Inspirational stories and anecdotes are numerous in NBA history, and certainly implicate even French players. One of them, for example, escaped his fatal fate, thus being able to proudly wear the Lakers jersey.
The probability of one day evolving in the NBA has skyrocketed in recent days, even more so for international players there have been some twenty years. At the time, French players had to redouble their efforts to attract the attention of US scouts, to earn their place in the league. One of the rare ones wearing a champion’s ring in his palm was nevertheless able to see his dream come true in a very sad way.
Ronny Turiaf’s heroic and unequal course in his NBA
While Tony Parker and Boris Diaw had already made an out-of-Atlantic name, Ronny Turiaf landed in the NBA in the 2005 Draft. Oh, exams conducted a few weeks later by his franchise, and revealing a swelling of his aortic root, put his career in the league in jeopardy. Basketball Mecca tell:
One of the cardiologists who studied Turiaf said he had a 75% chance of having a fatal episode in the next three years. “The traditional way with which this disease presents, is when a person gets sick, loses consciousness and dies. He told Turiaf that “basketball should be the cadet of (his) worries” and that he could never play again.
Following such a hard blow, many players would have lost all hope of one day on the parks of the big league. And yet, Turiaf has never stopped believing in his chances. The tears in his eyes, he indicated in a press conference:
I will not disappoint my family. I will overcome that. I will return to the parquet. He will fail to kill me to stop me.
Also affected by this terrible news, the Lakers found themselves under pressure to cancel the contract of their young pivot, but never decided to preserve their rights, in case their recovery would go better than planned. Great lords, they even decided to pay his operating and hospitalization costs, all while supporting this whole process. Turiaf, he thought, kept hope:
I told Mitch Kupchak to bring a jersey to the hospital. He came to see me, and I had tubes in the throat – a little bit everywhere in fact. But I told him, “I will carry this number 21, I guarantee it to you. »He does not believe me, I know him.
Ronny gave the honor to the parole, putting six months to the end of the month, having an impact on NBA debuts sous les couleurs Purple & Gold. Then followed the birth of an immense friendship with Kobe Bryantbut also the victory of a title with the Heat in 2012, alongside LeBron James.
In fact, Ronny Turiaf got rid of all medical prognosis, and was therefore able to pursue a glorious career in the NBA. No need to look far to find a great source of motivation!