The long-awaited return of Hedo Turkoglu, at least in the regular season, arrives Sunday night. When he suited up for the Phoenix Suns way back in the pre-season, long before his blockbuster move back to Orlando, a half-empty crowd at the ACC welcomed Turkoglu with half-hearted venom. With little to play for as the Raptors close out their lost season, the only meaningful occasions feature Turkoglu as the backdrop and Chris Bosh in the season finale on April 13 when the Miami Heat comes to town. It makes no sense in retracing the many missteps Turkoglu and the Raptors franchise made, but the way Orlando has used Turkoglu in his second incarnation as a Magic illustrates his value and his impact on games. The bottom line with Turkoglu is that he's a unique player, a 6-foot-10 small forward who handles the ball like a point guard, one of the game's few players who can actually make entry passes and when he's aggressive in looking to get off his own shot he inches closer into elite territory. The business of basketball forced the breakout between Turkoglu and Orlando in an off-season when the Magic took the Lakers to five games in the NBA final, a series that was much closer. It was business that brought Turkoglu to Toronto after Portland thought it had a verbal deal in place.
Turkoglu leads Magic into ACC
Toronto Sun | Apr 3