Turk Telekom Ankara geared up for the new 7DAYS EuroCup season by putting Erdem Can, a former assistant with the club, at the head of the bench. Erdem, 41, was an assistant coach at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul for nine years before spending the last one as an assistant coach with Utah of the NBA. During his time with Fenerbahce under Simone Pianigiani, Ertugrul Erdogan, Zeljko Obradovic and Igor Kokoskov, Can was part of teams that won the 2016-17 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague while reaching five Final Fours in a row. Fenerbahce also won four Turkish League and three Turkish Cup titles with Can on the bench.
Turk Telekom tabs Can for the bench
Can started his career with Turk Telekom in his native Ankara in 2008 as an assistant coach. In his only other head coaching job until now, Can coached Oline Edirne for two seasons in the Turkish League, including a seventh-placed finish in the first of those, 2010-11. At Turk Telekom, Can replaces Henrik Rodl, who joined the team at mid-season and led it to an appearance in the eighthfinals.