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    Grange on Raptors: The Future of Colangelo

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/iphone/baske...angelo_tenure/

    There was a time when Bryan Colangelo, the joke went, could step out of the ACC, head south on Bay Street, stroll down to Lake Ontario and walk right across, with no fear of ruining his shoes.

    Now? The Toronto Raptors president and general manager is looking for a stick to wipe the you-know-what off his leather soles the minute they hit the sidewalk.

    Every move he makes, it seems, he steps in something.

    Colangelo is approaching his seventh anniversary running the Toronto Raptors. His contract is up at the end of this year, though the franchise can exercise an option to bring him back.

    This year is shaping up to be the worst of his tenure, which is saying something given Toronto is four years removed from the playoffs. In recent interviews Colangelo's questioned the team's focus and attention to detail, not so subtly shifting the spotlight to head coach Dwane Casey, the third head coach of Colangelo's tenure and the guy he just inked to an extension. But Colangelo is taking most of the heat and rightfully so.

    Twitter gives voice to some of his critics, the Raptors 4-19 record -- second-worst in the NBA -- is all the amplification required. His handcrafted club has lost 12 of their last 13 games and 10 straight on the road after losing at home against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night.

    Colangelo's is a rebuilding project that is giving every appearance of coming unglued. The down side of being a hands-on; detail-oriented manager (Colangelo touches everything from where the team stays on the road to what shade of red the home floor gets trimmed out in) is that there is no one to point to finger at when it all falls apart.

    What the Raptors are is what Colangelo has wrought.

    But does removing the architect fix the building? And if not does the club and its fan base have the appetite to undertake another renovation if someone new wants to sweep away the past and start fresh?

    First things first: while the record speaks volumes, it shouldn't obscure the fact that Colangelo has made moves that can't be completely written off; they're sum is ugly but there are some interesting parts.

    - Was Jonas Valancuinas a bad pick at No. 5 in the 2011 draft? Quite the opposite; the Lithuanian rookie may not be a future MVP candidate, but he seems as advertised: a high-energy, high-character big man who should deliver double-figure points and rebound totals for a decade.

    - Was Ed Davis a bad pick at No. 13 in 2010? No. In fact Davis is giving the appearance of being a fantastic pick, especially for a big man taken that far down the draft. The third-year power-forward is averaging 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds a game on 53.6 per cent shooting on a per 36 minute basis.

    - Was DeMar DeRozan a bad pick at No. 9 in 2009? No. You can blame Colangelo for not steering a bad team into a better draft position at the end of a lost season and perhaps grabbing budding all-star Stephen Curry at No. 7 as Golden State did; but DeRozan has provided a reasonable return. Enough to justify extending him for four years for $38 million? Time will tell if that deal is Colangelo reaching or if it's locking up an improving player in a tight market, but again it's not a move that gets guys fired.

    - Was adding Kyle Lowry for a lottery-protected first-round pick a mistake? Obviously the cost of this deal increases significantly if the Raptors keep losing. The pick will stay with Toronto if they end up picking in the top-three; but it will be a tough pill to swallow if the Raptors end up in position to pick fourth or fifth and watch the Oklahoma City Thunder (who got the pick from Houston in the James Harden trade) get another good young player and the Raptors end up with nothing. The Raptors slide has created a potentially worst-case scenario but at the time it seemed a reasonable risk to land Lowry, a 26-year-old earning $6 million over the next two seasons whose high energy, defensive-minded, hyper-competitive nature was widely viewed as a necessary ingredient for the Raptors to contend for the playoffs. Complicating matters is that Lowry has performed well statistically but has been banged up regularly -- the latest is his triceps injury from Monday night might keep him out two weeks -- as well. Still it's hardly the kind of desperate trade that GM's get hanged for.

    The Raptors roster has blemishes. Landry Fields and Linas Kleiza represent too generous Colangelo contracts, arguably. And then there's Andrea Bargnani, the first-overall pick whose biggest failure is that he has never lived up to his talent and biggest attribute is that at $10 million a season for a big man who has played long stretches at an all-star level, he doesn't have a bad contract.

    But for its blemishes the current Raptors roster isn't a great advertisement for those who would have Colangelo hang.

    The reality is that the best argument for letting Colangelo walk, or sending him running, isn't what's happened in Toronto this season but mistakes of the past that echo still: His unwillingness to head into a rapid rebuild as soon as it became evident that Chris Bosh wasn't likely to commit to a long-term deal. That way thinking brought the Raptors Jermaine O'Neal; Shawn Marion, Hedo Turkoglu and ultimately saw Bosh leave and the Raptors get little more than air and some salary cap space.

    And so the issue is what the Raptors can do to get out this mess as the playoffs seem a distant goal for a fifth straight year.

    Colangelo put them in it. The simplest way to get out of it might be cashing in the franchise's chips, gargle on the tailpipe of two more lost seasons and hope to come up with the No. 1 pick in 2014 when Toronto's Andrew Wiggins -- hailed by some as the best basketball prospect since LeBron James -- is ready to save his hometown franchise. Such is the NBA way of doing business that tanking is a legitimate and perhaps even necessary path to contending.

    If that's the strategy then Colangelo might as well leave now as it will take more than three years for that lottery ticket to pay off and there's the added factor that in one of the next five drafts the Raptors will have to forfeit a lottery to the Thunder.

    That alone almost makes pushing forward imperative. And if the plan is to somehow keep accumulating assets that could see Toronto be a playoff team next season the irony is that Colangelo might be the best man for the job. Some of the pieces on his roster now -- young, big, decently-priced -- represent his best work.

    The question will be if his sins of the not-so-distant past will allow him to get a chance to finish the job.

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    "The simplest way to get out of it might be cashing in the franchise's chips, gargle on the tailpipe of two more lost seasons and hope to come up with the No. 1 pick in 2014 when Toronto's Andrew Wiggins -- hailed by some as the best basketball prospect since LeBron James -- is ready to save his hometown franchise. Such is the NBA way of doing business that tanking is a legitimate and perhaps even necessary path to contending.

    If that's the strategy then Colangelo might as well leave now as it will take more than three years for that lottery ticket to pay off and there's the added factor that in one of the next five drafts the Raptors will have to forfeit a lottery to the Thunder.

    That alone almost makes pushing forward imperative. And if the plan is to somehow keep accumulating assets that could see Toronto be a playoff team next season the irony is that Colangelo might be the best man for the job. Some of the pieces on his roster now -- young, big, decently-priced -- represent his best work."

    I found this to be the most interesting part.

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    Balanced article.

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    just heard rumours,Colangelo got new 3 years 3.5$ mln contract

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakers4life08 View Post
    just heard rumours,Colangelo got new 3 years 3.5$ mln contract
    lol gtfo .. where did you hear this ?

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    I'm all for a rebuild only if we do it right. We keep all our young players let them play together build chemistry. Trade away everyone else and try to get some picks in those deals. Even if it's late round we can always trade two late for a earlier pick. Getting Wiggins might be our best shot at improving this team. Fans in toronto wouldn't complain about a rebuild as long as management made it known that's what we're doing.

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    honestly i don't understand why we link to these kinds of articles in threads. whether you agree or disagree with the perspective of the article, you never read anything that you haven't heard people say in here first.
    Quote Originally Posted by nycericanguy View Post
    well unfortunately it looks like you were right about Bargs...

    but hopefully we can use his expiring, if not at least we unloaded Novak's deal...

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    i can't blame guy for trading a pick for lowry

    i can't blame the guy for not tanking on purpose

    i can blame the guy for bad contracts, but he has always made right on these signings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiecballer View Post
    honestly i don't understand why we link to these kinds of articles in threads. whether you agree or disagree with the perspective of the article, you never read anything that you haven't heard people say in here first.
    more of a summary of what everyone has been debating about

    its nice to have a summary rather than going through all those pages

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiecballer View Post
    honestly i don't understand why we link to these kinds of articles in threads. whether you agree or disagree with the perspective of the article, you never read anything that you haven't heard people say in here first.
    Envy is one of the deadly sins. Some of us want a more professional perspective about the GM. It's very tiring to just read posts here in PSD .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raps Insider 12 View Post
    Envy is one of the deadly sins. Some of us want a more professional perspective about the GM. It's very tiring to just read posts here in PSD .
    that very same article could have been written by ink though. there is absolutely nothing being said that other posters in here haven't said themselves. i just don't get why people need to have their backs patted here.
    Last edited by Jamiecballer; 12-13-2012 at 07:08 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by nycericanguy View Post
    well unfortunately it looks like you were right about Bargs...

    but hopefully we can use his expiring, if not at least we unloaded Novak's deal...

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    lol @ http://www.firebc.com/index.html and this comment
    Did you know that Bryan Colangelo has spent over $100 million dollars on Hedo Turkoglu, Landry Fields, Linas Kleiza and Fred Jones?
    you are missing the Kapono signing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiecballer View Post
    that very same article could have been written by ink though. there is absolutely nothing being said that other posters in here haven't said themselves. i just don't get why people need to have their backs patted here.
    It got me asking, Why are you so worked up on this? Nobody was asking for recognition to post an article here. Did you not say that posters shouldn't be restricted from posting about whatever thoughts they may have about the team but we all know too well that what is ailing the team is due to the makings of this GM so why still post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHF View Post
    lol @ http://www.firebc.com/index.html and this comment
    Did you know that Bryan Colangelo has spent over $100 million dollars on Hedo Turkoglu, Landry Fields, Linas Kleiza and Fred Jones?
    you are missing the Kapono signing
    that's wrong. it would make sense if it was BC has signed over $100 million dollars in contracts, but the statement is spent, as if the Raptors have actually paid the rest of those bad contracts which we didn't.

    I don't even need to click the website now to know that it is pretty bad to try and make a false point...

    how did BC spend $100million on those guys when

    Each and everyone of them didn't play their entire contract as a Raptor?

    We paid Hedo Turkoglu for 1 year, Fred Jones for 1 year, Landry Fields for 0.25 of the season so far and Kleiza who is under contract for 1 more season, he could very well be traded and we wouldn't have paid him that 4.6 million

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiecballer View Post
    that very same article could have been written by ink though. there is absolutely nothing being said that other posters in here haven't said themselves. i just don't get why people need to have their backs patted here.
    wow what are you talking about?

    Ink wants a pat on his back? Maybe that would make sense if he posted this article

    But no...it was a poster with a firebc.com link in his signature

    I highly doubt that Raptors_Insider12, who is clearly one sided and wants BC fired, also wants a pat on the back for posting a 2way article

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