HoopsHype Semih Erden rumors


November 19, 2010 Updates

Turkey also is a secular nation, unlike some in the Islamic world. “Turkey is a modern European country,” Erden said. “In Turkey, religion and government are separated. You all saw a very good organization with us in the world championship. We played the final game against the USA. It was amazing - peaceful. The USA players enjoyed it, and we enjoyed it. We went to the after parties to celebrate, and it was a very good experience for me and all of the players there. The people were very happy. “Religion is not important here. A good human being is important. They’re all good guys, and they’re all helping like Shaq. I’m very glad to be here. I feel like I am home in Boston.” Boston Herald

October 20, 2010 Updates

Semih Erden could be the second biggest surprise addition for the Celtics this off season. With Shaq getting all the ink and Jermaine expected to start, Erden was initially viewed as little more than an after thought. Practice fodder. Make no mistake, that he is. But there are a few surprises occurring here. No one knew what to expect and no one expected much. Even teammates like Paul Pierce admitted that he did not know how skilled he already is. "Yeah, everything he’s done is a surprise because I really didn’t know what to expect from him. I watched him in the (Euro Worlds) Championship gold medal game and that is all I had seen. But watching just that one game I knew he had a high basketball IQ. I actually didn’t know his skill level, but he’s shown me a lot." Celtics Blog

October 17, 2010 Updates

O'Neal employed a similar tactic earlier this preseason with Semih Erden, but the language barrier prevented him from sending it in the form of secret message. Instead, O'Neal simply yelled, "Semih, kill him!" as Erden worked against an incredulous Marreese Speights during last week's exhibition opener against the Philadelphia 76ers in Manchester, N.H. Davis could only laugh when presented with the buzzwords after the game. They seemed to work on the court as he finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, continuing his inspired preseason play. ESPN.com

October 10, 2010 Updates

Erden told me that each of the players on the Turkish National Team that won the silver medal at last month's World Championship received a bonus of 1 million Turkish Lira (about $700,000) along with a free villa/apartment, courtesy of a wealthy Turkish real estate mogul who wanted to reward them for their success. The members of the gold-medal winning Team USA were paid $25,000 apiece, Andre Iguodala said. ESPN.com

October 4, 2010 Updates

Erden's list of fierce competitors has grown since the start of Celtics training camp. Only this time, it is his teammates, not his opponents, who have pushed him to improve. "The other day, Semih was leaning on me and I spun off him," Shaquille O'Neal explained. "I told him, 'Listen, there are four guys in the league that you can't lean on like that.' You lean on Dwight [Howard] on the side, you gonna get the lob. You lean on me, I'm gonna spin. You lean on [Kevin] Garnett, he's gonna spin. You lean on [Tim] Duncan, he's gonna spin. I just give him little stuff that he needs to have when he goes up against other guys." CSNNE.com

September 19, 2010 Updates

Even after Rajon Rondo stepped aside from Team USA, the Celtics were invested in the 2010 FIBA World Championships thanks to Semih Erden's participation with his native Turkey. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he watched every Turkey game on TV, while also dispatching director of player personnel Ryan McDonough overseas to report back on Erden's exploits. The 6-foot-11 rookie center averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in nine appearances, while helping the hosts earn silver. "I really liked what I saw," said Ainge. "I thought Semih played with great energy and confidence." ESPN.com

July 5, 2010 Updates

The Celtics have announced the signing of Turkish 7-footer Semih Erden, opening the door for the 2008 second-round pick to play later today in the Green’s Summer League opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That game, along with all of the Orlando Summer League games, will be televised on NBA-TV. The Celts tip off at 5 p.m. Boston Herald

July 4, 2010 Updates

Erden’s agent and translator, Tolga Tugsavul, said, “(Erden) said he didn’t come two years ago because he was under contract (in Turkey). His only option was this year to come here. “He preferred to come two years before. But it still is not late for him. He still is young. He said, ‘I am very happy to be here. I’m very comfortable right now.’ ” Erden will sign a minimum contract, which comes out to $473,604 for a player with no NBA experience. But money is not the issue. “First of all, he lost a lot of money right now,” Tugsavul said. “He has a big contract in Europe, but he gave it up to play in the NBA. Boston Herald

June 26, 2010 Updates
June 24, 2010 Updates

Semih Erden is closer to land in the Boston Celtics next season. The 23-year-old Turkish center could have already reached to an agreement with the NBA franchise, and the deal could be signed in the next days. Erden would arrive to the Celtics from Fenerbahce, averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game in the last TBL. The Hoops Market

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