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Hidayet Turkoglu
Hidayet Turkoglu
Position: F
Born: 03/19/79
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
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Ilyasova, too. After spending the first seven years of his NBA career in Milwaukee, the 28-year-old admitted initial shock at news that he was headed elsewhere. But it didn’t take long – a conversation with Van Gundy, another with fellow Turk Hedo Turkoglu, text messages with his new teammates – before the possibilities with the Pistons invigorated him. “I mentioned to Coach, (Turkoglu) called me and we talked about how he said the way we played in Orlando (under Van Gundy), the way you play and the way he liked to play with Coach and he shared a little bit,” Ilyasova said. “The great year he had when he reached the Finals, he said you probably would fit in for sure and I’m really glad I talked to him about it.”
Hedo Turkoglu enjoyed the kind of night many haven’t seen from the veteran forward in a while, a game reminiscent of his younger days spent with Sacramento. He scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, making five 3-pointers to help the Clippers beat the Kings, 116-105. “It’s always nice to go out and do something that helps your team win a game, Turkoglu said. “You feel like you’re a part of the team. You try to keep yourself ready and when you go out there, you play as hard as you can and try to win games.”
Turkoglu also wished to dispel the notion that Divac’s hire was for public relations purposes, and not for basketball reasons. “First of all, he knows about basketball. He knows European players’ game, and he’ll bring some players here. Him being European doesn’t mean he’s going to bring all Europeans here. He’ll try to find the right one that knows how to play and fit in the organization. Geoff Petrie was like that, when they brought me, Peja and Vlade, and now Casspi’s here. There’s a lot of good players out there and I think Vlade will find the right one.”
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A fan himself, Turkoglu keeps tabs on the Kings. So when news broke that the franchise hired Vlade Divac, his former teammate, to be Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations on March 3, it elicited an emotional response. “I want to congratulate Mr. V (Vivek Ranadive) about hiring Vlade,” Turkoglu said in the visitor’s locker room. “Vlade did a lot of good things for this organization and this city. So you know, he was the right guy to be hired. He knows the city, he knows the people, and I think he’ll help this organization to get to the right track, to where it was before, and hopefully, it will be sooner than people expect. I wish him luck and hopefully things will turn around.”
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A talismanic figure of Turkish and European basketball, Hedo (Hidayet) Türkoglu, announced on Monday his decision to retire from international duty, thus terminating an almost two-decade long career with the national team. Türkoglu, who just turned 35 on 19 March and was once nicknamed the ‘Turkish Michael Jordan’, has participated in eight EuroBasket tournaments, a record among active players. “I would like to announce my retirement from the Turkish Team, of which I have been a member since 1998, in order to make way for young players as my fans would understand,” Turkoglu said in a statement, as reported by news agency Anadolu. “I will always be proud to have been a Turkish basketball international and of representing my country,” the Los Angeles Clippers player added.
“He’s comfortable in his position and his role,” Griffin said. “We’re going to lean on him to do even more than that, I think. The faster he gets into shape, nobody’s rushing him because we obviously understand the situation, but he’s going to be good for us.” Added Rivers: “I think Hedo will be earlier than [Brown]. He was in shape and working out and playing basketball. Hedo’s helped us already. You sign any of those guys. If somebody helps you win one game in the Playoffs, they’re worth it.”
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Turkoglu, 34, has played on six teams. He’s been to Finals. He’s been the focal point of an offense, a sixth man, a role player and a point forward. Turkoglu’s experience is what makes him valuable to the Clippers and it’s why he has earned the respect of his teammates. “I forget how many teams he’s played on and everything he’s been through,” Blake Griffin said. “He was telling me a little bit about when he played for Sacramento with that team and throughout the years when he was with Orlando and Dwight [Howard]. He’s been on a lot of different teams and he’s played well and played kind of different roles in a sense on each team. He commands respect automatically from his experience.”
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Already donning a gray Clippers long-sleeve shirt and black team-issued sweatpants, longtime NBA veteran Hedo Turkoglu made more than a week of speculation official. After working out for the Clippers on Jan. 9, the team finally agreed to terms with the free agent forward Thursday as they prepare to leave for a seven-game east coast road trip. “It feels great,” Turkoglu said. “I’m really excited, a little bit nervous. It’s a new chapter for me. This is my 14th year and I’m just really happy to be a part of this great organization.”