Turiaf Dons Number 32 in Honor of His Bond with Fred Hoiberg

Ronny Turiaf and Fred Hoiberg share a common history that few would envy – an aortic aneurism.  The two NBA players both overcame surgery and the painful recovery process just four weeks apart in the summer of 2005.   When Hoiberg, who was the first of the two to discover his health condition, saw the news of Turiaf’s impending surgery, he called the fellow player to offer encouragement and help Ronny through the difficult process.   Over the course of the coming months, in Ronny’s own words, Hoiberg became almost a father figure.   Hoiberg was there through every step of Ronny’s surgery and recovery process.

“He told me what would happen right ahead of me,” said Turiaf. “Anytime I had a question, he was there for moral support.”

In honor of the special bond that the two share and the support Hoiberg offered Ronny during a difficult time, Ronny chose to wear the number 32, Hoiberg’s number, as he heads into his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

When asked about the news, Hoiberg commented, “I was honored . . . It’s great to see him out there. I’m honored he’ll wear that number.”

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For The Ladies: Olympic-Inspired Fashion

With Ronny gearing up for the 2012 Olympics, we just came across this very cool piece on Olympic-inspired fashion for ladies on Style.com.

Check out more pieces like Markus Lupfer’s medal sequined merino wool sweater here to get into the Olympic spirit with style!

Make Your Socks Pop!

A fun way to liven up a suit this season is to add a pop of color with your socks. Ewan McGregor and Kid Cudi demonstrate via GQ magazine:

Your suit, or any outfit in this case, could consist of the most drab of drab colors, but when you have a pair of bright or printed socks peeking through it adds a whole new look. One brand known for shock value in this category is Happy Socks:

If you like what you see, click here to see more funky prints from zebra to polka dots.



Superfood: The Mango

A favorite fruit of Ronny’s, we came across a feature on mangoes that breaks down their top 10 health benefits via Care2.com.

The almighty mango almost sounds too good to be true as it:

1.  Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

2.  Lowers Cholesterol:
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)

3.  Clears the Skin:
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. (Read more on page 5.)

4.  Eye Health:
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.

5.  Alkalizes the Whole Body:
The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.

6. Helps in Diabetes:
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood.  The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

7. Improved Sex:
Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (as from whole food) does help in this area.

8. Improves Digestion:
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.

9. Remedy for Heat Stroke
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm to the body. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles.  The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.

10. Boosts Immune system
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.