I think I can hear Bryan whispering quietly to himself sitting at his desk with his head between his hands: "But I never saw this coming...All I wanted was a team with 50-plus wins. I even signed the best free agent last summer."
At the same time, Hedo is watching his daughter sleep with his wife Banu in Turkey and wondering why people stopped saying things like "Banu for MVP!" or "Give Hedo the ball" just 40 days into the season.
Chris, on the other hand, is brainstorming with his entourage to find a way to beat the shocking headline the Turk had created, and regain his crown as the most spoken subject in Toronto. He mumbles: "Maybe I shall ask it on Craigslist this time..."
Meanwhile a Toronto fan is filling his daily quote of posting/saying/discussing things like "Who sucked the most this year?" and "Who shall we boo first next season?"
What is the one common thing these four guys would be thinking right now? They all think they have very little part in the failure, and they think they tried their best under the circumstances.
They all appear to be accepting responsibility (except for the fans), but none of them really believe some of their actions at least hurt us, especially during the push for playoffs.
This preseason even some of the cynical ones were hopeful that Hedo Turkoglu, along with the other new additions, would help this team go somewhere. Some admitted and some didn't.
In the end that's what everybody wanted, for this team to go somewhere.
Colangelo might have gotten his third NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2011. He was fortunate enough to kick-start his career in a franchise that his father used to own. He took high risks and everything worked for him.
Then he accepted MLSE's offer to become the GM of Toronto Raptors. He needed this gig to really prove himself as a GM and escape from this father's shadows.
Bosh might have stayed in Toronto, a city I believe he is very fond of. He wouldn't be able to be Batman on a real contending team and didn't like the idea of being someone else's Robin.
Almost every basketball fan knows who Scottie Pippen is, but everyone knows who Michael Jordan is. If Toronto had a more successful season, he would have seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and might have put more weight on staying here.
Hedo might have been a fan favorite. Torontonians might have been racing to take him to the clubs and buy him shots. After all, he was a high profile free agent who "chose" to come to Toronto.
He could have proven himself to be more than a system player, even an All-Star caliber small forward. He could have made people understand that he would add value to whichever team he plays for.
Fans might have finally gotten over their abandonment issues. They might have understood why they start criticizing talents as soon as they land at the airport, so that when they leave, the fans would appear to be the ones who didn't want them in the first place.
Fans also might have understood hockey and basketball are actually two different sports. That a person should not be expected to play with broken orbital bones or stomach viruses, but instead see them putting their hearts on the line in different aspects of the game.
Me? I think there is a chance that those things can still happen. Time will tell...
An NBA fan after reading this article wonders for a second if all the Turkish names are 4 letters and follows the same pattern right after thinking of Utah's Memo (Okur). Then she/he immediately remembers Ersan Ilyasova and chuckles.