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    Let's go ahead and get this out in the open. Evan Turner has a unique voice. However, before you start with the jokes you should probably know he had serious speech problems as a child that required years of speech therapy. I suspected he might've had a hearing problem when he was very young but that wasn't the reason.

    I just thought I'd acknowledge the white elephant in the room so we can all just focus on Evan Turner's game. In a great article about him, his mother describes the very difficult childhood he had and the speech problems he dealt with.

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    Perhaps it was the simple miracle that Turner lived long enough to be baptized that made Iris believe he would leave a mark. The first 12 months of Turner's life were filled with such fear and anxiety, illness and hospitalizations, that Iris didn't even christen him until his first birthday.

    "So many times, I thought he wasn't going to make it," Iris said as she watched her son play at the Garden. "People walk up to me now, strangers with articles or just to tell stories, and tell me how much they look up to my son, and I think, 'How far can this go?' For the first year of his life, I kept asking, 'Lord, when is he going to get better?'"

    A strapping 10-pound baby at birth, Turner had chicken pox, pneumonia, asthma and measles before he celebrated a birthday. When a measles epidemic swept through Chicago in the winter of 1989, Iris found her baby so ill he couldn't even cry. She called a doctor who, presumably figuring she was exaggerating, suggested she come to the office. Guided instead by her mother's instincts, Iris took him to the emergency room.

    "Doctors took one look at him and just took him away," Iris said. "They had tubes and machines and everything there in a second. He nearly died."

    Turner survived the measles but had severe breathing problems. Surgery to remove his adenoids and tonsils eventually eased the struggles, but for the first year of his life, Turner slept on his mother's chest every night because when she put him on his back in his crib, he would almost stop breathing.

    Continuing through his Job-like childhood, Turner survived being hit by a car as a 3-year-old (his mother saw him flip in the air and land on his head, but Turner walked away with just a concussion and stitches).

    He also struggled to speak as a toddler. Saddled with oversize baby teeth and a difficult overbite, he was capable of talking, but only his older brother, Darius, could understand him. Even Iris would turn to Darius for interpretation and translation from the boy who called her "Bobba" because he couldn't say "Momma."

    "I don't know what he would have done without Darius," Iris said of her two boys' special bond.

    When Evan Turner was a sickly child, his mother Iris probably didn't think she'd be watching him play big-time college basketball one day.

    Intense speech therapy helped Turner, but the sting of special classes and the frustration of not being understood left Turner reserved and insecure. "I'd be yelling, 'Darius, what does he want? What does he want?' and poor Evan would get so frustrated, he'd say, "Oh, nebber minb [mimicking the way Turner spoke]."

    "I'm still shy, but I'm not insecure anymore," Turner said. "I just know how to hide it better. When I was little, I just didn't like being around big groups of people. I would just go outside by myself and play basketball. It was almost therapeutic."
    After reading that article (and that's only a small snippet of the difficulties that he's had to overcome), I certainly have a greater appreciation for his determination and commitment to play basketball at the top level of the game and be one of the best players in the league. I loved his game while with Ohio State and I think he could have a really good career with the Pacers.
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    Older brothers or sisters can always understand their little brothers and sisters.

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    I just thought I'd acknowledge the white elephant in the room.
    The only joke I'd make is... why would it be a cause for a gift exchange? Heehee. Thanks for posting though.

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    I think his voice is cool.
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    The only joke I'd make is... why would it be a cause for a gift exchange? Heehee. Thanks for posting though.

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    His voice seems better than when he was at Ohio State. Before, I always thought he had a hearing problem like Tamika Catchings. Great story on how much he's over come, anyway, I don't care how he talks as long as he plays good basketball.
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    My little bro and I had a similar situation growing up. He had hearing issues and didn't talk untill his second time in 1st grade. So, I have a soft spot for this type of chidhood. It's a lot to overcome.

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    Older brothers or sisters can always understand their little brothers and sisters.
    Indeed. My twin brother's got an articulation disorder, it's nowhere near as pronounced as it was but when we were kids it was bad enough that he had to carry a pen and paper he had to occasionally use. When we were young it was pretty frustrating when people couldn't understand him. I understood he didn't talk like everybody else but I couldn't understand why so many other people didn't know what he was saying.

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    I'm deaf. His voice sounds as good as anyone else's to me.

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    Even Moses had to drag his brother around because of his speech impediment. Trust me, the riber of bloob was something to be feared.
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    Weird. I honestly never noticed that his voice was "weird"
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    With a nickname like The Villain, I expect nothing less.

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    I thought it was weird, but never thought it had anything to do with a speech problem. He's pretty well spoken and comfortable around cameras from I've seen, besides the whole "MOTHER F'ERRRRRRRR" thing.

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    He kinda sounds like Andrew Luck, who kinda sounds like Andre the Giant.
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    I thought this was going to be about Meatwad from ATHF.

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    Wow, he had a rough start.

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    Indeed. My twin brother's got an articulation disorder, it's nowhere near as pronounced as it was but when we were kids it was bad enough that he had to carry a pen and paper he had to occasionally use. When we were young it was pretty frustrating when people couldn't understand him. I understood he didn't talk like everybody else but I couldn't understand why so many other people didn't know what he was saying.
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    Even Moses had to drag his brother around because of his speech impediment. Trust me, the riber of bloob was something to be feared.

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    He kinda sounds like Andrew Luck, who kinda sounds like Andre the Giant.

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    Weird. I honestly never noticed that his voice was "weird"
    I never said it was weird. I said it was unique.

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    Even Moses had to drag his brother around because of his speech impediment. Trust me, the riber of bloob was something to be feared.
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    It sounds like he talks out of his nose...nasally and with an echo. Did they say he had speech therapy? I would have to assume he's had that. Edit: OK...I see he had intense speech therapy. Hmmm.

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    I noticed it, too. Reminds me of how a Gnome would speak. Pretty cool.

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    Anyone who makes jokes about his speech is an *******.


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    ^^ Nobody has. Frankie says relax.

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