Erdem Can on NBA: “The purpose of being there is very important”


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During Anadolu Efes’ media day, new head coach Erdem Can discussed various topics, including his signing with the Istanbul team, the new squad, and his aspirations for the NBA. He expressed his honor at receiving an offer from Anadolu Efes, aligning with his career ambitions.

“I have big goals in my life. Being part of large and powerful organizations is important to achieve these goals. I see myself as constantly evolving as a coach. Getting an offer from Efes was very honorable for me,” Can said to Eurohoops.

Prior to guiding Turk Telekom to the EuroCup final last season, Erdem Can spent a year in the NBA, where he worked as a part of the coaching staff for the Utah Jazz under Quin Snyder.

“When you’re in the NBA, the purpose of being there is very important,” Can said. “The experience I gained there greatly contributed to my basketball philosophy, the system I have in mind, and what I want to accomplish.

“But I always had the desire and motivation to be a head coach. So, after that period, I felt it was time to move towards being a head coach.”

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