If you’re a Raptors fan with access to the internet, chances are you’ve heard about the mysterious MLSE board meeting that took place on Thursday. Piecing together the various reports, here’s what we can decipher…
There was apparently a previously scheduled holiday luncheon already on the docket, so it’s not like the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment board just decided to come together for an impromptu Raptors meeting. However, at some point, the board reportedly met with Bryan Colangelo about the current state of the team and the poor start to the season.
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In his recap of the “informal” meeting, Eric Koreen wrote that MLSE President and COO Tom “Anselmi went on to say that Colangelo still has authority over basketball decision making, although certain moves would continue to be subject to board approval.”
Personally, I would assume and hope that a Colangelo decision on Dwane Casey is one of those moves that would be subject to board approval, because as I’ve stated numerous times recently, Colangelo should not have the leash to fire a third coach under his watch, especially one who’s yet to be given a chance with anything but a flawed roster. I’ve admitted that Casey deserves his own share of blame to start this season, but he also deserves a heck of a lot more leash than Colangelo.
Speaking of Casey, Holly MacKenzie wrote about the Raptors’ young core players backing their coach. For my money, I’d like to see what Casey can do with those young players at the forefront over the next little while, as with Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry out of the lineup, the Raps will be leaning on DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas and even Terrence Ross to a lesser extent.
If the team still looks clueless and lost on the defensive end without a consistent effort to hang their hats on, then the “Fire Casey” movement will gain steam. But if, like Wednesday against the Nets, the Raptors’ younger players continue to respond to their coach, I don’t think we’ll be able to pin much of the team’s struggles on Casey.
As for Colangelo, you would think that his job is on the line before Casey’s, but I also think that it would take an even further team meltdown for the board to actually fire him mid-season. Don’t get me wrong – if the Raptors lose 50 games (they look well on their way) or are just generally depressing all season and then don’t have a draft pick to show for it, I fully expect Bryan’s team option for next season to be declined. It’s just that I can’t see that decision being hastened and the board relieving Colangelo of his duties mid-season unless this situation stoops to a level of epic proportions.
Having said that, given the 4-19 start and the slew of injuries Toronto is now dealing with, are we really that far off from said disaster?