Bojan Bogdanovic escaped from Turkey during the attempted military coup

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The failed Turkish military coup four days ago has affected hundreds of thousands of people involved with the nation in one way or another.

There were concerns over the safety of new Orlando Magic man Serge Ibaka as he was holidaying on the Mediterranean coast. However, he put any worries to bed with his tweet.

Another NBA star, the Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic, was also in the country when the fighting broke out. Having helped Croatia qualify for the Olympics, the swingman took a few days off in Turkey before joining the nation's training camp.

He and his partner were at the coastal resort area of the Bodrum Peninsula, unfortunately, that was the same location as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The events that transpired were translated by Nets Daily following a report from Greek sports talk radio station

"Turkish air force planes flew low overhead and Erdogan claims dropped bombs on the hotel where plotters believed he was staying.

"Time to leave. Eurohoops and report Bogdanovic got out via boat, crossing the Aegean to the Greek Island of Rhodes with the help of his agent and Greek team officials on the Rhodes end.

"The “escape” was arranged via his agent in collaboration with the team manager of the Greek team Colossus, George Gkotzogiannis and a member of the club board. The trip between Bodrum Peninsula and Rhodes takes an hour. The 27-year-old Croatian arrived safe, spend a few hours in Rhodes and then left for Zagreb, the Croatian capital. He heads to South America this week for the Olympics."

Thankfully the Croatian and his partner made it to Greece safe and sound, but we can only imagine the range of emotions they would have felt as they tried to escape the country. Luckily, Bojan can now concentrate on helping Croatia claim a medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Brooklyn Nets
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