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Turkoglu's EuroBasket performance causes concern

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08:05 AM ET 09.13 | The Magic owe Hedo Turkoglu a lot of money, money that may be hard to earn on his current path. [Turkoglu] didn't give the Orlando Magic much reason for optimism over the last few weeks. Playing for his native Turkey in EuroBasket 2011, the Magic's starting small forward posted statistics that were eerily similar to his subpar numbers during the 2011 NBA playoffs. Turkoglu averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in eight EuroBasket games. He also shot an anemic 15.6 percent from 3-point range. Those numbers sound familiar? They should. In the Magic's first-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks this past spring, Turkoglu averaged 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

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September 13, 2011  08:37 AM ET

His partying is catching up to him.

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September 13, 2011  09:01 AM ET

and Turkey when 1 - 4 ....

September 13, 2011  09:34 AM ET

No mystery here ... Orlando overpaid for a gutless stiff.

September 13, 2011  09:35 AM ET
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Another reason why the CBA needs to change real bad. There are too many players who gets their contract and then just relax after getting it.

Then the owners should stop offering long-term contracts. Channel Nancy Reagan and "Just Say No"!

September 13, 2011  09:50 AM ET

Don't come to LA, Bro.

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September 13, 2011  09:57 AM ET

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Turkoglu
Turkoglu who?

That sums it up nicely.

September 13, 2011  10:16 AM ET
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That's the crazy part. Orlando could have paid about 9 mil for him (maybe even less) but they let him walk to Toronto which paid him 11 mil or something crazy. THEN Otis finds him and brings him back at the higher salary. It's like Otis does everything he can to put Orlando so far over the cap that they can't compete for free agents.

YOU............COMPLETE ME.........

September 13, 2011  10:17 AM ET
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That's the crazy part. Orlando could have paid about 9 mil for him (maybe even less) but they let him walk to Toronto which paid him 11 mil or something crazy. THEN Otis finds him and brings him back at the higher salary. It's like Otis does everything he can to put Orlando so far over the cap that they can't compete for free agents.

The part that I did not understand was the Second Trade ... Lewis for Agent Zero ...

thought the Idea was to get back to the front line of ... Howard - Lewis - Turk ...

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September 13, 2011  12:06 PM ET

it's weird. he was so good in the nba finals a couple years ago. so you know he has the ability.

September 13, 2011  12:07 PM ET
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Same here. That one really annoyed me. With Rashard Orlando trounced Atlanta the year before. Instead this year they got swept in the first round.Otis Smith is clueless is all I can say. He's the one that overpaid Rashard to begin with. Now Orlando is stuck with a broken down Gilbert Arenas for years to come.

certainly backfired. i suspect the theory was that rashard is on the downside whereas if they could get gil's head on straight he's young enough to return to form......rashard is still probably all but finished, but at least he's a good guy-unlike that punk arenas.

 
September 13, 2011  11:44 PM ET

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