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Julian Wright turned down playing time

Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 6:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It hasn't been a swell season for the Toronto Raptors. It's not like they were consistent contenders in the way the Cavs were, but without Chris Bosh, they've had some problems.

Problems winning that is.

The latest example was the beatdown the Warriors put on them Friday. Golden State whooped the Raptors 138-100, meaning the Brian Scalabrine All-Stars were about to have their chance. Jay Triano was ready to empty his bench.

And during the third quarter Triano went to forward Julian Wright to check in, but a weird thing happened: Wright refused.

"I just went to the next guy," Triano told the Toronto Star . "I wasn't going to ask him twice."

"I asked him to go in, and he didn't go in," Triano continued. "I know he went to the washroom just before that. I don't know if he wasn't feeling well. I still haven't talked to him."

According to the Star, there was no feeling ill to it. Wright just hasn't been happy with his playing time and didn't want the scrub minutes. Face, Triano.

"Everybody knew [Wright] was mad on the bench," a source told the paper. 

The Raps could technically discipline him under the umbrella of "conduct detrimental to the team," but we'll have to wait and see. Whether that's a suspension or just a fine, I'm sure Wright will get a talking to. If you were wondering, Wright is a restricted free agent this season and found his way to Toronto by way of New Orleans in a trade that sent Jarrett Jack to the Hornets.

After the game, Wright left it open for discussion. "I don't want to talk about it," Wright said. "Speculate on anything you want."

Anything? OK, how about this, I think Wright didn't want to go back in because he was embarrassed about his basketball ability. No, not that. Wright turned down Triano because he knew he would guard David Lee and didn't want that gash in his arm to touch him. Or maybe Wright didn't want to play because he was following the Kentucky-Ohio State game on his phone and didn't want to miss anything.

Or most likely just because he was ticked about his playing time and decided to throw a fit. Yeah, that's probably it.

Category: NBA

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:12 pm

Julian Wright turned down playing time

Ha maybe the Raps should hire Jerry Sloan to go head to head with these babies.

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:30 am

this is what is wrong with the nba

Thats whats wrong with the nba. Im a union guy, but there union needs to change. you have a league of over paid cry babies . i wanted to go see sixers but i wont pay that much money to go to a game. the league is in real trouble unless they make some changes.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:44 pm

Julian Wright turned down playing time

As a long time Raptor fan, when they came to Orlando I went to the game and got there 90 minutes early. Watching guys like JJ Reddick working hard at their shooting in pre game.. watching the whole warm up, I had a bad feeling about the Raptors- too casual, no one really working too hard, more attempted dunks followed by misses then laughter than I would accept from a high school team. The Magic at the same time were all business. The end result was a huge blowout- Magic by about 30. Coincidence?

Players moping and refusing coaches orders is a poison that must end. Jerry Sloan and D Will. You just get tired of guys refusing to earn their millions as an employee should. These guys all live a priviliged life thanks to their team- they need to respect their team and follow instructions. Problems are resolved off the court behind closed doors.

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:21 pm

Julian Wright turned down playing time

It's tough to see the some of the Raps basically quit on Jay Triano. I knew that they would be hard pressed to win 25-30 games this season without Bosh, but this is ugly. They had better hope for a lotto pick like Derrick Williams....

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