Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 3:06 pm  |  16 responses

Turkish Players Paid $700K each for Winning Silver Medal

Semih Erden tells ESPN that he earned nearly double the amount from playing for Turkey this summer in the World Championship than he will for riding the pine in Boston all season long: “Erden told me that each of the players on the Turkish National Team that won the silver medal at last month’s World Championship received a bonus of 1 million Turkish Lira (about $700,000) along with a free villa/apartment, courtesy of a wealthy Turkish real estate mogul who wanted to reward them for their success. The members of the gold-medal winning Team USA were paid $25,000 apiece, Andre Iguodala said.  Erden, the NBA equivalent of the NFL’s Mr. Irrelevant as the 60th (and final) pick in the 2008 NBA draft, is expected to earn $473,604 during his rookie season this year. So for 10 games with the national squad, he’ll earn roughly 167% of his rookie salary (which could involve as many as 100 games between preseason, regular season, and playoffs).”

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  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Congrats Semih. Now go party like a rockstar.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    no sympathy from me.

  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    It makes sense, since most European players don’t even make nowhere near NBA players do, so it’s nice to see them rewarded for their efforts. 25$ thousand for NBA players must be something to laugh about, what’s that to them, pocket change? Glad to see Turkish mogul rewarding his players and taking care of them.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    congrats turks

  • Sparty’s Law

    In a related story, Hedo Turkoglu was recently spotted attempting to consume $700,000 worth of donuts in one sitting.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/features/overdribbling chiqo

    think how much more he;s getting paid that his future d-league comrades.

  • PapaBearATL

    Most NBA ballers spend 25K on a watch, lol!

  • MikeC.

    Maybe this is why Iverson wants to go to Turkey so bad. He thinks he can get a piece of this action. Are there casinos in Turkey?

  • louisianimal

    i thot they were saying the medals cost them 700k from the title lol

  • Ronald

    @RickyRude: You sure about that? European players get paid equally well especially when you take into consideration that they get their taxes taken care of.

  • Boss

    Gambling is illegal in Turkey, you idiot!

  • Boss


    There are no player unions in Europe. The contracts are not that guaranteed. Contracts are mostly 1-2 years except for some big stars.

  • Brickshooting J

    Funny heading: on first sight it seemed like the players payed that amount.

  • Coney Islander

    I Europe Ballers are payed like gladiators! lol

  • Jumper

    Are there bowling alleys in Turkey that AI can launch chairs at people in?

  • http://turkishyouthL.L.baseball servet kucuk

    Where theirs sports money money follows.