Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  32 responses

Thad Young, the Weakest Link

by Marcel Mutoni

According to the Orlando Magic, anyway. Welcome to the Playoffs, youngster!

The Magic absolutely had to win Game 4, and with the ballgame (and series) hanging in the balance, they knew exactly which Sixers defender they wanted to exploit.

The man responsible for knotting up the series at 2 wins apiece – and doing it in dramatic fashion – laid out the Magic’s crunch-time game plan to the Philly Inquirer:

“Whoever ended up with Thaddeus Young guarding was going to get the shot,” Turkoglu said, of the Magic’s 84-81 victory Sunday night. He went on to suggest that Rashard Lewis would have had the opportunity to play the hero had Young been shadowing him.


Young was unavailable for comment yesterday, but Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said he can understand why the Magic might have elected to pick on him, if that indeed is what happened. “I take it as Andre Iguodala being a premier defender in this league,” DiLeo said. “Thad’s a good defender, too. [But] they obviously didn’t want to go against Andre Iguodala.”So, will Young stew over being singled out in such a negative manner by Turkoglu? “I don’t know,” DiLeo said. “Thad’s very grounded. I don’t think this will [adversely] affect him. It may motivate him in some way, but he certainly won’t be down.”

Young will have to win more than just a hugely important Game 5 in Orlando tonight. There will also be the question of his pride, especially with Hedo Turkoglu staring him down.

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  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Doesn’t Hedo have 16 points in the entire series? Isn’t it safe to say that Thad had guarded him before? Haven’t the Sixers won two of four games?

  • Khalid Salaam

    Come on Mutoni, you’re reaching…

  • Fat Lever

    Thad seems like the type of player where this will motivate him to be even better. As a Sixer fan, thanks Hedo!

  • Superman Osman

    That’s what a Turkish MJ do, he tells you what’s wrong with your team even before the series is over…Are you out of your puny walnut shaped head?

  • AlbertBarr

    Hedo’s playin’ mind games.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    I thoroughly enjoy when C Webb and GP get on Hedo for being “the michael jordan of turkey”. Also, Marcin Gortat has a horrendous jumpman tattoo with some kind of target around it on his leg.

  • Tavoris

    didn’t Hedo actually compliment Iggy more than he insulted Young?

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    another dumb ass mutoni headline

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Thad is a beast. But he does need to work on his defense to really be a great player.

  • http://www.ladbrokesbetting.org/ LadrokesBetting

    He’s a very good player

  • cdef28

    Russ is right. Hedo has sucked for the entire series.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    ya, youngs a beast, im sure he didnt expect a 3 for a win. deffinitly when the magic did not need a 3 to win.

  • Fat Lever

    If by Turkish MJ you mean the Mad Magazine cover guy, then yes, I agree.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Yeah dumb headline, almost and I say ALMOST equivilant to the chancey AI ABC comparison

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Russ, the fact that Hedo hasn’t played well in this series doesn’t invalidate his comment. Wouldn’t you agree that you’d have a better chance of scoring while being guarded by Thad Young instead of Dre Dala? I don’t even know why this is news. When you don’t have a go-to guy in the clutch, you go for the best match up. Duh.

  • Tavoris

    u r absolutely right, Z. They did exactly what any team would have done in that situation, considering the best creators and shooters on the the team are Turk and Lewis.

  • Tavoris

    what sucks is that he has the balls to say this, as if Turk’s career has been highlighted by coming thru in the clutch (or playing acceptable defense).

    I fully expect the Sixers to attack Turk the whole game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    i dont not approve of this…

  • Cizzo

    Im tired of all this idel ass talk, win a series!

  • Tavoris


  • http://slamonline.com Michael Tillery

    Dude you need to go to the games and hear these dumb ass questions. Read in my preview to be posted soon what happened on the last play. Simple pick and roll switch. Dre has bottled up Hedo…who is also a little banged up…the Magic knew Hedo could get the shot over a left handed player. I have the entire quote on my recorder if you would like to hear what really went down.

  • Luke

    Russ no it isn’t safe to say that.Hedo is going for at least 25 tonight and i’ma be there.Blue & White Ignite!!

  • joe

    So your tellin me that if Thaddeus was guaring SKip, Skip was gonna take the last shot????….Not buying it

  • underdog

    If Thad Young is the weakest link, that means the chain is pretty strong.

  • Wilford Brimley

    Weakest link =/= bad link. Maybe all the links in the chain are good, but one is just slightly weaker?

  • truthteller

    Thad Young is a superstar in the making! Mark my words!

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Hedo = Overated

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Look for that Courtney Lee – Thad Young match up next game!

  • chazz michael michaels

    yall homiez need to chill yo im a gangster n i block shots like i was wilt the stilt in gangsta mode

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham


  • Marijn

    I like the headline

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    Philly is a team on the rise, Young will remmeber all this when its his time