New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf broke a bone in his left hand while playing for France in an exhibition match versus Great Britain. The basketball game took place in London in preparation for the EuroBasket tournament.
The injury occurred when Turiaf was battling for a rebound, and after x-rays were taken it was clear he had suffered a broken bone. Turiaf will see a specialist in France to determine how long the injury will sideline him and whether or not he will be forced out of the EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania.
The New York Knicks should also be worried about their veteran center and if he will be able to play for them next year; an off-season injury is a coaching staff’s biggest nightmare. Turiaf averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.8 minutes for the Knicks last season, and started every now and then. He will enter the final year of his contract in 2011-2012, and will be paid $4.36 million.