Trail Blazers fire coach, change roster

Trail Blazers fire coach, change roster

PORTLAND, Ore., March 15 (UPI) -- The Portland Trail Blazers dismissed Coach Nate McMillan Thursday and announced assistant Kaleb Canales would take over the job for the rest of the season.

NBA: Utah 114, Denver 111

DENVER, April 19 (UPI) -- Deron Williams had 33 points Monday and the Utah Jazz beat Denver 114-111 to grab the home court advantage in their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
NBA: Utah 103, Golden State 94

NBA: Utah 103, Golden State 94

OAKLAND, Calif., April 14 (UPI) -- Mehmet Okur scored 23 points and the Utah Jazz moved into first place in the Northwest Division Tuesday with a 103-94 victory over Golden State.

NBA: Utah 103, Washington 87

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur each pumped in 22 points, powering the Utah Jazz to a 103-87 victory over Washington Saturday.

NBA: Utah 110, Boston 97

SALT LAKE CITY, March 23 (UPI) -- Deron Williams had 22 points and 11 assists and Mehmet Okur had a huge third quarter Monday to lead the Utah Jazz to a 110-97 win over Boston.

NBA: Utah 112, Washington 89

SALT LAKE CITY, March 16 (UPI) -- Carlos Boozer scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds Monday as the Utah Jazz cruised to a 112-89 victory over Washington.

NBA: Utah 115, Detroit 104

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 10 (UPI) -- Deron Williams was one of three Utah players with 18 points Wednesday and the Jazz rode a big second quarter to a 115-104 victory over Detroit.

NBA: Utah 132, Chicago 108

CHICAGO, March 9 (UPI) -- Deron Williams connected for 28 points and dished off 17 assists Tuesday, powering the Utah Jazz to a 132-108 blowout of Chicago.

NBA: Utah 107, Los Angeles Clippers 85

SALT LAKE CITY, March 7 (UPI) -- Mehmet Okur netted 27 points while Carlos Boozer added 17 and grabbed 17 boards to spark the Utah Jazz to a 107-85 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday.

NBA: Utah 98, New Orleans 90

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Paul Millsap had 24 points and eight rebounds and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 15 boards Wednesday to lead the Utah Jazz past New Orleans 98-90.

NBA: Utah 104, Houston 95

HOUSTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Mehmet Okur's 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots paced the Utah Jazz to a 104-95 triumph over Houston Tuesday.

NBA: Utah 118, Portland 105

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A season-best 28 points from Mehmet Okur Wednesday sent Utah rolling to its seventh consecutive victory -- 118-105 over Portland.

NBA: Utah 116, New Jersey 83

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and Mehmet Okur added 20 to lead the Utah Jazz to a 116-83 thumping of the New Jersey Nets Saturday.

NBA: Utah 112, Milwaukee 95

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- C.J. Miles had 19 points and Deron Williams scored 18 to lead Utah past Milwaukee 112-95 Saturday.

NBA: Utah 97, Philadelphia 76

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Deron Williams scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer 19 for Utah Saturday in the Jazz's 97-76 win over struggling Philadelphia.
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Mehmet Okur
Utah Jazz's Mehmet Okur, right, blocks Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng's (9) shot as Jarrn Collins defends during the second quarter, November 12, 2005, in Chicago. Deng is from Sudan. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Mehmet Okur (born May 26, 1979 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is a 211 cm (6' 11") power forward/center.

Okur notes Toni Kukoč was his favorite player while he was growing up. He helped the Turkish 22-and-under national team to 6th place at the 1997 world championship. Mehmet was transferred to Efes Pilsen in 2000 and won a championship in the 2001–2002 Turkish Basketball League season. He averaged 13.5 points per game during his last season in Turkey.

Okur was selected 38th overall in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played two seasons for the Pistons from 2002/03 to 2003/04, helping Detroit win the NBA championship in June 2004. He became the first Turkish player to win an NBA championship. Due to salary cap limitations, the Pistons were unable to pay a top-level salary for Okur, but he was able to parlay his success into a six-year, US$50 million contract with the Utah Jazz.

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