Turkish National basketball team eyes 2011 European Championships title

The 2011 European Championships will see teams from all over Europe compete for the crown of best team in Europe and also a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Turkey, 2010 World Basketball Championships runner-up, will be amongst the favourites to win the European Championships and captain Hidayet Turkoglu says that the team will do their best to win the competition. He said: “There will be some pressure on the players in the first game of the tournament, but I believe we will perform well despite the stress. We want to make a good start and keep our form until the end of the tournament to finish in the best place possible.”

Turkey hosted the 2010 World Basketball Championships and was bitterly disappointed to lose in the final to the United States. This time round, they fly to the Lithuania in hopes of bringing home with them the 2011 European Championships.

Turkey faces Portugal in their opening game of the championships on Wednesday. Turkey will be without Semih Erden who is injured with a shoulder injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers centre is still troubled from surgery underwent in April.

It won’t be easy for Turkey to qualify; Turkey will be competing in Group A along with defending champions Spain, hosts Lithuania, Great Britain, Poland, and Portugal. EuroBasket 2011 promises to be one of the most competitive and fiercely sought championships for a long time.

The hopes of Turkey could rest of the shoulders of young Enes Kanter. Drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA draft, big things are expected of Kanter and this will be the perfect stage for the young protégé to propel himself to the limelight and steal the show in Lithuania.

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