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Hedo Turkoglu on Toronto: "Something is wrong with that organization"

Aug 1, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for turkoglu_game.jpgHedo Turkoglu got his wish — the Raptors traded him out of Toronto to the Phoenix Suns.

But on his way out the door Turkoglu keeps taking shots at the Raptors. Classy.

Sunday there was a needlessly vindictive series of comments with Turkoglu spoke with FoxSportsArizona.com.

“People have to realize something is wrong with that organization and nobody wants to go there any more,” he said in a phone interview from Turkey, where he is captaining the Turkish national team at the World Championships. “It’s not just the players who see this.”

What prompted the latest blast was Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo taking a parting shot at Chris Bosh last week, suggesting the power forward may have mentally checked out on the team. (Which it pretty much looked like he did, but Bosh says that is not the case.)

“It’s funny that people will talk behind your back,” Turkoglu said of Colangelo. “If he was feeling this way, why not have the guts to say it during the season? Why not say it to Chris? Now that Chris has left, it’s not nice to say those things.

“Chris has been a franchise player and he did a lot of good things for the Raptors,” Turkoglu added. “I don’t think Chris is the type of player to quit on his teammates.”

Turkoglu has not exactly taken the high road here. He wanted out of town and Colangelo found a way to make that happen. Turkoglu gets to go to a team that made it to the Western Conference finals last year. He gets to play alongside Steve Nash. But Turkoglu has some residual anger left over, apparently, and took his pot shots before going with the cliché “I’m just looking forward” statements.

Colangelo was given the chance to respond, he decided to take the high road.

“Toronto is a world class city, the Raptors are a terrific organization and we have tremendous basketball fans that recognize and appreciate hard work and a commitment to winning from management and players alike,” he said.

  1. banner18 - Aug 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    No Hedo, something was wrong with the way you played last year after you got your big contract.

  2. LogicMan - Aug 1, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    As Bugs Bunny used to say, “What a maroon” (what a moron)
    (What a maroon, what an ignoranimous
    http://www.barbneal.com/wav/ltunes/Bugs/Bugs34.wav)
    Cheers

  3. bias - Aug 1, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    A little clearly less biased writing would go a long way. There wasn’t all this personal undermining of Colangelo by the writer in the story about Colangelo’s shots at bosh, why would you spend so much effort undermining Turkoglu while reporting his shots at the Raptors’ management? It’s not because one seems like it could be true and the other doesn’t. There’s just as much, if not more, reason to believe that the Raptors’ management is scaring away current and potential players than there is that Bosh quit on his team at the end of the season. The Raptors have not been good for a long time and the blame has to lie with management.
    Just reporting the story without interweaving the subjective bias might gain some credibility.

  4. TLK - Aug 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    There’s something wrong with the Raptors Organization obviously, people in Toronto been saying this, they get players like Turkoglu who doesn’t wanna play hard and give them max money LOL. Raptors need new owners, and the Raptors are far from being serious in winning. MLSE just playing the game like they do with the leafs. Colangelo gotta go, his philosophy just ain’t working up here. Everything he says to me is just BS Talk

  5. AJ - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    I’m glad that Turkoglu got that out now and not during the season, where it would probably be a distraction.

  6. That U - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Fixed it for you: “Colangelo took the high road this time”

  7. Zack - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    The guy who sat out a game then went clubbing is saying something is wrong with the team?

  8. playme - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    It was painful to see Turkoglu play last year. His disinterest and lacksadaze attitude plus grabbing at women’s cameras in yorkville bars was a disgrace. Colangelo screwed up signing this stiff, but Turkoglu didn’t win many fans in Toronto. Good riddance to this FLOP.
    btw Toronto IS a great city and far greater now that it got rid of this loser.

  9. Larry - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Orlando offered Hedo 3 years at 25 M and he isn’t worth more. Toronto made a mistake by picking up Turkey Glue for 11 M a year. He should have got the MLE.
    It’s quite obvious that Bosh had checked out months ago, about the All-star break even though he told Cooangelo he very well might stay. Colangeloo, one of the most honest GMs in the league believed he might stay and didn’t try and pull off a sign and trade with Houston or Dallas or LA at the time. All wanted him and had assets to return to Toronto. Colangelo took Bosh’s word at the time that he really still wanted to stay in Toronro, but that was just a fabrication. Bosh was out 7 games at season’s end with a minor ankle sprain while his team was fighting for a playoff spot, while Amare Stoudemire started the season recovering from a detached retina and having had 3 knee surgeries. He played all 96 Suns games and carried them to the 3rd seed in the West. I know who has heart and who doesn’t.
    It’s hard for Toronto to sign top free agents in Canada snd keep the ones they have. Colangelo’s deal is up in a year I believe and I think he will leave and be in demand. He built the Phoenix team that won an average of 58 games a season while D’Antoni was there. He knows how to draft. Nash at #15, Marion at #9 Amare at #9 and Barbosa at #29, and he stole Joe Johnson from Boston for 2 reserves and got a #1 pick in that deal too.

  10. PistolPete - Aug 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Taking shots at players isn’t going to help Colangelo.
    Amare was vying for a new contract (max at that); obviously that has a lot to his playing last season.
    Bosh and Turk are no model players; but Colangelo deserves some blame as well.

  11. tdot11 - Aug 2, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Colangelos problem was that he sticks to and bring in too many players with no character and poor leadership skills. He gets praise every year for what he does on paper before the season begins and is left to correct his mistakes year after year. He was right when he said you cant build around Bosh, should have traded him at the deadline for young talent.

  12. Sguy2130 - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    This guy is taking unfair shots at the Raptors GM. Colangelo obviously wanted to resign Bosh. How dumb would he look if he publicly criticized Bosh for mentally checking out when his primary offseason goal was to resign him?
    Hedo should just be happy and thankful he got his outrageous contract and was moved from a situation he didn’t like (which he brought himself into), but instead he takes shots…what a dunce.
    The Raptors and Cavs just got the memo too late that Bosh and Lebron are scumbags who planned on leaving a long time ago.
    Btw, I’m def not a Raptors fan.

  13. rapsman - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Hedo Jerkoglu should just shut his trap already. This loser keeps ripping TO for no reason, he’s looking to blame everybody but himself for his poor performance last season, he should just be happy he got traded to play with Steve Nash who makes everyone look better. Bosh showed his imaturity in the way he handled the free agency situation but should not be mentioned in the same breath as the classless Jerkoglu. Toronto is the 4th biggest city in North America, dont get it twisted folks, TO is a BIGtime city that NBAers love visiting. As BC said we have fans who appreciate hard work and effort, and thats why Jerkoglu is gone.

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