Saturday, July 19, 2008
-After signing his offer sheet last week, the Lakers had 7 days to decide whether or not Ronny Turiaf was worth a 4 year, $17 million contract. It appears that the Lakers did not think he was worth it, as they chose not to match the offer sheet that Ronny signed with the Golden State Warriors. Ronny will not be plying his trade with the Warriors, and will be finding himself in a very good situation. Under Don Nelson, the Warriors love to run up and down the court, and with great play-making guards, Ronny will find himself to be the recipient of many great passes. I think Ronny will shine with the Warriors, and if there are any legs to the rumored Andres Biedrins for Chauncey Billups trade, he might get even more minutes. Congratulations to Ronny on this great contract, and I know he will continue to make GU proud.
- Team Canada, led by Manny Arop, finished up 3rd in the just completed FIBA America's U-18 tournament. Canada knocked off Puerto Rico, 83-68, to finish 3rd in the tournament. They had already locked up a bid to the U-19 World Championships next year. Manny had yet another double-double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. For the tournament, Manny was the 2nd leading scorer at 17 points per game, and was the 3rd leading rebounder at 10.2 boards per game. Manny was arguably the best player in this tournament, along with Greg Echenique of Venezuela. Interestingly, Echenique, who is heading to Rutgers next season used to be a member of the 09 class. Echenique probably could have been an All-American if he had stayed in the 09 class, so this gives us an idea of just how good Manny is. I personally can't wait to follow Manny this next year, and eagerly await his arrival in Spokane.