New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf will play for the French club Asvel for the remainder of the NBA lockout, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Turiaf, who was born in the French overseas department of Martinique and moved to Paris at age 15, will play alongside San Antonio Spurs guard and fellow Frenchman Tony Parker, who is a part owner of the team.
Turiaf said he has recovered from the left-hand injury that kept him out of this summer's European Championship and that he plans to arrive in France on Thursday and begin practice this weekend. Located in a suburb of Lyon, Turiaf's team went 17-13 last season and finished sixth in the French Pro-A league.
Turiaf joins a host of NBA players who have chosen to play in Europe during the lockout, including New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams, who is blogging about his experience in Turkey on his website. Turiaf averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 64 games last season, his first with the Knicks.
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