A few quotes from Bill Simmons' recent column on the WC Gold Medal game that gives a nudge to Raptors fans:
4:00: Turkoglu hits consecutive 3s to give Turkey a one-point lead. Looks like he's in shape again. I'd say he will be the most hated visiting player in Toronto this season, but he'd have to drive a Zamboni over Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel to wrest that title away from Vince Carter.
2:44: Durant for 3. Tie game. He's 4-for-5 for 11 points. With 15,000 Turks screaming at him. Nice little road test for him. It continues to be funny that Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh decided this experience couldn't have helped them as basketball players.
10:00 (fourth quarter): ESPN comes back from a commercial with a shot of a disgusted Hedu Turkoglu, as Fraschilla points out that he only played three minutes in the third and the coaches "seem disgusted by him." Everyone in Toronto nods knowingly.
I enjoy Simmons’ weekly column - usually there each Friday - but none more than when he writes about hoops.