By: Sinan Guler / @sinanguler

Welcome back to me I guess.

it has been over a year since I typed in some words for you guys. So it’s good to be back.

It has really been a busy and exciting season  so far. First winning the silver medal with the support of our home crowd (not to mention the love that I got from the ELA crew) and then after that  a very exciting first stage in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. So far we’ve won all of our games at home, including a very exciting Panathinaikos game thanks to Kerem Tunceri’s buzzer beater lay-up (this is where another flashback kicks in, and Keko lays it up one more time, against Serbia to lift us to the the WC 2010 Finals.)

The Sinan Erdem Advantage

At home, we play with a different energy, more tough for sure, and every team uses this to their advantage to a certain point I think. With an energetic and young crowd constantly screaming and blowing horns to support us, I think we use this to our advantage also. On the road, we just need to focus on what we are successful at in certain points of the game, and not let up easily when things are not going for us. With the talent we have, I think we are capable of getting a win on the road in the Top 16.

While I was writing this, we played and beat Siena at home in a battle of defenses. I think it was a confidence boost that we were looking for with the hustle that we showed in all aspects of the court. This week’s Partizan game is going be another step that we need to take to reach the Top 8.

Basketball in Turkey: Staving off the FIBA hangover

I think the magic still lives on. There have been some shifts in the subjects once in awhile, but as far as basketball goes, the fans are even more excited. We have 5 players that were part of the magic—Kerem Tunceri, Kerem Gonlum, Ender Arslan, Cenk Akyol and me)—and every time we go on a road game in Turkey, I feel like we are the Beatles or something. Kids run all over us to get a picture or an autograph and I really enjoy this. It is nice for those kids to get an opportunity to meet the people that they are trying to take examples from.

Efes Pilsen’s recent signing of NBA veteran Flip Murray

I think Flip is working very hard to get into the rhythm to help the team. As far as chemistry goes, he looks like a great person and he will fit in to the program quickly.