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08-28-2007, 07:26 AM
RP-trained center signed by Lakers


By BILL VELASCO
The Philippine Star

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed the first-ever player trained in the Philippines.

Larry Turner, a 6’11" center out of Tennessee State University, was signed to a two-year contract after playing in the NBA Summer League, where he averaged 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Turner scored 5.8 points and pulled down 6.1 rebounds as a senior.

In August of last year, The Star ran a story on Turner, who had been sent by TSU to the Philippines for six weeks of training under Kirk Collier, the skills coach of San Miguel Beer and Ginebra San Miguel in the PBA.

"I’m very happy for Larry, he’s a really good person," Collier told The Star. "If he stays with the team beyond Jan. 10, then his contract will be binding."

Collier worked with Turner on his post moves and perimeter game, and believes the former Oklahoma player will be a good fit with the league’s superstars, like Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.

"He has a long way to go, but he’s earned this opportunity," says Collier, who originally came to the Philippines to train the players of Red Bull. "What he has to do now is fit in, and not try to be a big scorer right away."

Collier also believes that it won’t be long before a full-blooded Filipino makes it to the NBA.

"I think it will be soon. Since 2000, the players coming up have become much bigger," Collier adds. "I think Gian (Chiu, now with Oberlin College in Ohio) has a great shot. But probably Japeth Aguilar (playing for Western Kentucky) has the best chance of all. He’s already listed at 6’10" and can match up with them athletically. And he’s bulked up."

Collier also said that current PBA players like Mark Caguioa and Jimmy Alapag could also make it in the NBA, given the opportunity to learn a particular team’s system.

The Phanatic
08-28-2007, 03:15 PM
As Henry Abbott pointed out in his TrueHoop blog the other day, with this signing, talagang ayaw nang umalis ni Kobe sa Lakers. ;D

yungha
08-28-2007, 08:20 PM
we've gotten so pathetic that we're taking credit for a full-bloooded american getting trained by a full-blooded american. this guy larry turner spent years honing his skills at the high school, college and nba developmental league level then he comes to the philippines for 6 weeks and suddenly he's RP-trained?

mighty_lion
08-28-2007, 11:33 PM
we've gotten so pathetic that we're taking credit for a full-bloooded american getting trained by a full-blooded american. this guy larry turner spent years honing his skills at the high school, college and nba developmental league level then he comes to the philippines for 6 weeks and suddenly he's RP-trained?


In a way, OO. Saw that feature on him in Hardball last night. Nabigla nga ako, first time ko lang din narining yong pangalan nya.

erichubert
08-29-2007, 10:51 AM
I doubt that he will last until the opening game. Teams usually sign players to complete its roster requirements for their training camps and then they usually subsequently release the players before the preseason. After the preseason, they cut some players again to come up with the final 15 man roster. Turner's numbers aren't really impressive, unless the Lakers suddenly trade for their big men to get an all-star like Jermaine O'Neal, Turner doesn't stand a chance to overtake Mihm, Bynum, Turiaf and Kwame Brown in the roster.

Mateen Cleaves
08-29-2007, 12:21 PM
This sounds like the real deal. The report says that the contract was for two years. Usually, that means a roster spot. If it's just for training camp, the report will usually mention that. Typically invitations to training camp only give players honoraria and some meal money for the duration of their tenure in the camp. The only question now is how much of the two years is guaranteed, and how much is contingent on him not being cut by a certain date?

The other thing to consider is this, teams now have the NBDL option for players that are too young or too raw. That could be one scenario for Turner.

batangueño
08-29-2007, 01:43 PM
we've gotten so pathetic that we're taking credit for a full-bloooded american getting trained by a full-blooded american. this guy larry turner spent years honing his skills at the high school, college and nba developmental league level then he comes to the philippines for 6 weeks and suddenly he's RP-trained?


I agree with yungha. How can we herald in our newspapers that Turner is RP-trained when in fact he is an American being trained by a Philippine-based American coach? Perhaps we should just re-state the banner story as "RP-based US coach trains upcoming Lakers Center" or something like that. ::)

bluetruck
08-29-2007, 07:16 PM
this is funny!

irateluvmachine
09-02-2007, 06:48 AM
this is a joke.

if larry turner is any good - and i doubt he can overtake busts kwame brown and chris mihm, or even bynum and turiaf - bottomline is, he's still an american trained by an american who just happens to be based in the philippines. again, it's another case of the philippine star's columnists queenita and/or bill velasco (the latter, in this case) overhyping things when there are more pressing issues...like transitioning from noli eala to sonny barrios...or how to get our boys ready for 2012 after the 2008 olympic tryout debacle...

GHRanger
09-03-2007, 05:14 PM
This article brings no value to Philippine basketball except that we (or San Mig/Baranggay Ginebra for that matter) are trained by this same American coach.

The title, as well, is misleading and overhyped.

To add on the more important things to do -- What we definitely need is someone to break us out of the NBA mentality and switch to European/the rest of the World style of play.

pio_valenz
09-04-2007, 06:47 PM
Masyadong exag si Bill Velasco sa report. Turner was trained by an American coach who just happened to be in the Philippines. Akala mo naman naka develop na tayo ng world-class basketball training program. ::)

tigerman
09-05-2007, 01:17 AM
Notwithstanding Bill's excellent job at Hardball, he can give Queenito a run for her money. ;D





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