Ronny Turiaf: “The generation of former players will become a major player in the world of basketball”

A member of the famous Epic Zadar along with Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, as well as former teammate of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Stephen Curry, Ronnie Turiav He has one of the best records in French basketball with the 2012 champion title with the Heat, losing the final in 2009 to the Celtics with the Lakers.

He has been sidelined since 2016, and the former interior is currently in Greece, guest of the Antetokounbros Academy, and has answered many questions about his career, French basketball, and of course… Kobe Bryant. They were more than just teammates, and the Frenchman remembers his first game alongside the late ‘Black Mamba’.

My fondest memories of Kobe are the times I spent away from the basketball courts. We were able to share moments, enjoy cooking and dinner, and have meaningful and deep conversations about life and also about what we were trying to do on the basketball court. He remembers before discussing his first appearance in the NBA. ” I don’t know if we’ll have enough time to talk about Kobe’s impact on me and on a generation of basketball players as well. What I can say is I totally remember, I think it was February 7 or 8, 2006. It was my first game against the Rockets. I remember feeling like I was too slow, and it was going too fast. But what I remember most is that after the match everyone jumped on me in the locker room. They threw Gatorade on me, and they threw talcum powder on me… It was so exciting and they were like, ‘Welcome to the NBA, now you’re officially an NBA player. I remember the enthusiasm of my colleagues and peers and myself. Six months ago, I had to undergo a heart operation. Open.I remember being very happy and very grateful and I think all the effort was worth the experience.Although it only lasted 52 seconds. »

“The journey is more important than the goal”

Heart surgery Immediately after the draw, Ronnie Turiaf never imagined returning to the field so quickly, even playing for the Lakers of the great era.

I never dreamed of becoming the NBA champion. Everything that has happened to me in my football career has been a reward. I almost did that. Maybe my view changed a bit when I went from not being able to play to being able to play again, and I lost the NBA Finals to be able to win the NBA Finals again. We often hear the same thing, people talk to you about the ‘journey’ and tell you that the journey is more important than the goal“.

Never a medal among the seniors despite his 101 picks, he watches French basketball, particularly on its progress, and retrains the players of his generation. They’ve been pioneers on the court, and they’re also leading the way in the post-basketball world.

“There is a desire to return the favor”

What I find most interesting is that I feel that France is at another crossroads in the growth, popularity and development of the sports business.” Concludes. “What Al-Ittihad and the League have done has been a great success. They have tried to combine practices. You have professionals in Europe, abroad in the NBA, with different levels of success. We have Nando de Colo who has achieved great success in Fenerbahce … I think the growth of France and football French basketball can only improve. Because now, the generation of former players will become a key player in the world of basketball. As an investor, like Tony Parker in the academy, or Boris Diaw who participates in the national team. But it is not only about these two, there is also Nicholas Batum who invested with Tony. Ian Mahenmi got involved in North, Nando’s too. We see there is a desire to give back and share the experiences we’ve had around the world. French basketball is ready for a new generation of high-performing players”.

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