So, this Turkey Doesn’t Like Toronto, eh?
Who the heck does Hedo Turk-a-who? think he is?
Hedo Turkoglu tells Turkish TV that he is done playing NBA basketball in Toronto and would like to be traded. Really? How valuable is a poor playing, party-too-much, no-loyalty whiner worth? Less when you go public with your trade demands…
I guess I am pretty much okay with that, even with Toronto all but losing Chris Bosh to free agency.
Any player making the kind of money today’s professional athletes garner, playing a game, should not be surprised when fans have expectations of them. I have expectations…
I want a player who gives it their all, plays through pain, is a role model and leads by example. You don’t have to be the best at your craft but you do have to be one of the hardest workers.
Hence my frustration with the Toronto Raptors and with Good ‘Ol Hedo.
He just never looked like he was trying.
What’s that Hedo? “Ball” You say?!?
Is that all you could muster for a city dying to support this team, hoping you could be the piece of the puzzle to get them to the next level.
Well “Ball”, indeed.
I think Toronto Life hit the nail on the head when speculating as to why Hedo want to take his ball and go home;
“Turkoglu was fined last season after he was caught out and about in Yorkville immediately after missing a game due to what he claimed was a stomach virus. The punishment left him unimpressed. “If I had a more temperamental personality, I would have left the team,” said Turkoglu, who also reneged on a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers last summer in favour of Toronto. “When the circumstances turned against me, I lost my enthusiasm for this city.”
As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going to a city with more money and better parties.”
So by tipping his hat and all but demanding out of this city, what does that do to Raps GM Bryan Colangelo? With other teams knowing the Raptors need an out of this pickle – a player signing just for the dollars, not producing and being unhappy when being called out – then return is going to be diminished.
Thank you Hedo for speaking up and demanding out before the Raps fans turfed you out. If you don’t want to be here, please don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Maybe you could come back to party!
Hopefully your next employer will be more tolerant of your carefree attitude, and allow you to skip games and still party, and in return you can provide better interviews and respect the fans and team that is over-paying you play this game.