Former Gonzaga University men’s basketball player, Ronny Turiaf, announced his retirement Monday in a video posted to YouTube.
He also took the announcement to Twitter.
The 33-year-old Martinique-native played for Gonzaga from 2002 to 2005. He graduated from Gonzaga with degrees in sports management, communication and French.
In 2005, Turiaf was the 37th overall NBA draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers. Just four weeks later, doctors discovered he had an enlarged aortic root. Turiaf quickly underwent open-heart surgery.
In the video, Turiaf said he was back to working out three months later.
Turiaf talked about career highs in the video, including the surreal experience of walking in the opening ceremonies at the Olympics alongside two close friends, Tony Parker and Boris Diaw.
“Retirement – you know, you have to be careful what you say – what we say often becomes reality,” Turiaf said. “My objective was always to play for 10 years in the NBA and to play 100 times for Team France. I can honestly say that I achieved all of my goals. So now, I begin my new life,” said Turiaf.