Portland Trail Blazers, 4 other teams contact Hedo Turkoglu; Ro...

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Free agent small forward Hedo Turkoglu has been contacted by five teams and, as expected, the Portland Trail Blazers were the first to call.
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#164
Jul 1, 2009
 
It's funny to read the Blazers forums and see how desperately they don't want Turk.

He's got a face only a mother could love, and skills to match it.
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#165
Jul 1, 2009
 
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
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Not unless you are willing to change your style of play. Until Dwight develops a post move, it's all about spreading the floor.
Michael Michael your making Mickey Mouse land sound like Michael Jacksons Neverland Ranch.
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#166
Jul 1, 2009
 
i think a sign and trade with gortat might land us carl landry that would be very nice. in looking for pf and c back ups.
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#167
Jul 1, 2009
 
Why stay with Orlando when your minutes per game is limited. Signed with the rockets and get more minutes on the court to prove yourself for what you are worth.
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#168
Jul 1, 2009
 
Ummm wrote:
Anyone realize the Magic have now lost and are on the verge of losing..
Alston
Turkoglu
Lee
Gortat
Battie
You are striping away 5 players off a team that went to the NBA finals..and replaced all of that with Vince Carter??
Magic have lost youth and defense in Lee, insurance in Battie, depth in Alston, Offensive prowness in Turk, and the only tough hardnosed player they had in Gortat...
Right now if I were the Magic I would be worried..the pressure to sign Rasheed Wallace is just gotten higher..
Losign 3/5 of your championship run starting line up, is not good, especialy when it hangs on one bad ACL strian in Vince Carter.
Right now Magic are 3 rd best, again..
Healthy Jameer>Alston
VC>HEDO

Battie was getting old and barely played for us anymore. He lost his jump shot that used to be money. Gortat as good as he was only played backup C for 10 minutes a game to DH and CLee... well I HATE HATE HATE losing him because that kid is a star in the making but we did get a nice young PF in that deal from NJ so we'll see how that one works out.

Really if we can get Rasheed he takes the place of Gortat and Battie easily in my mind. He will play more minutes, his jumper is still there and hes every bit as good on the boards as either one of the ones we lost.
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#169
Jul 1, 2009
 
To my Friend Marcin.

Yes… a friend is more than someone you interact with on a regular basis; it’s also someone who knows you and cares deeply about you. It is on that basis that I write to you.

But... How would someone develop such a relationship with someone one hasn’t even met? And more importantly; why?

Here’s where I must tell you a bit about me and my family, and please bear with me while I explain.

You see, Marcin; I suffered a devastating attack of Polio back when I was 5, which left me almost completely paralyzed from the neck down. I spent the next two years in different hospitals… a LOT of time, staring at the ceiling, from my bed. Now, as you can probably think, this can make even the strongest man go bunkers. But for the music… It was the music, Marcin. The music kept me sane and whole. My parents used to whistle and sing; everything from pop to classical, then, the Beatles. Their music just made my soul soar! I learned to be observant, got to know and appreciate the talent, the personal worth of other people. I “learned” how to walk again, and how to DISCOVER other people.
Years later, I also discovered the Truth about God, what the Bible calls,“the Way”–Acts 9:2; 22:4.

I write to you today, because I have come to KNOW you and your dilemma as an NBA player in free agency. And as a true UNDERDOG, I too have felt like a stranger in a foreign land… it’s hard, VERY hard.

You have two options right now… You could leave the Magic and sign a juicy 5-7 million contract with some other, rebuilding team. It would give you a chance to start, develop YOUR game faster. Heck... that team automatically becomes a playoff contender!

Or… you could take 4-5 million and stay with the Magic. Just as I followed your NBA career during the days when Stan would say that you were NOT ready to play in the NBA, just two years ago (time DOES fly!); I also foretold everyone who cared to hear, about your inevitable break-out, which EVERYONE witnessed this year.

NOW, suddenly everyone WANTS you! Portland, NY, even Huston. This last one, just shows you what’s REALLY behind al this sudden interest. They are DESPERATE for a center, and NOW they want you!

But you see, as I tell my two daughters; you BELONG to US.

You, Marcin Gortat are PART of our FAMILY, AND of the greater family of Orlando, a small, but dynamic city, full of joy and the desire to carve for itself a niche in Sports history, to FEEL proud of itself and grow into something better. Just like yourself, Marcin.

See; I also taught my daughters to always cheer for the UNDERDOG. Redick, Lee and you… that’s what you MEANT to US… OUR underdogs. For more than one HUNDRED days this year, we cheered you on; let you into OUR home, into our hearts…

I will be straight with you: Playing with the Magic WILL mean playing backup to Howard, fewer minutes; but just for a short time. When you develop that mid-range jumper of yours, have that short running hook shot down pat, THEN Stan will start playing the TWIN TOWERS option, just like Huston once did. While I was greatly saddened by the loss of C. Lee, I must admit it SHOWED the Team’s RESOLVE, it’s COMMITMENT to winning it all. The Magic will be truly formidable.

Which brings me to my last point. You WANT to win a championship. The Magic are THIS close to winning our FIRST Championship… EVER! Of all the teams you could play for; the Magic gives you the BEST shot at making this a reality. The Magic ARE ready… NOW!
The question is… are you?

PLEASE,Marcin… be part of this celebration; OUR moment in time… and YOURS too! Stay in Orlando.
Joe

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#170
Jul 1, 2009
 
Steven wrote:
Let Turkalou go. I promise you we won't miss the bad passes and multiple turnovers. We are a much better team with VC
So u see the future! Great! U are amazing!

Bad passes? Multiple turnovers? I guess u don't remember the past.... That guy is 6.10 and played as a point guard, if he is so bad, how come Orlando made it to the finals? Check his stats, check what he did first...
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#171
Jul 1, 2009
 
LMAO wrote:
Write it in now friends:
Magic PF's
Brandon Bass
Ryan Anderson
This will work.
I hope you're right!!
liveordiebythe3b all

Cleveland, OH

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#172
Jul 2, 2009
 
Steven wrote:
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Nice try, you are not very smart, are you. All those guys you mentioned hurt the magic, they did not help. Lee was the exception, but with VC
the Magic are twice as good as last season. Not good for you or your team dude. If the magic can sign a big man like sheed, you might as well not even show up, your team is outmatched.
Way to go Otis!
I can't wait to see VC blow up in your face, he is a folder and has no real heart. Have fun backing your mouth up.

“If you say it, back it up”

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#173
Jul 2, 2009
 
liveordiebythe3ball wrote:
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I can't wait to see VC blow up in your face, he is a folder and has no real heart. Have fun backing your mouth up.
Ah, the things people say to get attention.:-)
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#174
Jul 2, 2009
 
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
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Cleveland #1 :-)
ESPN The Magazine’s 2009 Ultimate Standings: Rankings of How Pro Sports Teams Pay Back Their Fans, has been released today and the Cavaliers were ranked as the #1 team in the NBA and the #5 team in pro sports.#1 sports fans in the game

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

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#175
Jul 2, 2009
 
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
Are you kidding me???? Raptors are about to offer Hedo $12 mil/year!
HTTP://BLOG.OREGONLIVE.COM/BEHINDBLAZERSBEAT/...
http://hoopshype.com
LOL....
yeah just read that......Dang HEDO is lucking out.....60mil for 5yrs...??
Jeeeez....
I'm happy for him man....He did his part while with us....Time to get paid and take advantage of it.....

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Since: Jan 08

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#176
Jul 2, 2009
 
liveordiebythe3ball wrote:
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ESPN The Magazine’s 2009 Ultimate Standings: Rankings of How Pro Sports Teams Pay Back Their Fans, has been released today and the Cavaliers were ranked as the #1 team in the NBA and the #5 team in pro sports.#1 sports fans in the game
Congrats!:-)

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#177
Jul 2, 2009
 
O-MAGIC wrote:
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LOL....
yeah just read that......Dang HEDO is lucking out.....60mil for 5yrs...??
Jeeeez....
I'm happy for him man....He did his part while with us....Time to get paid and take advantage of it.....
Daggone!

The Sentinel is dropping Topix for their forum. Topix was good because you could reply to specific posts. Now we are going to the lousy one that Cleveland and all the other papers have.
liveordiebythe3b all

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#178
Jul 2, 2009
 
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
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Daggone!
The Sentinel is dropping Topix for their forum. Topix was good because you could reply to specific posts. Now we are going to the lousy one that Cleveland and all the other papers have.
I will admit I like the way the comments are set up on this sight. If it goes then I probable will too. Sure you won't lose any sleep over that but I don't like to comment where everyone agrees with me I like a good argument.

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Since: Feb 08

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#179
Jul 6, 2009
 
Michael in Ocoee wrote:
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Daggone!
The Sentinel is dropping Topix for their forum. Topix was good because you could reply to specific posts. Now we are going to the lousy one that Cleveland and all the other papers have.
Ohh Crap...now what?
where do we go now to take out our frustrations...LOL

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