Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 6/25/12


The Miami Heat celebrated its NBA championship victory earlier today with a parade down the streets in the heart of South Beach.

Afterwards, the entire team congregated in a packed American Airlines Arena to keep the celebration going with fans, as each and every member of the team was publicly recognized for their contributions this season.

While the "Big Three" certainly headlined Miami's title run, the franchise made sure it gave credit where it was due to from every player from A to Z.

Among those recognized, of course, included former Knicks big man Ronny Turiaf. The ever exuberant veteran was praised for his ongoing enthusiasm throughout the season and playoffs, as he could constantly be seen roaring with supportive cheers from the bench.

Though he came close with the Lakers in 2008 (losing in The Finals), this season's victory marks the first championship win of Turiaf's career. He joined the Heat midseason and averaged 3.5 points. 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks for the team during the regular season. The big man also went on to play in twelve postseason contests, starting seven. He holds a player option to potentially return to South Beach next season.

Turiaf was a bit of a fan-favorite during his time with Knicks, as he often electrified the Garden crowd by swatting away opposing shots and diving for loose balls. He's continued to battle injuries throughout his career, but his perseverance and energy prove he's most deserving of this great accomplishment.

Take a look below for more photos of the former Knick during the Heat's remarkable run. To keep up with Turiaf, you can still follow him on Twitter as @Ronny_Turiaf. 






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