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NBA Draft 2001: Wednesday, June 27
Mehmet Okur

38th pick, Detroit Pistons

Q: How do you feel being selected by Detroit?

Okur: I'm so happy. It's my dream.

Q: Talk about the challenge of playing at the NBA level?

Okur: I know how important it is to play in the NBA. I'm going to give my best. I'm ready.

Q: Did you work out with Detroit today?

Okur: Yes, this morning. It was great.

Q: What international players in the NBA do you follow?

Okur: Hedo Turkoglu. I like him because he opened the NBA door. We'll play together next month with the national team, in the 2001 European Championship in Turkey.

Q: Did you talk to him about the NBA?

Okur: A little bit. He said just think about basketball, work hard and do your best.


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