Mehmet Okur Returns to Jazz from Turkey

Diana AllenCorrespondent INovember 17, 2008

Mehmet Okur has returned from Turkey. Okur left the Jazz for Turkey a week ago to be with his ailing father. When he was assured by his father's doctors that his father's condition had stabilized, "Memo" returned to Utah Sunday.

Okur's return could not have come at a better time for Utah. The Jazz finished 1-4 on a five-game road trip. They were also missing Deron Williams (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (finger), and Matt Harpring (infection) for most of the trip. 

The Jazz hope to start their winning ways again tonight against Phoenix. It has been reported Okur will not play tonight. Williams said he will not play, either, and Matt Harpring is listed as a game-time decision. Andrei Kirilenko will play tonight after missing two games with his strained finger.