Evan Turner Should Probably Just Stop Talking About The Bulls

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Evan Turner is kind of a dope. 

It’s fairly obvious to anyone who has paid even a bit of attention to the Sixers this year that they match up better with the Bulls than they do the Heat. On Sunday, Turner felt the need to point it out, telling the Delco Times:

“[Playing the Bulls would mean] we’re dodging the tougher team. That’s what I think.” 

“I think we’ll be able to compete well against Chicago, and have an opportunity to win the series.”


Doh. He must have missed out on that PR session as a rookie… you know, the one that instructs players to say the bare minimum to the media, especially when it comes to talking about opponents (the Sixers will play the Bulls in the playoffs if they lose or the Knicks win tonight).

The – conference-leading – Bulls shrugged off the comments when asked about them last night: [ESPN.com]

Kyle Korver:

“Well, alright. I'm not going to get into a war of words with Evan Turner. All right, come play us.” 


Derrick Rose:

“There's been teams that said they want to play us before. So I don't got nothing to say about it.”


Joakim Noah:

“That's cool.” 


Was that a reference to Lou Williams'  rap lyric from Korver? Anyway, moving on.

Turner backed off his comments, a bit, today. Here’s what he told ESPNChicago.com:

“What I said was looking back at the past two years matching up against teams, we had a tougher time against the Heat," Turner said. "That's all I said. If I had to choose, we match up better against the Bulls.”

“Obviously, they should be (upset). I would be mad, too. 'Who does Evan Turner thinks he is?”

"I have enough problems as it is," Turner said. "I dealt with it a little bit in high school, dealing with the media when it was twisting my words.

"I wouldn't sit there and say that. An article saying we were dodging a tougher team? That's ridiculous. You don't do that. You don't disrespect or trash talk before the game. That's not how you do it."



As Spike Eskin of CBS Philly pointed out, this wasn’t the first time Turner talked in the direction of Rose.

In 2007, following a Chicagoland high school game in which Rose’s team beat Turner’s, ET said that he was better than his counterpart. Rose wasn't so sure. “We’ll see who does more on the next level," he said.

Advantage: Rose, by a wide margin.


10 Responses

  1. I “like” the sixers in an upset of the bulls too! long shot, but more likely then an upset of the heat….

  2. whatever at least the kid has some balls. If Collins is gonna keep Jodie Meeks in front of him, then Dougie has to go, don’t care if he’s a good coach or not.
    This team needs to be blown up except for Turner at PG and Thad Young at SF. Everyone else is expendable.

  3. Turner did win the Wooden, Naismith, Robertson, Fox Sports, NABC, TSN, and AP Player of the Year awards in college, which would be the “next level” Rose was referring to.
    Just sayin’

  4. Jim from Jenkintown: Yeah, right. All that stuff and a dollar will buy Turner a Daily News. Big flaming whoop.

  5. Who are the Sixers, never heard of them??? And who is Evan Turner??? I guess most importantly what is basketball??? Isn’t it that thing that colleges play???

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