Ronny Turiaf Brings Beard, More to Golden State Warriors

Julian QuisquaterContributor IApril 9, 2009

DALLAS - JANUARY 28:  Ronny Turiaf #21 of the Golden State Warriors during play against the Dallas Mavericks on January 28, 2008 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There have been a lot of disappointing moments in Warriorland this season, but why dwell on things that are out of our control?


One positive we can take away from '08-'09 is that the void left by Baron Davis’ beard has officially been filled by the “Dance from France.”


Ronny Turiaf has surpassed even the most optimistic expectations when he signed what appeared to be a grossly inflated four-year $17 million contract.


His name has become synonymous with passion, and in addition to being the team’s unofficial cheerleader, he is also shot-blocking his way into the hearts of Warriors fans.


Turiaf is often noted for his physical likeness to the Predator from the 1987 Schwarzenegger film, but his character matches the description as well.


He hides in the dense foliage beneath the hoop, and when his thermal imaging sensory picks up a target, he springs into action to slay his opponent.


My personal favorite Turiaf story happened when my fellow writer Rob Wilson started smack-talking Marco Bellinelli from his seats at the end of the Warriors bench.


Turiaf took such exception to the criticism of his teammate that any time Bellinelli did anything noteworthy for the rest of the game, Ronny would point directly at Wilson in animated fashion.


That, my friends, is a good teammate. Someone I can honestly say I am proud to call a Warrior.


Arguably, Turiaf’s greatest contribution this season has gone completely unnoticed until San Francisco Chronicle writer Janny Hu pointed it out yesterday.


Turiaf is mentoring Anthony Randolph, and has been instrumental in the young big’s development and maturation.


He calms him down when he gets riled up, and has helped him to understand that his sometimes harsh learning curve is the result of great expectations.


For that alone, Turiaf has earned his paycheck.


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