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November 17, 2015
Hedo Turkoglu Retires From The NBA; Admits To Using Steroids?
Hedo Turkoglu As per espn.com, Turkish NBA player Hedo Turkoglu has decided to retire after 15 seasons in the league. “I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to live out my dream and play in the NBA,” Turkoglu said in his official statement. “I will always remember my teammates, coaches, staff members and all of the fans who made my career so wonderful for myself and my family.” Although Turkoglu was a member of multiple teams such as the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers, his most notable season was with the Orlando Magic. According to nba.com, the former NBA Most Improved Player played 497 regular season games with Orlando from 2004-09 and 2010-13 where he was a starter in 412 of those games. He averaged 14.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 3.9 apg. in 32.7 minpg., while shooting .379 (794-2,005) from three-point range and .805 (1,402-1,741) from the free throw line as he helped the Dwight Howard-led team to reach the 2009 NBA Finals. The Magic eventually lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 as Kobe Bryant won the Finals Most Valuable Player. As per nba.com, former Kings TV analyst Jerry Reynolds recalled his first encounter with the Turkish forward. “I didn’t know a lot about him, but I watched him and I was amazed by his size and the skill he had” Reynolds said. “Fortunately enough we were able to draft him at No. 16 [overall].” “He was one of those guys that was just a heck of an overall player,” Reynolds continued. “Hedo could play several positions and of course he went on to have a great career,” he added. Despite his reputation as a scoring forward, his career and image took a hit when he was suspended by the league for testing positive for steroids. Based on a report by Yahoo! Sports, Turkoglu took full responsibility for the incident. ”I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body,” the 33-year-old from Turkey said in his statement. ”This was a complete error in judgment on my part and I apologize to the Orlando Magic organization, the league, my teammates, and the Magic fans. I know I have let down a lot of people and I am truly sorry for my mistake.” http://www.ischoolguide.com/articles/34170/20151116/hedo-turkoglu-nba-news-orlando-magic.htm