Magic SF Hedo Turkoglu said he wouldn't be taking his talents overseas if there's an NBA lockout, but he's dead-set on helping his homeland of Turkey make noise in the 2012 London Olympics.
Turkoglu, who led Turkey to its runner-up finish to Team USA in the 2010 FIBA world championships, said he plans on playing for the Turkish national team in qualfying rounds with his sights set on reaching London.
Turkey's amazing FIBA run was hailed as the country's greatest sporting accomplishment.
"I would like to play in the Olympics, of course. That's something I've never done before," Turkoglu said.
Turkoglu said he'd be interested in playing overseas during an expected NBA lockout this summer.But the timetable of the labor strife makes it nearly impossible for him to make a commitment.
"Yeah, I would play --- you got to stay in shape, just in case --- but you can't say you can play because you don't know how long (a lockout) would go," Turkoglu said.
Turnovers a problem
The turnover bug is engulfing the Magic.
It bit them in Monday night's 97-84 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. Orlando finished with 18 turnovers, good for 20 L.A. points. Dwight Howard had nine miscues by himself.
Magic's Hedo Turkoglu has an Olympic dream
Orlando Sentinel | Mar 16