The 10-year veteran forward, Hedo Turkoglu
, was recently traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Phoenix Suns after one season. In Toronto, he played in 74 games and averaged 11.3 points per game with 4.6 rebounds per game.
Over the weekend, Turkoglu spoke with FoxSportsArizona.com
in a telephone interview from Turkey where he is heading the national team at the World Championships.
“People have to realize something is wrong with that organization and nobody wants to go there anymore,” said Turkoglu. “It’s not just the players who see this.”
Turkoglu went on to defend forward Chris Bosh after Raptors general Manager, Bryan Colangelo, criticized Bosh after he decided to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James and sign with the Miami Heat. Colangelo claims that Bosh “checked out” towards the end of the NBA season.
The former Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic player stated that if Colangelo actually felt this way then he would have approached Bosh during the season and aired his grievances.
“It’s funny that people will talk behind your back. If he was feeling this way, why not have the guts to say it during the season? Why not say it to Chris? Now that Chris has left, it’s not nice to say those things.”
Turkoglu added that Bosh has been a franchise player and has done a lot of good things for the team, “I don’t think Chris is the type of player to quit on his teammates.”
The NBA All-Star concluded that the chemistry in the team was never there and the Raptors coaching and management staff never used his talents properly.