MINNEAPOLIS -- The biggest kid in the gym.
A sparkplug. A locker room guy. A leader. An upstanding citizen.
They're all titles that Ronny Turiaf has earned during his eight-year NBA adventure, and rightfully so. Few professional athletes are handed multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts to fulfill such capacities.
"You just can't find guys like that," Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said.
But while Minnesota's paying the 6-foot-10, 249-pound teddy bear 3.2 million over the next two seasons to spread his zest for life and passion for basketball throughout the organization, there are also on-court expectations for him as training camp rapidly approaches.
They're just easy to overlook for a guy whose introductory press conference was held in the gymnasium at the Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House.
"I really believe basketball has empowered me to be who I am today, to make people smile, to change the world to be able to give back via basketball," Tur...