Q&A With Cavaliers Rookie Cedi Osman

Monday afternoon, Basketball Insiders caught up with rookie Turkish swingman Cedi Osman to debate plenty of subjects. 

Basketball Insiders: Your first expertise within the NBA, making the transition from worldwide play and Euroleague—has it been what you’ve anticipated?

Cedi Osman: I imply after all it’s completely different guidelines and stuff and a unique kind of basketball. In worldwide, it’s like extra gradual, however right here it’s like at all times up and down, plenty of quick breaks.

Actually that’s the form of basketball that I like. When I used to be enjoying abroad, I used to be additionally operating loads, up and down. I used to be that man who was bringing the power, so it was not onerous for me to regulate to this basketball.

BI: With Euros on this league, it’s a rising quantity. What does that inform you concerning the expertise pool over there?

Osman: There’s plenty of gifted gamers abroad—like actually, loads. Like you stated, once you look across the NBA there’s plenty of European gamers. Starting with Dirk Nowitzki, he’s a giant legend. He was the one who selected to do Europe [to show] what he can do. I can provide the instance of two Turkish basketball gamers—Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur, he received one championship. I imply, there’s plenty of European gamers.

BI: Definitely. So how nicely have you learnt Hedo and Mehmet?

Osman: With Mehmet Okur, I used to be speaking a pair occasions. I noticed him one time in summer season league this yr. I discuss to Hedo additionally as a result of he’s president of Turkish Basketball Federation, so I used to be speaking to him additionally.

BI: You’ve gotten some essential minutes with the bench within the final couple of video games. The identical factor could be stated once you performed in New York and towards the Hawks, too. What’s allowed you and that group to click on collectively?

Osman: I at all times attempt to suppose constructive. When I’m getting there on the courtroom with the second unit, I’m attempting to carry the power as a result of I’m the youngest one with Big Z [Ante Zizic] collectively.

Whenever I get on the courtroom I’m attempting to carry the power on each side of the courtroom—on protection and offense—and I’m attempting to run the ground the quickest that I can. Trying to protect gamers which are actually good. And that additionally simply improves my basketball [skills] loads. I’m actually blissful that I’m part of this crew and it’s additionally actually vital for me that I’m getting these essential minutes.

BI: In a latest interview, you stated that you simply don’t have a cause to be scared. You’re “cold-blooded.” Why do you’re feeling that means?

Osman: I used to be enjoying abroad professionally since I used to be 16 years outdated…really, I began getting paid after I was 12. [I’ve been] enjoying professionally for a very long time. I performed with plenty of good gamers. I’ve performed additionally [with] former NBA gamers like Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic who was on the identical crew.

I do know, yeah that is one of the best league on the earth, however I don’t have a cause why to be scared as a result of I used to be working for this—to return right here, to provide my greatest and to be steady to remain for lengthy, lengthy years. That’s why I stated I don’t have a cause to be scared, as a result of I do know that I can play right here.

BI: When you’re on the ground, what do you anticipate out of your self? You stated you wish to stand up and down the ground and provides it to each ends, however is there something outdoors of that, possibly mentality smart?

Osman: Of course. Not simply as a rookie, however each time I get on the courtroom like I stated, I wish to be at all times that man who brings the power. Also like, once we’re going dangerous or when we’ve a nasty sport, I wish to change the momentum of the sport. That’s what I’m working for lots. We have nice gamers and I’ve plenty of issues to be taught from them.

That’s why I stated I’m actually blissful to be part of this crew, as a result of we’re top-of-the-line groups on the earth. I hope that we’re going to win a championship in my first yr. That can be a giant factor for me.

BI: What form of issues have the teaching employees tried that can assist you enhance in observe?

Osman: There’s a pair defensive performs that’ll be completely different. There’s additionally defensive three seconds. That was a little bit of adjusting for me as a result of in Europe you may at all times keep within the paint it doesn’t matter what. There’s no defensive three seconds. Here it’s completely different, so it was a little bit bit onerous for me to regulate at first, however now I don’t have any issues and coaches are actually serving to me loads.

BI: This crew isn’t totally wholesome but, clearly with Isaiah Thomas coming again, Tristan Thompson coming again and Iman Shumpert down the street. That would possibly have an effect on enjoying time for some. You’ve gone to the G-League and performed with the Canton Charge as soon as earlier than. You had plenty of minutes in that one sport and did a very good job there. Is that one thing that you simply’re ready for? Would you thoughts enjoying there once more if that’s the case for you?

Osman: I used to be the one who requested for Canton, to go there, as a result of earlier than Shump bought injured I didn’t have plenty of enjoying time. I stated that I wish to play each time we’ve an off day, each time I can go to play there, to run loads, to attempt to do my factor. See that I’m working right here earlier than practices. That’s why I requested to go there. I talked to [Cavaliers general manager] Koby [Altman] and he stated he supported me about that and that may be good for me.

BI: You have your individual hashtag—#TheFirstCedi—are you able to clarify the inspiration behind that and what it means?

Osman: So I’m working with one company in Turkey they usually’re doing a very good job about myself, my profile, my model (laughs). They’re doing a very good job. “The First Cedi” is as a result of my first title is Cedi and lots of people are calling me Jedi, in order that’s from Star Wars. The First Cedi—as a result of in Turkey, ‘C’ reads as a ‘J’ so Jedi. First Jedi, that’s why.

BI: That’s fairly humorous. Are you a Star Wars fan?

Osman: Yeah. I watch. But as a result of it’s like outdated films and that form of stuff, however now new films are higher.

BI: It’s a locker room stuffed with veterans right here in Cleveland. Do you’re feeling snug with everybody?

Osman: Definitely. I really feel actually snug. We have—I don’t wish to say veteran gamers—however they’re so good and they’re large, large professionals. I’ve plenty of enjoyable with them—locker room, once we go on the street, crew dinners and that form of stuff. It’s fairly cool.

The factor is, prefer it’s my first look. Overseas I’m coming to America and I used to be pondering the adjustment can be a little bit bit onerous for me, nevertheless it was really the other. From the primary day that I met these guys, they helped me loads.

BI: Is there anybody that you simply’ve gotten particularly near? You talked about Big Z earlier.

Osman: Me and Z are fairly shut. We’re talking the identical language. We performed in the identical league in Turkey. But like, I’m shut with everyone. With Channing [Frye], we’re at all times speaking concerning the video games and that stuff.

BI: Playing with LeBron—can you set that into phrases?

Osman: Look, it’s…(pauses), it’s one thing loopy. Because I used to be enjoying a sport—clearly 2K—earlier than after I was youthful, I used to be enjoying with him and that stuff. Of course, it was my dream to be an NBA participant, to play within the NBA. But once you’re enjoying on the identical crew with [Derrick] Rose, LeBron James, [Dwyane] Wade, Kevin Love, [Isaiah Thomas], it’s loopy.

I didn’t think about that I might play with these gamers. And then, I simply understand after I’m enjoying with them, the one factor that I can do is simply work loads and be taught from them.

BI: When you hear these guys discuss you in a superb mild and coach Lue provides you reward, how does that make you’re feeling?

Osman: That’s one thing actually unbelievable. I imply… from the primary day, from the media day when LeBron was in a press convention, he talked about everyone. But he talked additionally about me and he knew about Euroleague and that form of stuff, so I used to be actually blissful. I used to be actually proud and I used to be actually blissful about it. From the primary day, he was so near me. Not simply him, however everyone.

BI: What do you suppose folks have to learn about your persona? Is there something that hasn’t been stated?

Osman: Actually, nothing particular (laughs). I’m the man who at all times smiles and with plenty of power, at all times being constructive speaking to everyone, making plenty of jokes, attempting to be pleasant with everybody and crucial—I’m attempting to be a superb character.

BI: Last one—primarily based off of this dialog alone, you’ve picked up the English language so simply. Who’s helped you on that aspect of issues?

Osman: I really had plenty of American gamers abroad on my earlier crew—it was Jordan Farmar, Jamon Gordon, Derrick Brown, he additionally performed right here, there was Bryant Dunston, Jayson Granger. I performed loads with Dario Saric, too, Furkan Korkmaz. Those have been guys that have been at all times speaking English.

Just speaking to them on a regular basis. When they talked, I might simply take heed to them. I wasn’t listening to what they talked [about], however only for what sort of phrases they have been utilizing and how much sentences, the way in which they have been speaking. That’s how I realized English.

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