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Turiaf Eyes Life After NBA Basketball

Former Gonzaga University star and now NBA player Ronny Turiaf listens to speakers during dedication of the new court at Corbin Park in Spokane in June 2011. Turiaf's Heart to Heart Foundation and Hoopfest partnered to renovate the neighborhood court. (SR file photo)

When Ronny Turiaf left Gonzaga University for Los Angeles and the NBA nearly a decade ago, he learned to live a professional’s life from Lakers veterans Aaron McKie, Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom and a guy named Kobe Bryant. Plenty of it was tough love. “They showed me how,” Turiaf says now. “Did they ever.” 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/Jerry Zgoda, Minneapolis Star-Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you remain a Ronny Turiaf fan?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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