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This is also why Lakers players never foul out

Nov 19, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

Food for thought: If you’re a pro basketball coach whose team is a little thin on the bench, why not use one of your suspended players? Just have him trade jerseys with someone who’s active, and you’re back in business!
Unfortunately, there seem to be various holes in this plan. As Turkish coach Okan Cevik discovered when he was unceremoniously fired.

The name of the team is Galatasaray Café Crown, and the suspended player was Cemal Nalga. Authorities became suspicious when Tufan Ersoz, the player whose jersey Nalga was wearing, all of a sudden mysteriously stopped sucking in an exhibition game in Germany.

Even though the entire coaching staff has been sacked, the team remains at risk of being fined and demoted from Turkey’s top league.

The amazing thing is that the fraud almost worked. Even though the guy is hard to miss with both a big beard and a big build (watch the video), he was only detected, according to a report, after a rival team noticed suspiciously good statistics for Tufan Ersoz.

TrueHoop reports that this is the same Turkish team that was involved in this glorious brawl earlier this season.
Sneaking a suspended player on the court in a teammate’s uniform. [ESPN]

  1. Rick2009 - Nov 20, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    What does this have to do with the Lakers.

  2. Rick Chandler - Nov 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    I didn’t want an invite-only comment section. At first.

  3. Jack - Dec 23, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Generally I do not make a comment on blogs, but I would like to mention that this post really forced me to do so. Really nice post!