Former NBA starHidayet Turkoglu, who has recently been appointed to the high post – as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s senior advisor on sports, spoke about his new post in the government.
Speaking to the local Turkish media outlets, Turkoglu said it was a big honor for him and his family.
Commenting on rumors regarding his salary as the advisor, Turkoglu said he’s ready to serve his country, adding that there will always be rumors and slander and he just laughs at them. The former NBA player said he will try his best to fulfill his duties.
Some reports indicated that Turkoglu’s salary will be 60,000 Turkish liras (some $20,000), including a car and a bodyguard.
Turkoglu also touched upon the subject of recent terrorist attacks that rocked Turkey. He was brief, saying that the leadership of Turkey is handling the issue.
“We’ve encountered unfortunate situation, dark clouds roam over our country,” Turkoglu said. “We are a strong nation and our unity is important, and sport has always been a unifying factor as well. We will get through this.”
Turkoglu’s career change came after playing 15 seasons in the NBA. He was the first Turkish player ever to start playing in the league. In the last several months, Turkoglu served as the CEO of the Turkish Basketball Federation.
Turkoglu spent his NBA career playing for Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Toronto, Phoenix and the L.A. Clippers. He averaged career-high 19.5 ppg for Orlando Magic in 2007-08. Overall Turkoglu appeared in 997 NBA games (571 started), averaging 11.1 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.8 apg in 26.8 mpg.
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