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When assessing the performance of an athlete, coach or GM/executive, there are two qualifiers that you must abide by – large sample sizes and recent sample sizes. Large sample sizes are necessary to eliminate the effect of outliers. A recent sample size is necessary because you have to give someone an opportunity for personal improvement on the job. If a player or executive shows a large new sample of work, why do we care about what he did in the past?

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at Bryan Colangelo’s tenure in Toronto, with a quick comment on each major trade, free agent signing and draft pick BC has made during his seven years as President and General Manager of the Raptors…

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The first game of a new era in Raptors basketball ended like so many before – with Toronto losing a heartbreaking game in the final seconds and the officials playing a big part in the finish.

Now here are some thoughts on the game…

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With the Raptors mired in another losing streak and sitting 11 games under .500, now a nearly insurmountable 6.5 games out a playoff spot, much of the talk among fans and observers is about what the Raptors have to do to improve, specifically in the short term.

Much of the talk is about what moves have to be made. But if you ask me, the real concern for a team at a delicate stage of a rebuilding process should be more about what moves have to be avoided.

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With the unexpected firing of Brian Burke on Wednesday, many Toronto sports fans find themselves asking if the other Bryan – as in Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo – is next on the chopping block.

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With Andrea Bargnani out of the lineup due to a torn elbow ligament, the talk among Raptors fans has moved from potential trade scenarios involving the seven-foot Italian to praise for the team’s defensive effort without their “star” player. But while fans may not necessarily be proposing specific trades anymore, the opinion that he needs to be traded – anywhere, for anything – is only gaining support.

And for those fans, David Aldridge provided an encouraging update earlier today on NBA.com

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