Hunting the elusive Ersan Ilyasova

Updated: May 5, 2005, 12:25 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

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BURSA, Turkey – Twenty-six hours, 5,365 miles; one never-ending plane ride from JFK to Istanbul; one small mishap in the largest mosque in Turkey; one ferry across the Sea of Marmara; and a harrowing drive through the winding streets of Turkey that could've passed for a Disney thrill ride. Two hours too late.

International NBA scouting often comes down to being in the right place at exactly the right time. They are ghost chasers. A small ...

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