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Old 02-05-2011, 01:33 PM   #27 (permalink)

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The article seems incredibly biased against the Raptors.

Two weeks ago, and after having had just enough of his team medical's team criminal neglect, Kleiza made up his mind and told Raptors that he refused to play until the pain is completely gone. Not only the Raptors administration did not take his claims seriously but they were dissatisfied with his "unprofessional behaviour", still insisting that the injury was "nothing serious".
The rest of the story is quite known, by this time. Having in mind that Toronto Raptors did the exact same to Jorge Garbajosa, the outcome of the story should be of no surprise to anyone. Furthermore, if one examines the way the Canadian team, treated the player, regarding the possibility of him playing for Spanish NT, the Lithuanian fans should have no illusions of Kleiza playing in Eurobasket 2011, even if he is rehabilitated on time.
Just a note: Toronto Raptors sued Spanish Basketball Federation after Garbajosa chose to play for Spain NT, rebelling against the club. Not only that, but they purposely and systematically bullied him by not giving him playing time, prior to Eurobasket 2007. Another European player who was despotised by the NBA franchise was Turkish star Hedo Turkoglu.
An additional example of Raptors' treatment towards European players is Predrag Stojakovic. The player who joined the club just months ago had accumulated fluid in his knee, which in turn got swollen. Despite that the club insisted he was in position to play, but unlike Kleiza, Stojakovic refused to play. The club perceived that move as a blackmail and traded him off.
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