Erden feels better mentally after trip to Turkey


Erden feels better mentally after trip to Turkey

By A.Sherrod Blakely

OAKLAND, Calif. Boston Celtics center Semih Erden has not been himself lately, and a sore groin was just part of the problem.

The 25-year-old rookie from Turkey was worried about his mother, who recently took ill.

Her health issues along with his injury, clearly took its toll on Erden.

"I was worried about her," Erden told

So much so, that he asked the C's if he could go to Turkey and be with her, a request they had no problem granting for him. reported Erden's in-season return to Turkey last week.

Now that he's back, Erden says his mother is doing much better health-wise.

The same can be said for Erden, who will return to action tonight for the first time after missing the previous four.

"I'm feeling a lot better," he said. "A lot better."

Part of that has to do with his mother's improved health. Erden said his mother recently had two surgeries performed.

"For me, I'm happy because my mom is better," he said. "Now, she's healthy."

And the same can be said for Erden, both mentally and physically.

"I'm good, but tired," Erden said. "But I am feeling better. My mom's better, I'm better, too."

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Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

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