NBA Draft 2001: Wednesday, June 27
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.