RaptorBlog Radio: D-Day

Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

After last week’s episode was one of our more optimistic editions of the season, this week’s edition takes on a much more appropriately negative tone.

On that note, Drew, Oliver and I touch on the most disappointing week of the season, what went wrong for the Raptors, whether Dwane Casey deserves any blame, the never ending Andrea Bargnani conundrum and what, if anything, there is to look forward to in the final 22 games. As usual, we wrap up by looking ahead to this week’s schedule, which includes a tough West coast road trip beginning tonight in Golden State.

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Comments (6)

  1. Strongly disagree that amir, derozan, and ross should be considered core pieces.

  2. Another solid episode.

    It’s pretty sad that we still can’t seriously have the discussion about whether Colangelo or Casey (or both) should be replaced even though Colangelo isn’t under contract for next year as the organization goes 5 consecutive seasons without making the playoffs for the first time in its history.

    Are we just resigned to another year of this?

    • I am not a big fan of Casey’s but he is well respected in the league by his peers. I think one of the bigger problems (and I blame this on the coach) is that the team doesn’t have an identity, the players don’t know what their roles are. But the team has undergone so many changes this year it’s hard to blame them.

      As far as Colangelo goes, I am not his biggest fan but the fact remains he is one of the more high-profile GM’s in this league. He is certainly an A-type personality who goes out and gets deals done. Lord knows it has not been his lack of effort of trying to put a successful team on the floor. He has great assistants such as Wayne Embry by his side and they try to make the best educated decisions they can. They have not always worked out but other than Bargnani, what other move has he made that has lingered over the years?

      I think you have to look at the conundrum you post above like this. Is this team in the playoffs next year with the team that they have? I think the answer is a whole-heartedly YES. Without their horrific start this year, they should have been in the playoffs, but with Jonas having another year under his belt, maybe T-ross makes some progress, Demar, Amir, status quo, Lowry maybe smartens his game a little, there is no reason this team is not in the playoffs next year. And who knows what changes Colangelo can bring in the offseason. He is certainly always in the thick of things…

      I know many will disagree with me, but I’d like to see the Colangelo / Casey combo back next year, and if there is more disappointment, then the hell with them.

      • We’ve been through 7? years now with Colangelo, 5 years without the playoffs, and all we will have to show for it is a future of more first round playoff exits? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that simply making the playoffs as a low seed is a successful rebuild.

        I don’t think one more year is going to change how most people (including myself) view Colangelo. That being, he doesn’t seem to have a clue of what he’s doing.

        • I don’t see how a new GM will help this team moving forward. Getting rid of Bargnani before the start of next year will give this team a chance to build a new identity. Acquiring Lowry and shipping out Calderon was essential to start this building process. Drafting JV (a true center this franchise has been lacking forever), signing Derozan to an extension (How many ppl think this was a dumb move NOW) and acquiring Rudy Gay were all good/great moves. This should be a playoff team next year, although there are still some glaring weaknesses that need to be addressed. Let Colangelo continue to put the pieces in place, he’s doing the best he can with what he has to work with.

          • @Sly, I don’t understand, do you think the GM doesn’t make a difference? Colangelo being the GM is seen as a problem because he has a pretty spotty history with major transactions as the Raptor’s GM, and the team has performed terribly for the past five years.

            MLSE has limited means to keep him accountable. When his last contract was up, he was given a one year deal – a message to him and everyone that the teams performance needed to improve. WIthout that improvement, rewarding him with a new contract sends a message from the top down that ownership will tolerate poor performance.

            They need a new GM to make different decisions. There are a few good pieces here, that’s the best possible time to change GMs. If they wait until the cupboard is bare again, a new GM will have little power to change the teams’ direction.

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