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In a league of his own
Rockets rookie will be first Turkish NBA player
Posted: Friday June 26, 1998 04:33 PM
HOUSTON (AP) -- Turkish basketball star Mirsad Turkcan is getting a taste of life in the NBA and likes it already.
"I'm very happy to be in Houston," Turkcan said Friday, making his first appearance in Houston after being selected one of the Rockets' three first-round choices in this week's NBA draft.
"Orlando, Indiana and Seattle also contacted me, but I thank God I am in Houston," he told reporters. "I am ready for hard work, the NBA life and everything that goes with it."
The 6-foot-8 Turkcan, 22, is the first Turkish player to get a chance to play in the NBA. He had been playing for Turkey's Istanbul-based Efes Pilsen team.
"The people in my country are very excited," he said. "This morning, seven or eight television stations called to talk to me and today I am on the front page of the paper. I am so happy."
"This is a very big player," he said of Barkley. "I've heard of Charles and they say he's a good guy and so is Hakeem. He may be my favorite player."
Turkcan said he would be heading to New York for a few days, then head back home to Turkey before returning to Texas for the Rockets' training camp.
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