2 year, $2 million free agent deal with the Timberwolves prior to 2013-14. He missed a large chunk of last year following a freak elbow injury that occurred against the Thunder on November 1st; in 33 total appearances with Minnesota, Ronny averaged 4.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 18.5 minutes per game. 

His best statistical season probably came in 2008-09 with Golden State, when he averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 blocks in 79 games (26 starts). Turiaf was a role player for the Lakers during their 2007-08 run to the NBA Finals and started 7 playoff games for the 2011-12 NBA Champion Miami Heat.

As a solid defender and willing passer out of the post, Turiaf has functioned best as a quality role player on good teams. With the Timberwolves, he seemed to embrace his role as a mentor; he spent time in Santa Monica this offseason with Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad as the trio endured “hell weeks” under an ex-Navy SEAL trainer. He seemed particularly invested in the success of Gorgui Dieng, leading loud cheers from the bench as the rookie center broke out in March and April of this year.

If you follow any of the writers of this site on social media, you’re probably familiar with Turiaf’s antics on the bench, which have included (usually friendly) heckling of opposing fans, animated reactions to calls (both good and bad) and tons of helpful chatter when the Wolves are on defense, among other things.It’s tough to say for certain, but based on the interaction I’ve had with Turiaf and being around him in the locker room, it seems like he’d be a great teammate to have.

Given how shorthanded the roster is with all of the team’s injuries, it’s fair to speculate whether the Timberwolves will waive Turiaf in order to sign a point guard, a position without a lot of depth at the moment. Whether he was in uniform or in street clothes, Ronny always provided a lot of levity and joy to the people around him. If he is released, he’ll definitely be missed.

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4 thoughts on “Ronny Turiaf out for remainder of 2014-15 season following hip surgery

  1. It’s too bad he wasn’t able to be consistently healthy for all of the reasons brought up. He was also their best post defender when healthy because he could hold position, protect the rim, and coordinate his teammates on the floor. Some of their best home wins last season (Indy, Memphis) had him in the starting lineup. They have to cut him, and it’s too bad that he’ll probably leave town and not be on the sidelines any more. (Please, Flip, no Heslip, unless you want a Mo Williams who’s worse at running an offense and can’t get his shot off when guarded.)

  2. Never mind on Heslip; they lose the roster exception used to sign Adrien if they cut Turiaf, so they’d probably just sign Adrien for the season to replace him or keep Turiaf on the roster.

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