Cedi Osman, the founder of Cedi Osman Academy, the national basketball player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, said about the Pizza Bulls Cedi Osman Basketball Team, which will start to compete in the Turkish Basketball 2nd League as of this season, “If only we had made it to the Super League. And we still want to keep our goal and give only local players a chance. Their development is very important to us. Because there are so many talented players, but they can’t find a chance, they get lost. We are opening a door for them. We will give them a chance to do the best they can.”
The Pizza Bulls Cedi Osman Basketball Team, which was established with the cooperation of Cedi Osman Academy and Pizza Bulls and will compete in the Turkish Basketball 2nd League from this season, was introduced. After the launch in the Şile district of Istanbul, Cedi Osman, the founder of Cedi Osman Academy, and Cavit Can Kırbeyi, CEO of Pizza Bulls, made statements to the press.
“WE WAS A BIG DREAM TOGETHER WITH MY BROTHER”
Expressing that he is very happy to realize the Pizza Bulls Cedi Osman Basketball Team project, Cedi Osman said, “It was a big dream of mine together with my brother. At first, we did not have a team goal when we were establishing the academy, but when everything went well, our dreams grew. Finally, we formed the A team, which is our biggest dream. Thank you very much to Mr. Cavit and his team here. It will be a great collaboration. Our way is very long. Our A team will be both very talented and successful. These types of projects take time. Everything will be fine with time. I hope everything will be fine,” he said.
“ONE DAY WE WILL BE IN THE SUPER LEAGUE”
Saying that their biggest goal is to give local players a chance, Cedi Osman stated that they are not in a hurry to “Let’s play in the Super League right away” and said, “Our biggest goal right now is to give local players a chance. Developing them. If they can go to bigger clubs, if they can go abroad, we are happy. So we will say that we have been successful and we will be happy. Our biggest goal is to develop good characters along with developing players. Hopefully we will be able to do that. Of course, we want to go to the Super League. We need a lot of time for this, but I firmly believe that one day we will be there.”
“I WANT TO BUILD A GREAT FACILITY AFTER 4-5 YEARS”
Noting that they will never give up on their mission to give local players a chance even if they compete in the Basketball Super League in the future, Osman said, “Even though we made it to the Super League, we still want to keep our goal and give only local players a chance. Their development is very important to us. Because there are so many talented players, but they can’t find a chance, they get lost. We are opening a door for them. We will give them a chance to do the best they can. Our biggest goal is to establish a large facility after 4-5 years. Only belonging to Cedi Osman Academy. We will set up a development camp there every year. It’s very important to us, to me. We need a little more time for him, but our goal will always be to help Turkish players,” he said.
“ALPEREN AND ÖMER’S PERFORMANCES IN THE SUMMER LEAGUE MADE US VERY PROUD”
Lastly, the young players Alperen Şengün and Ömer Faruk Yurtseven, who have achieved great performances in the NBA Summer League, made him very proud, and said: “I am very happy. The performances of Alperen and Ömer, especially in the Summer League, made us very proud and very happy. Sertaç put it on himself every year and went to Barcelona. A great success indeed. I am very happy for them. Hopefully everything will be even better. I hope we see Sertaç in the NBA. Why shouldn’t another Turkish player be there? The work they do is truly amazing.”
CAVİT CAN KIRBEYI: WE THINK WE CAN DO GOOD WORK TOGETHER
Pizza Bulls CEO Cavit Can Kırbeyi underlined that they attach great importance to basketball as a company and said, “We had projects, but of course, Cedi Osman’s willingness to cooperate with us made us very honored and proud. A world brand itself. We are also a brand of Turkey. We think we will do great things together. We, as Pizza Bulls, want to serve basketball for many years. They are working on very good infrastructure, we support that infrastructure as well. Our A team starts in the 2nd League. Hopefully, we will bring this team to a very good place. As a company, we will always be behind this team.”
“THE AGREEMENT IS ONE YEAR BUT I THINK IT WILL LAST MANY LONG YEARS”
Kırbeyi stated that the agreement was for one year, but that this project would take many more years and said, “We had a very good electricity, whether it was Cedi or his team. They look very professional, and we look very professional. They also love this country very much, and we love this country very much. I believe that together with Cedi Osman and his team, we will do great things for many years.”