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Hedo Turkoglu benched after he and his virus go clubbing

Mar 29, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

Hedo Turkoglu has been too sick to play, or even practice this past last week. Stomach virus. We’ve all had those, a nasty bug that just knocks you off your feet and doesn’t let you exercise, work, do anything really…

But you still can go hit clubs up at night.

Well, my stomach viruses were never like that. But apparently Turkoglu’s was. Which is why he was dressed but on the bench Sunday. Well enough to play, finally, but disciplined by the team, according to the Globe and Mail.

The benching came in the wake of reports that Turkoglu was out in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville district after the Raptors’ crushing loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, a game he didn’t play because of a stomach virus that caused him to leave at halftime of the Raptors loss’ to the Utah Jazz last Wednesday.

When pressed, Raptors president (Raptors general manager) Bryan Colangelo said that word of Turkoglu’s night out had reached the team – apparently fans had spotted him and sent e-mails to team officials and some media – and the matter had been dealt with “internally,” the implication being that the Turkish small forward had been fined.

The best part is the apparent disdain Turkoglu later expresses for both the fans and management in Toronto. As if they are the problem.

Turkoglu — and his massive contract — have been at the heart of the problem in Toronto, where the team is coming off the rails at the end of the season. He’s never been a great defender and Toronto is just horrible at that end of the floor. On offense he is supposed to be the outside to Chris Bosh inside, but right now teams are throwing hard doubles at Bosh and daring any other Raptor to beat them. And nobody is stepping up for Toronto. Including the well-paid Turkoglu.

But you know, it’s that stomach virus.

  1. Randall - Mar 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    On behalf of the Portland Trailblazers and their fans, I’d like to thank Mr. Turkoglu for backing out of that agreement.

  2. Dan - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Geez, I hope we can get Arenas – Turk swap. At least Gil can play (when he is on).

  3. bill wood - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    On behalf of the Orlando Magic, I’d like to thank Mr. Turkoglu for not returning to the team…he’s a mercenary plain and simple.

  4. Korhan - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    We Turks handle stomach virus real well. After two hours we are ready to party. Don’t confuse us with the girly Armenians or Bulgarians. Ok, Greeks too.
    I’ll like to say a big Hi to Vassil Nikolova at Toronto. He goes to see Turkoglu play.

  5. FamousAtticus - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Clubbing is the only way Turk can forget about the mistake he made in leaving the Magic and signing with the Raptors. Yeah he’s making some nice $$$ in Toronto, but I’m sure he wouldn’t of minded making a few million less with the Magic and playing on a Championship calibre team that has the best on-off court chemistry in the NBA.

  6. Alan Dean Foster - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Eshereen koryonu kalabalikta kesme; kime erzun, der kime kisha.
    Old Turkish proverb…no matter what you do, someone will always say you did wrong.

  7. Bill - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    made me laugh …

  8. Scoot - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    “The best part is the apparent disdain Turkoglu later expresses for both the fans and management in Toronto. As if they are the problem.”
    When Turko-glue was here in Sacramento, when the Kings were at their zenith, when bobbleheads of him were hard to find, when thousands of people would line up and wait for hours to hopefully get an autograph, Turko-glue put out the vibe that he was just too important to care about anyone but himself. He didn’t thank any fans for their support (remember, he had been a King for 2 seasons), he wouldn’t take pictures with his fans, he wouldn’t sign anything for the security who were assigned to protect his sorry butt. When his hour and a half in the autograph chair was over he was out of there leaving 100 fans who already had tickets standing there.
    There were no tears cried when Turko-glue left, there’s no tears now that people in Toronto are seeing him for what he is: an arrogant, self-entitiled, loafer.

  9. Scoot - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    “The best part is the apparent disdain Turkoglu later expresses for both the fans and management in Toronto. As if they are the problem.”
    When Turko-glue was here in Sacramento, when the Kings were at their zenith, when bobbleheads of him were hard to find, when thousands of people would line up and wait for hours to hopefully get an autograph, Turko-glue put out the vibe that he was just too important to care about anyone but himself. He didn’t thank any fans for their support, he wouldn’t take pictures with his fans, he wouldn’t sign anything for the security who were assigned to protect his sorry self. When his hour and a half in the autograph chair was over he was out of there leaving 100 fans who already had tickets standing there.
    There were no tears cried when Turko-glue left, there’s no tears now that people in Toronto are seeing him for what he is: an arrogant, self-entitiled, loafer.

  10. jonni rivierra - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    The deep sigh of relief you just heard was the Orlando Magic. It seems there is always a reason when somebody gets traded or released and you say to yourself, self, what the hell are they doing that for. With Vinsanity playing great and now this too sick to play but not to party attitude from the Hedo, That whistling sound is Stan Van happy the way things have worked out.

  11. the_Gnome_ - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    As a Raptors fan, can we please get some sort of thank you cake from Trail Blazers fans?

  12. Dan - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Ever wondered if he is missed in Orlando? I don’t think so. They are doing just fine without him.
    Our GM, Mr. Desperado signed out of shape, unmotivated 31 year old FA just to keep Bosh in town. He threw 53 mil. at Turk who is border line average player at his best.
    This may be his downfall, too.

  13. Vassil Nikolova - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    You know nothing of me. Please don’t address me ever again.

  14. ED - Mar 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    He went to Toronto to live in a Turkish neighborhood and basketball
    was not the main issue.
    This was reported at signing!

  15. Dan - Mar 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    I was so happy last summer when I heard that Hedo signed for Portland. I was hoping that Colangelo will pursue Rudy Fernandez who was not happy in Portland. It was not meant to be :(
    It looks like Hedo’s signing may also cost Colangelo his job. Oh, well…I heard Nets are looking for the new GM.
    Time for fire sale in TO, folks.
    Just keep 3 young players (DeMar, Amir and Sonny). I would not mind watching these kids play every night. They have enough pride and deserve respect – even if they end up with Nets-like record.
    Blow this MOFO, already.

  16. Roy - Mar 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Lets cut all the Turkish BS, the bottom line is BC gambled and its not working. Turk is high maintenance and wants his way. If he doesn’t get his way, he is simply a pain in the ass for the organization which will have to deal with it. The writing is on the wall whereby BC will have to move him out and include a sweetner in the deal to compensate for a misjudgement he has made. Like Jermaine O’Neal, Turk will not work out and in fact he is bad chemistry for the team. So for all of the fans out there, use your head on what works verses what doesn’t work instead of nationality or culture or assumptions. He is a good player, he simply doesn’t fit into the Raptors system.

  17. Korhan - Mar 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Vassil be proud of your girly Bulgarian heritage. So what if there no no Bulgarian real man basketball player and you go to a basketball game at Toronto to watch a real man Turk play.

  18. silver_n_black - Mar 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    On behalf of the San Antonio Spurs, we would like to thank Hedo Turkoglu for signing with the Magic in ’04; not that our front office was in any ‘real’ push to re-sign him.

  19. RaptorFmOakville - Mar 29, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    It is sad that all you basketball and Toronto loving fans fail to identify the one and only real problem, that is Jay Triano. Obviously, Colangelo is equally guilty for making these miserable coaching choices twice in a row. Bottom line, I wouldn’t even let Triano coach a high school team let alone an NBA team. Put Triano on any team, perhaps except Lakers and Cavaliers because of the abundance of quality players available to them, and watch what would happen to those teams…… Triano is the worst coach I’ve ever seen. His timing on everything is pure and simple wrong. I hope he catches a stomach virus and takes an indefinite leave.

  20. maxabillionaire - Mar 29, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    It’s sure seems like Turk could give a sht wether his team is good or not. He plays little defense, he signed a max contract over playing for a contender, he complained about living in the US and then moved to the only Canadian market and he has the moustache of a child molester. I guess that last one doesnt really count but ive never met a dude with that lip stain that I liked. On behalf of the Portland Trail Blazers, we would like to thank Hedo Turkoglu for signing with the Toronto Raptors and staying the FUK out of P-Town!

  21. Bill-Sonora - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    He knew what he was doing, and leaving when he left Orlando.
    He’s an idiot.

  22. bpm - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Isnt Vassil Bulgarian?

  23. DBCooper - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Well said Randall. He’s a hell of a player, but quite a dumb-dumb for that stunt. Being a die-hard Blazer fan (since Sheed & the other trash were tossed out), I’m sure glad he ended up in Canada.

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