The good news is Hedo Turkoglu’s shot is back on target.
The bad news is he still appears to harbour some resentment about his lack of touches... or maybe he just has it in for Raptors analyst Jack Armstrong.
On what should have been one of his happier post-games of the season given his 26 points and 8-of-16 shooting in the Raptors come-from-behind 106-104 win over the New York Knicks, Turkoglu, depending on how one reads the situation, either pulled a multi-millionaire pout job, or purposefully tried to ensure one of the all-time awkward moments in sports television.
Asked following the game by Armstrong what the difference was in his game on the night, Turkoglu replied: “Ball”
A four-second pause as Armstrong tried to decipher what exactly Turkoglu was trying to say followed. Prompted with a - “The ball in your hands and you did a lot with it?’ by Armstrong, Turkoglu said “I got nothing else to say.”
The video of that exchange had gone viral by early Friday. Less than 12 hours after the conversation took place, there was a Fan page on Facebook set up. By Friday evening it already had 630 fans.
Even the U.S. based sports show Pardon the Interruption caught wind of this one and put it on the show Friday night.
They had no idea what to make of it.
That’s all well and good from an entertainment standpoint, but if it’s about doing what’s best for the team, Turkoglu threw up an air ball with his post-game remarks.
To some it was funny. To others it was rude. To those who have followed Turkoglu’s first year as a Raptor it was a petulent attempt to have things his way.
To have one of your core contributers seemingly whining about touches when the team is playing its best basketball of the season has to be considered selfish at some level.
Jose Calderon wasn’t whining about starting when he came back from an injury and wound up losing his starting role to Jarrett Jack.
And what happens when Andrea Bargnani, who was battling a foot injury Thursday night and only attempted nine shots returns to form. Next to Bosh, he is the Raptors most used scoring option.
Does Turkoglu fail to produce when Bargnani is back to his normal 14 or 15 attempts a night.
“When Hedo plays like that we are a much better team,” Bosh said Thursday night.
Too bad Turkoglu didn’t leave it at that.