Hidayet Turkoglu Rumors

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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.”