The problem with Turkoglu wanting out of Toronto
"When the circumstances turned against me, I lost my enthusiasm for this city. My lawyers have talked to the front office recently. Honestly, I do not want to go back to Toronto," Turkoglu told his Turkish interviewers.
"My lawyers talked to Mr. Colangelo and I hope that they will come up with a solution soon. During this process I talked to [Raptors head coach] Jay Triano several times. I promised him that whether he starts me or not, I will do my best on the court. However, if I had a more temperamental personality, I would have left the team. Yet, I did exactly the opposite. I did my best. I told him that I have no problems with him. I am not a young player, so it’s not a big deal for me to come off the bench," said Turkoglu.
HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: He arrived at training camp out of shape, played poorly all season, and, in general, showed a lack of professionalism.
Of course, just one year ago Hedo Turkoglu picked the Toronto Raptors as an unrestricted free agent, signing a controversial $55 million, multi-year deal.
There are two issues with his change of heart. First, the Turkish swing made his bed with the Raptors and must lie in it. In this economy, a trade or buyout isn’t happening.
Second, Turkoglu, like many free agents, took the most money without fully considering his situation. Simply put, Toronto isn’t an easy market. Media and fans will call players on their you-know-what. And airing grievances to foreign reporters isn’t the answer, either.
Turkoglu and Toronto are stuck together. It’s time for the player to swallow hard and fulfill his end of the bargain.
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