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 CSNNE.com.
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.
CSNNE.com 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."