"How do you pronounce his name?" the Clippers' coach asked. "Because I need to get used to that."
For the record, it's HEE-doh TURK-ah-lou.
Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler could be saying it a lot after Rivers acknowledged Wednesday evening that the team anticipated signing the free-agent forward once he completed a physical.
Rivers said Turkoglu could join the Clippers by the time they open a seven-game, 11-day trip Friday against the
"I usually don't say stuff," Rivers said, "but I think everyone pretty much knows. But it's not done."
Rivers declined to say whether the Clippers would sign Turkoglu to a 10-day contract or for the rest of the season. At least one roster spot will become available when the 10-day contracts of
Rivers said he was not concerned about Turkoglu having tested positive last February for the anabolic steroid methenolone, earning him a 20-game suspension. Turkoglu said at the time that he had taken medication from a trainer in the summer of 2012 while in Turkey to treat a shoulder injury.
Turkoglu was less forthcoming with reporters when asked how many times he took the medication and whether it was administered through pills or an injection. He also declined to say when he stopped taking it.
His positive test placed him in the league's "SPEDs" program, which stands for steroids, performance-enhancing drugs and masking agents. The program includes counseling, education and future drug tests.
A player who tests positive for a SPED a second time is suspended 45 games. A third positive test triggers a lifetime ban from the
The Clippers remain focused on the potential upside of a player who was waived by the
"I hate playing against him," Clippers guard
Turkoglu's playoff experience is also a selling point. He was a starter for the Magic when it reached the Finals against the Lakers in 2009 and averaged 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the playoffs that season.
"He's been there before," Clippers forward
Dudley, who played alongside Turkoglu with the