You can tell Ronny Turiaf has been around the NBA and the world by two things he has done recently:
First, he made a veteran move and slipped out of Flip Saunders' introductory news conference as coach last week and headed back to his summer internship while reporters were busy talking to rookie Gorgui Dieng instead.
And on Sunday — or Monday, actually — he was wise enough to head west rather than east with the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program developed to spread the game with youth camps worldwide and was able to watch the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title while having breakfast in Taipei. If he had gone to Europe or Africa on his latest trip with Basketball Without Borders, he would have watched the game in the middle of the night.
Either way, he actually only sort of watched it because buddies Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were playing with so much at stake.
"I tried not to watch too much," Turiaf said.
Too nervous or didn't want to jinx them?
"A little bit of both," Turiaf said.
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