I doubt there were many smiles in the reported meeting between Colangelo and MLSE board members

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.

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?

Comments (21)

  1. Oops! Sorry Sam Mitchell and Jay Triano.

    • Absolutely!!! Changing coaches was not and is not the issue. I don’t blame BC in so much that he made some picks that didn’t work out. Because IMO he made some good picks. He showed himself to be a mover when the need called for it but again chemistry seemed to elude. The only real glaring error that BC is guilty of is not picking the right pieces and enough pieces with some super talent. They are hard to find and I don’t know if there is enough to go around but TO has not gotten many super talents. People who can take over a game but need some support.

    • R U KIDDING MENTIONING JAY”accomplice to his father’s crimes” TRIANO as a coach?

  2. I mentioned briefly in the last thread: I think there’s a good chance Colangelo resigns mid-season if he knows he’s not getting renewed. His tenure hasn’t been a success, but he came over with huge fanfare, and has been a huge asset that lent his credibility to the franchise and MLSE. I think the organization will let him leave on his terms, whatever they may be, and my sense is he wouldn’t want to stick around to run out the string if he’s not coming back. No proof for any of this, just spitballin’.

  3. As one of the RR members has it on his profile “There is no need to fear failure, if you can keep lowering the bar”. That really describes perfectly Colangelo and MLSE strategy.

    As long as the seats at the ACC are filled, no need to worry. The cash is flowing in, why bother raising the bar?

    • This is such a common criticism of MLSE – I’m no fan of the organization (or their dismal success running franchises) but do you honestly think a bunch of businessmen are NOT interested in making the playoffs? The playoffs are huge, huge money for a sports team. In hockey and basketball you’re looking at the potential of up to two extra months of ticket sales and, more importantly, national TV broadcasts. Maybe the suits really don’t give a crap about all that potential $$$, but I’m skeptical.

      They have brought in big names to run their teams in Colangelo and Burke, even though the returns have been miserable.

      • I think you have a point, but as long as regular season seats are sold out and there are corporate sponsors there isn’t AS much of a need to make the playoffs.

        • This is true – there are businesses run this way (satisfied with current productivity and uninterested in growth).

  4. If they’re bad, I just hope they’re bad enough to keep their pick this year.

    • What is so good about this draft that they need to keep their pick? I’d rather they give it up this year than in the future.

    • I’d rather lose this year’s top-three protected pick than the next year’s top-two protected pick, especially with Wiggins on the horizon.

      • This year is definitely the year to lose a pick. There are some decent players, but it’s got way more in common with the 2006 draft than anything, which is a scary thought. Getting the top pick in this draft would almost be disastrous, because it would eliminate the Raptors from the running to get Wiggins.

    • Don’t worry. They are going to have plenty of lottery picks in the upcoming years.

  5. Losing the pick to an already stacked OKC team will sting the most in my opinion. If it’s a top 7 pick I just know OKC will draft a young future all-star…that’s just the way the Raptors luck is, and OKC is just good at drafting. HOWEVER, if losing the pick=BC gone, then in my opinion that’s worth it (provided we hire someone with a real vision and draft talent).

    • OKC drafting properly, and the Raptors drafting the way they do has nothing to do with luck in my opinion. I completely agree with the rest of your post, and would like to add that Colangelo should have been gone long time ago. He had fantastic opportunity when he took over 7 years ago (Bosh on the team + first round pick) and he failed miserably. The team’s record over past 4 years speaks for itself.

      • By “luck” I just meant that instead of falling into the lower portion of the lottery/first round, or getting a top 3 pick, they will probably get a 4th or 5th pick (or is it top 4 protected?). Therefore they will just barely miss keeping the pick.

        …or they get their pick this year in this, apparently, weak draft but lose a top 5 pick next year!! …and OKC drafts Wiggins!!

    • If OKC gets the pick then so what? The Raptors don’t need an all-star. They need a franchise player and they won’t get one this year anyways.

      • You’re right one one level. They won’t win a championship without a true franchise player. But they also need assets, and an all-star is nothing to scoff at. Sometimes a few assets can be turned into a franchise player, a la Chris Paul to LA, or Garnett to Boston.

  6. Two-year-tank is in full effect . It would be an absolute tragedy if the Raps didn’t do everything possible to position themselves for Wiggins.

  7. Can’t they just fire MLSE instead? Bunch of morons…..

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