My new favorite opponent:
Speaking of Battle and Turner, they have become good friends. They text a lot during the season and had a big time of it Wednesday night at the hotel hanging out.
“Yeah, he’s my boy,” Battle said. “He’s cool, man. Laid-back. Funny. Enjoys having fun.”
The friendship started when Turner heard about Battle’s mother, Denise, going to the hospital with what was thought at the time to be a possible heart attack.
“It hit the papers, and he read about it,” Battle said. "He wrote me a letter, just telling me to keep my head up, that he enjoyed the way I played the game and things like that.
The bond strengthened on the World University Games team both played on last summer.
And when Turner heard about Battle’s mother it struck a chord from when his own mother fell ill when he was in high school. That’s part of what spurred the letter.
“For him to do that and go out of his way,” Battle said, “that showed what kind of person he was and we became friends.”
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