Turiaf doesn't regret choosing Heat over Celtics


Turiaf doesn't regret choosing Heat over Celtics

MIAMI Miami Heat forward Ronny Turiaf had a number of options after he was waived by the Nuggets last month.

He wanted to play with a team where he could have a consistent role, and a team with the potential to make a deep playoff run. He chose the Heat, but not after giving some serious thought to signing with the Celtics.

"Boston was definitely a serious consideration for me," Turiaf told CSNNE.com. "It came down to the final two, final three teams and Boston was definitely right there."

It's hard to argue that Turiaf made the wrong choice.

Had he signed with the Celtics, he would have been battling Greg Stiemsma for playing time. Stiemsma has been a surprisingly solid contributor off the bench with his defense, shot-blocking, and now, an occasional bucket around the rim of a spot-up jumper.

Boston ultimately signed Ryan Hollins, who has played sporadically behind Stiemsma.

As for Turiaf, he became an instant fixture in the Heat rotation which includes him starting all four games for Miami since the Celtics' 91-72 pummeling of the Heat on April 1. He is expected to start tonight against the Celtics.

"Miami came down to being the better fit for me, with basketball and everything else that came into the equation," Turiaf said. "Boston is a great team, but I have no regrets about my decision."

In 10 games with the Heat, Turiaf is averaging 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 15.6 minutes per game. In the four games that he has started for Miami, he has averaged four points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 18.8 minutes.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.