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Old 03-29-2010, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't mince works Mike, tell us what you really think.

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Hedo quit – I mean, stopped playing – at halftime of the Utah Jazz game last Wednesday, didn’t practice Thursday, met with team doctors Friday, who apparently agreed he should be kept out the game against Denver. He also didn’t make it through practice Saturday.

Now, sick is sick, though four days off for an upset stomach seems like a stretch for an elite athlete paid absolutely enormous amounts of money to be in the peak of health and fitness at all times. And as I wrote last week, sick or not, Turkoglu has a credibility problem. By not giving the impression that he’s living or dying with every win or loss, or even suggesting he notices, he’s given license to people to go: “Ya right” whenever he’s sick or hurt or whatever.

Which makes it all too perfect that Friday night Turk is feeling a bit peckish, and heads out to Yorkville for a bite to eat after the Raptors get what heart they have broken by the Denver Nuggets, only to be seen by some fans who wonder why someone too sick to work is out for dinner, and respectfully inquire about the issue, raising the question through some media and team management.

Well.

Enough’s enough, apparently. And Turkoglu gets fined and benched for the Raptors collapse in Miami last night.

And for what it’s worth, when I asked him about it before the game, Turkoglu denied he was out and then started complaining about how he’s been getting targeted for this stuff all year.

Sigh. Where do you start with this? Seriously.

It’s apparent Colangelo and Triano screwed this up from the start. Both are smart, dedicated people, but they chose the wrong guy to give the benefit of the doubt to in the early going, and have been paying for it ever since. The word out of Orlando was that Turkoglu needed to be constantly poked, prodded, pushed and pulled to get him to deliver his best. It’s not clear that’s what’s happened here.

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And Bosh?

He’s been terrible since the All-Star break, and whispers around the team attribute it to everything from his new and New York-based girlfriend having his ear to him going to Dallas for All-Star and coming back having decided to move on and going into “protect my numbers and don’t get hurt mode”. Or maybe he’s preoccupied with getting his tattoo finished.

In any case, for years he was cautious about calling out his teammates and his coaches, preferring to lead by example. Now that the example isn’t so good he’s doing it casually.

Last night, in about 90 seconds, he blamed his teammates for failing to man up and hit shots going down the stretch after he kicked it out and the coaching staff for improperly scheming Wade down the stretch.

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And the whole Calderon fouling Arroyo to extend the game strategy – a totally legitimate strategy, by the way – you can’t, as a coach, say that you don’t really have an opinion about what happens on the floor with 25 seconds left in a two-point game.

Not when your point guard is 10 feet away from you. Chris Bosh had an opinion. His opinion was to foul and extend the game, which is what he told Calderon to do, and Calderon did it. Ideally it’s your point guard giving instructions, not vice-versa, but whatever.

To be fair Triano might have been trying to protect Calderon by saying that what he did wasn’t wrong. But if you can’t assert your will as a coach when you point guard is 10 feet away in the dying seconds of a crucial game, then when?

I’m not a gambling man, but I’d place this bet, with confidence: The Raptors aren’t going to make the playoffs and in fact, will flame out in their final 10 games quite spectacularly. This team is 3-16 in their past 19, and deservedly so. Jay Triano will soon become the first Canadian ex-head coach in the NBA, and Chris Bosh will soon after be a former Raptor.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At the exact same time.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i confess i have become the Hedo of fans. I have mentally checked out. I haven't watched a full game for almost a month and i haven't watched more than 10 minutes of any of the last 5 games or so. It's sad. I used to LOVE this team, but now there's so little to get behind. I think i'm going to look for Benzo's recent thread.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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lol.... all we need to do is win two in a row and everything will be well again.

as to whether or not we can win two in a row.....
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i confess i have become the Hedo of fans. I have mentally checked out. I haven't watched a full game for almost a month and i haven't watched more than 10 minutes of any of the last 5 games or so. It's sad. I used to LOVE this team, but now there's so little to get behind. I think i'm going to look for Benzo's recent thread.
Honestly fancy, the last 2 games have been very entertaining IMO (even though we lost both).

As long as Wright and Weems are in the starting lineup and Hedo doesn't play I'll give this squad a chance... because the energy overall looked MUCH better than it did against UTH and OKC.

I really hope that Bosh hasn't mentally thrown in the towel....

At this point I'd be willing to deal Hedo and Jose for Arenas and hope for the best.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i confess i have become the Hedo of fans. I have mentally checked out. I haven't watched a full game for almost a month and i haven't watched more than 10 minutes of any of the last 5 games or so. It's sad. I used to LOVE this team, but now there's so little to get behind. I think i'm going to look for Benzo's recent thread.
I've completely lost all interest in this team as well. I mean there are so many glaring problems with this team, and the obvious big one is chemistry. If you can't get 60 some million dollars to jive then you blow it up. If you can. And I'm not sure they can. This team is a tease and I think a lot of fans are fed up with the up and down bullshit off the last three years.

There's nothing keeping me interested. There aren't any players I really respect and love to watch play, and the way they often play is uninspiring and lazy.
Colangelo needs to stop thinking about basketball in terms of a product, and rather as a beautiful game to be appreciated, not marketed, but played, with passion in mind, not the bottom line. His corporate collars disgust me, and I think are as much of the problem here than anything else. I don't care where these players are from, just get me some fucking ballers.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The last two losses are on Bosh, honestly. The team effort was definitely there, albeit misguided at times, but in both games our superstar has failed to deliver in the clutch, while his opposing numbers did just that.

How I wish we had a super-guard to build around...
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It's amazing the circus this team has become in just over a month. WTF happened during the All-Star break?
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I would say this team has always been a circus more or less completely governed by off-season hype machines, and unfounded hope on the part of a desperate and loyal fan base. The on-court situation has never been great, and a circus is best characterized by wild inconsistency. That's what this team is and has always been, wildly inconsistent, independently talented but collectively inept.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:51 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The last two losses are on Bosh, honestly. The team effort was definitely there, albeit misguided at times, but in both games our superstar has failed to deliver in the clutch, while his opposing numbers did just that.

How I wish we had a super-guard to build around...
Hmmmm.... because superstar guards never fail in the clutch?
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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In the last 19 games we've only won 3?

damn we're dedicated fans lol.
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Hmmmm.... because superstar guards never fail in the clutch?
For me it's not a matter of the result, it's a matter of the means. I don't consider a missed shot at the buzzer a choke in any way. As far as I'm concerned his decision making down the stretch has been poor. He just hasn't been making the right plays.
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In the last 19 games we've only won 3?

damn we're dedicated fans lol.
My thoughts exactly, what the fuck am I doing here? I watch pretty much every game... with every attempt to do so... hell, i'll tell people I'm sick and don't wanna go out just to watch the game. but now... It's like the blindfold has been removed... I don't think I'm going to watch tonight's game.. out of spite, 100% spite...
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