MINNEAPOLIS -- Ronny Turiaf's northern connections run deeper than meets the eye.
Judging by the passion in his voice while speaking with reporters Thursday night, a whole heck of a lot deeper.
"I'm so excited about it," the eight-year, bench-presence veteran said of signing with the Timberwolves, "I feel like I'm a rookie all over again."
In reality, there's a lot of wear and tear on the 30-year-old's 6-10, 250-pound frame. Eight seasons of bouncing from city to city will do that.
But president of basketball operations Flip Saunders brought Turiaf in for, if nothing else, his sheer fervor. Whether it's been spelling a starting center, handing out locker room advice or dancing on the sideline in celebration, that's never been in short supply.
"The greatest thing about Turiaf is that he's got great enthusiasm, great love for the game," Saunders said recently. "He's got great passion."
What's not as notice...