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Ömer Aşık of the Chicago Bulls, Semih Erden of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ersan İlyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks, Hidayet Türkoğlu of the Orlando Magic and Enes Kanter of the Utah Jazz are all part of the squad. Other players named for the national team are Barış Ermiş and İzzet Türkyılmaz from Banvit, Emir Preldzic, Oğuz Savaş and Ömer Onan from Fenerbahçe Ülker, Sertaç Şanlı, Ender Arslan and Furkan Aldemir from Galatasaray and Doğuş Balbay from the University of Texas. Speaking at the press conference, TBF President Demirel said the national team aims to earn a berth for the London 2012 Olympics “by taking one of the top two places.” The third, fourth and fifth-place holders in Lithuania will have to play an elimination tour to win a ticket to the Olympics. Today's Zaman

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Semih Erden wants to play for Turkey at the EuroBasket this summer but must wait to see if his shoulder can recover from surgery after a tough NBA season. Erden battled a labrum problem before and after his mid-season trade from Boston to Cleveland, and managed only four appearances for the Cavaliers after arriving in February. FIBA.com

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Boston Celtics center Semih Erden, who has been hampered by a sore groin injury, has returned to Turkey to be with his mother who is ill. Justin Zanik, an agent for AMS Sports which represents Erden, told CSNNE.com on Monday night that the 7-foot rookie plans to rejoin the team prior to the C's playing at Golden State on Feb. 22. "He is in Turkey now, and we are monitoring the situation," Zanik wrote in an email to CSNNE.com. "If all goes well, Semih will rejoin the team over All-Star weekend." CSNNE.com

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That means more time for Erden, who would likely start in Shaq’s place to keep Davis in his sixth man role. While it’s been a tough learning curve at times, Erden has flashed the ability to be an efficient scorer in the post. He’s also unafraid to mix it up inside, something that was evident to the other Celtics from the beginning of camp. “He’s very good,” Garnett said. “I don’t think you guys understand how methodical he is with both hands.” WEEI.com

December 11, 2010 Updates

Any other rookie might have been fazed, but Semih Erden didn't seem rattled in the least on Thursday night after being thrust into a starting lineup that features three future Hall of Famers and a young point guard that many think will one day ascend to that title. Asked if he was nervous for his first NBA start, Erden rejected the notion like the Spencer Hawes layup he turned away just 15 seconds into the game. "I don't like nerves," Erden said, eliciting laughter from reporters. He explained that after playing in Europe and for Turkey's national team, nothing should seem too daunting on a basketball court. Erden finished with eight points (hitting both shots he attempted) with three rebounds and a block over 18 minutes in a 102-101 triumph. ESPN.com

"[Erden has] performed well, the concern is that he has struggled defensively at times and our first unit has been unbelievable defensively, so you can see they were concerned by that," said Rivers. "[Before Thursday's game], when we were going over stuff... they were pretty hard on him about defense. You don't come into our group and screw things up." Even if he did, Erden won't get nervous because of it, which explains why a veteran like Garnett is so impressed by the frontcourt import, who isn't afraid to bark back, language barrier be damned. "He has confidence and everything," said Garnett. "He has a lot of it, and doesn't mind telling you about it." ESPN.com

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