Sixers’ Furkan Korkmaz apologizes to Kyle O’Quinn for not getting him triple-double
Philadelphia 76ers big man Kyle O’Quinn was a point away from notching the first triple-double of his career. However, Sixers teammate Furkan Korkmaz unintentionally prevented him from doing so. But O’Quinn revealed that his Kormaz has apologized and they’re all good.
O’Quinn stepped in for the injured Joel Embiid in the Sixers’ 130-117 loss to the Phoenix Suns. He had a good game: nine points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He had a chance to record a triple-double with 45 seconds left. But Korkmaz, who literally had to make the easiest pass to him under the rim, wasn’t aware that he was about to reach the milestone. Good thing that O’Quinn wasn’t looking to pad his stats.
“I don’t think Furk knew, I knew, but I didn’t want to look like I was trying to get it,” said O’Quinn, per Ky Carlin of USA Today. “I don’t want to look like one of those guys running in, miss a layup, just to get a rebound, and put it back so Furk was playing the game. I would much rather us play in the flow than force me the ball. He came to me after the game and he apologized in the most sincere way so I guess me and him are good.”
Kyle O'Quinn got his 10th rebound, giving him 9 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with 45 seconds left, leaving him a point shy of his first career trip-dub.
On the VERY NEXT POSSESSION, Furkan Korkmaz dribbles into a 3 instead of making this pass. pic.twitter.com/u189hpsIx3
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) August 11, 2020
O’Quinn reiterated that the triple-double wouldn’t really mean anything since the Sixers were down big. Not to mention that they were en route to losing the game. Be that as it may, O’Quinn proved his mettle that game. His performance that night might just pave the way for more minutes.