Hedo Turkoglu needs to learn to keep his mouth shut. For a guy who averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game last season after signing a $53 million contract to play for the Toronto Raptors, Hedo is doing a lot of talking.
After having gone on Turkish television and demanding a trade from the Toronto Raptors in early June, the Turkish forward, and now member of the Phoenix Suns, did a radio interview over the weekend for FoxSportsArizona.com from his native Turkey in which he lamented: “People have to realize something is wrong with that organization and nobody wants to go there anymore,” said Turkoglu of his former team. “It’s not just the players who see this.”
Given the fact that just over a year ago Turkoglu backed out of an agreement with the Portland Trailblazers to sign with the Raptors, his comments now seem like little more than sour grapes from a player who essentially made his own bed in Toronto.
He went on to defend his former teammate Chris Bosh in the interview by claiming:
“It’s funny that people will talk behind your back. 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.” Turkoglu added that Bosh has been a franchise player and has done a lot of good things for the team, “I don’t think Chris is the type of player to quit on his teammates.”
This little bit of irony is hard to swallow coming from a guy who LITERALLY quit on his teammates and Raptors' fans on public television in ANOTHER COUNTRY. It's doubly hard to swallow when you consider the events that led up to his trade demands.
"Quit" might actually be the wrong word to describe Hedo Turkoglu's actions. You need to actually show up before you can quit.
Turkoglu showed his true colours from the very beginning in Toronto. He sat out of season workouts and training camp because he was "tired" from playing for the Turkish National team the summer before. This lead to him starting the season rusty and out of game shape.
As the season progressed his play could be best described as "pedestrian" before he called in "sick," with a stomach virus for a game against Denver, only to be seen later that night hanging out with some visiting buddies at a Toronto nightclub. He was benched the next game and rightfully booed by fans for playing "hooky" on a very important game against a very tough opponent.
In the interview in June in which he demanded a trade from the Raptors, Turkoglu made it very clear why he wanted out of Toronto.
"When the circumstances turned against me, I lost my enthusiasm for this city. . . Honestly, I do not want to go back to Toronto. My lawyers talked to (Colangelo) and I hope that they will come up with a solution soon."
He also added in that interview...
"I have been playing in the league more than 10 years now and that was the first time that I was booed by our own fans. For that reason, it was unbelievable. It was so bad; I hope nobody should have to experience something like that. It must be the most shameful things that could have happened."
Aw, "Muffin"... did Raptors' fans hurt your feelings?
Remember folks, this is coming from a "man" who, while in another country, gave a U.S. radio interview accusing Bryan Colangelo of being "gutless" for not airing his grievances with Chris Bosh personally!
Seriously... who do you think you're fooling here Hedo?
Toronto sports fans are educated sports fans. They will not fall for the musings of a gutless, whiny, little hypocrite like Hedo Turkoglu. If he didn't like being booed in Toronto before... he ain't seen nothing yet!
There has been a lot of discussion about who is now "public enemy No. 1" in Raptor-land. Especially after the events surrounding Chris Bosh both leading up to, and following his announcement that he was joining LeBron and D-Wade in Miami. As far as I am concerned it shouldn't Chris Bosh or Tracy McGrady, or even Vince Carter anymore. I think it's safe to say that after his incessant "jaw flapping" this past summer, Hedo Turkoglu has rightfully earned his spot at the top of that list.