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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted February 18, 2009 - 12:44 PM

Ronny Turiaf loved the Lakers as much as his coaches and teammates loved him.

But when Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak called his big man into the office last summer, the day before the deadline to match the Warriors' offer sheet for Turiaf, both already knew it was time for Turiaf to go.

Andrew Bynum was on the mend. The frontcourt was loaded. The Lakers were flirting with the luxury tax.

Kupchak, who had seen Turiaf through his open-heart surgery in 2005, needed only a few minutes of their three-hour conversation to reconfirm what was best for both sides.

"He asked me straight up, 'Ronny, you going to be happy playing maybe six, 10 minutes a game?' Turiaf said Tuesday. "I looked at him and I'm like, 'Mitch, you know I'm a team guy, that's all I care about, but I'd feel like I'd be not happy playing at all.' ...

"I had the opportunity to come to a team where I feel like I'm very, very counted on. And that's the ultimate great feeling for a basketball player to have."


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#2 Kam

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Posted February 18, 2009 - 12:46 PM

He can say that he's happy all he wants. We all know that he would much rather be playing here right now in place of Powell.

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Posted February 18, 2009 - 12:49 PM

And in other news...

JD happy with Turiaf's move from Lakers to Warriors

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Posted February 18, 2009 - 12:49 PM

Im glad he's doing good up there. I loved him when he was here, he was my favorite player. But I knew he wouldnt be getting many minutes in LA.

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Posted February 18, 2009 - 02:24 PM

I may be nailed for this but I'm sorry, I actually like plenty of things Powell has provided more than Turiaf ever did.

Imo, I feel he's a better outside shooter, better rebounder, and a bit tougher. Turiaf imo is still the better shot blocker and slightly better overall defender, though Powell's not too far behind, and one can argue I guess Turiaf is better for chemistry, but that's not saying Powell himself is bad, he's just a different style, more the quite guy get the job done type, but all in all, I love what Powell's been doing for us. What a steal. He's made me forget about Turiaf quite easily, don't know about you guys.

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Posted February 18, 2009 - 03:14 PM

no he's not....ronny still TiVos laker games and watches them with his jersey on





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Posted February 18, 2009 - 06:02 PM

Still missed in LA.
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Posted February 18, 2009 - 06:06 PM

He can say that he's happy all he wants. We all know that he would much rather be playing here right now in place of Powell.

Yeah right. He's too busy counting his stacks.

I woulda ran outta LA too for all that green. Recession or no recession.
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Posted February 18, 2009 - 06:44 PM

He can say that he's happy all he wants. We all know that he would much rather be playing here right now in place of Powell.

Instead of earning a couple million a year, he's earning 5. Good choice by Turiaf. He can take a discount later in his career, but now is the time to collect your check.
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Posted February 18, 2009 - 08:50 PM

We didn't want to pay 4 mill for rebounding and blocks but we paid 5 mill for 3pt shot missing.

Edited by popo, February 18, 2009 - 08:50 PM.

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#11 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted February 19, 2009 - 12:34 AM

Josh Powell has been great but Ronny is still missed.

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Posted February 19, 2009 - 04:23 AM

I seriously still think I am seeing Ronny when Pow's on the court....




#13 JEN

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Posted February 19, 2009 - 07:24 AM

He may be happy with the move but we still miss him :( Well - at least I still miss him..

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Posted February 19, 2009 - 10:56 AM

Happy for him. He was a great member of this team. He brought energy and spirit off the bench and always surprised me with his blocking skills. He was definitely one of those guys who brings more than just stats, and sometimes its these intangibles that make a big difference for a team.

It was good to see him playing so hard last night, and he truly is counted on up there.




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