Sportsnetís John Shannon revealed Friday that at a meeting of the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was told by, among others, George Cope, chief executive officer of BCE-Bell Canada and a former hoops player at Western University, to simply play whom he wanted to play. Figuring out the internal politics of MLSE is a foolís game, but if itís a sign that general manager Bryan Colangelo, and not Casey, will take the fall for another playoff miss, it is a positive development.
I saw this post on a different forum but disagreed with all of the posters there. They used this article as evidence that BC was on his way out. I simply don't see it that way.
If BC was telling DC how to play his players don't you think management would call them both in, or more probable would be a meeting with BC to resolve the problem.
I'm sure BC has his opinions, but it seems like DC and BC have a good working relationship. I find this story tells a tale of the board's interference of the daily operations of the raptors more than anything else.
I believe it was the board who pushed BC to sign Fields in their attempt to attain Nash by blocking NY for the sole purpose of the mighty dollar. Nash was a payday for MLSE. Now with the rotations, I think the board has been telling Casey to start or give heavy minutes to trade assets such as Bargs or Jose.
My theory is the board now sees that saving the pick is close and the playoffs are attainable. $ It's sad to have a board who thinks they know basketball better than the people doing basketball for them. Instead they should be using their resources to grow the team. Support the people they have hired. I can see the factor of Casey unwilling to lay down for them last year at end of season as being a contributing factor in why MLSE is telling him in who he must play. I personally like the fact Casey and team fought till the very end of the season and did not tank for Barnes.
Maybe now that hockey is back MLSE will stop meddling with the raps and be stuck trying to fix the horrid leafs.