"It's not my choice to be traded or not, you know?" Turner said. "So if it happens, it happens. . . . What I want doesn't matter. If it did, life would be way different."
As he sat in his locker stall prior to his first game back home, Charlotte Hornets rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not have the look of someone still shaking off the effects of a recent concussion.
No, this time Gilchrist, who just finished doing an interview with a reporter from a Kentucky University basketball website, was dealing with something else.
"I'm a little bit nervous right now," said Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft who grew up in Somerdale. "I've got about two- or three-hundred people here to see me."
Kidd-Gilchrist then paused, smiled, and continued.
"But this is fun," he said of his return home. "I used to come here to see [Allen Iverson] when I was young. I've got my mom here and my family watching me. This is great."
Kidd-Gilchrist missed a pair of games after suffering a concussion in the fourth quarter of a loss to Houston last week. Averaging 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 blocks, he returned to the court Friday, just in time to be a part of the Bobcats' blowing a 20-point second-half lead at home in a 100-93 loss to the Lakers.
Kidd-Gilchrist is one of three Philly-area players on the Bobcats. Episcopal Academy's Gerald Henderson starts alongside Kidd-Gilchrist and is averaging 12.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Friends' Central's Hakim Warrick averages 6.9 points and 3.2 minutes off the bench.
The Bobcats came into Saturday's contest on a six-game losing streak and sporting the worst record in the league (11-38).