EuroLeague Final Four MVP Ekpe Udoh is going to give the NBA another crack after he inked a two-year deal with the Utah Jazz last week, leaving Fenerbahce.
Udoh joined the Turkish giants in 2015 from the Los Angeles Clippers. He also had spells with Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks.
But after two years in Istanbul, Udoh heads back to the States. The American big man wrote a touching letter to the Fenerbahce fans on Euroangle.
To My Fenerbahce Fans and my Turkish Fans
This is going to be a tough one. I have so much love for you all and have grown so much the last two years being a part of the Fenerbahce family. However, the time has come for me to move forward and continue my career in the NBA. This decision has been weighing on me for the past couple years if I was given the chance to play in the NBA again…. Please understand that I want this opportunity more than anything in life right now. I will strive to be better than I was in my first stint in the NBA. I want to be able to say that I can play and compete in the best league in the world.
This decision is solely about competing at the highest level at a game that I love. But the reality is that Fenerbahce and Turkey rekindled my love for basketball. You all helped me become “me” again. For that I am forever grateful.
For my youngins, please be the best person that you can be and strive for greatness. Don’t let anybody tell you that you cannot do something. No matter if you have to take the long route, it will will be worth at the end.
After every season, I plan on coming back to Turkey to see y’all. Soccer matches, basketball camps, and dinners because without y’all, I wouldn’t be here!!!