Aug 18, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT
Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket.
Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for the Olympic qualifying tournament, according to FIBA.com.
Turiaf got tangled up in a battle for a rebound and, after x-rays were taken at a London hospital, France’s medical staff confirmed the player had sustained a fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.
The 28-year-old will see a specialist in Paris on Thursday to determine how long the injury will keep him on the sidelines.
Broken hand? He’s not going to be back in a couple weeks for this tournament.
Turiaf was playing pretty significant minutes for France at the five in tune-up games, but they still have a lot of depth on that squad: Tony Parker, Joakim Noah, Boris Diaw, and Nicolas Batum plus some well-seasoned international players. But Turiaf is one of those teammates that players and coaches love because he goes at it hard all the time and can elevate practices, not to mention the quality dancing.
We’d talk about how this would impact the Knicks training camp if we thought there would be a Knicks training camp starting on time.
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