There will be no Hedo Turkoglus at Toronto Raptors training camp this year, no players getting the kid-glove treatment.
Turkoglu, traded to the Phoenix Suns in the off-season, missed all of training camp last year and a good chunk of the exhibition season after doctors told the Raptors to rest him. He struggled with his conditioning.
That shouldn’t happen this year as head coach Jay Triano is running high-intensity practices right from the start.
“They’re tired, but it’s also a sense of accomplishment. That’s a sense of building a team,” Triano said. “We didn’t do this as much last year. We weren’t in shape. This year we’ve got guys still in here shooting the basketball afterwards.”