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Istanbul not Constantinople – Ersan at the Worlds

You wouldn’t know it by Milwaukee media and its freakish obsession with football, but Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is leading his Turkish national team against Serbia today in the semis of the FIBA world championship.

Not to be an insufferable nag or anything resembling an insufferable NBA nag in Wisconsin, but now wouldn’t be a bad time to let the guys from the Milwaukee daily newspaper know that there is a great basketball tournament being played in Istanbul (not Constantinople) and that our guy Ersan is one of its stars.

Turkey has never won a medal in the worlds but they haven’t lost yet in this tournament.  They’ll play USA (we crushed Lithuania earlier today) if they get by Serbia today.  The Turks are down 42-35 at half, with Ersan leading the Turkish scoring.  Ersan leads the Turks in the tournament in scoring (15 pts) and rebounding (7).

The Milwaukee media may not want to know but Philadelphia Gay News is all over it. I’m not kidding.

Maybe it really is nobody’s business but the Greeks?