Archive for the ‘Bryan Colangelo’ Category

As you’re probably aware by now, Andrea Bargnani passionately clarified his scrutinized Italian comments today, stating that he was misquoted on certain things, specifically his quote about the Raptors being the worst team in the NBA. To be honest, from my basic comprehension of Italian, it seems it was more a case of things being lost in translation to English than it was a situation of a reporter making things up.

While Bargnani’s quick response is appreciated, it really doesn’t change anything. I didn’t take issue with him referring to the Raptors as the worst team in the NBA or one of the worst teams in the NBA, or whatever he says he said to La Gazzetta dello Sport. I took issue with his claim that he’s improved every year (since he’s playing some of the worst basketball of his career in year seven) and the closing remarks attributed to him.

But that’s besides the point. If Andrea was hard done by and misrepresented in the printed interview, he should take action to hold those responsible accountable, but from the Raptors’ perspective, nothing changes in the grand scheme of things. Whatever was or wasn’t said in this mysterious Italian interview doesn’t change the fact that he’s worn out his welcome here or that he clearly doesn’t fit with the identity and culture change the team continues to strive for under Dwane Casey.

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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…

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With the Raptors in the midst of an absolutely horrendous start, Drew, Oliver and I got together to discuss the shitshow that has been the 2012-13 season so far, the recently completed winless road trip, more Bargnani hate, whether Dwane Casey and Bryan Colangelo should have any job security, and which players are actually worth keeping in Toronto.

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Listening to Bryan Colangelo’s comments as part of the Raptors/Clippers broadcast on Sunday afternoon, it sounded like the Raptors’ President and General Manager might have been pointing the finger at head coach Dwane Casey.

After all, if the team’s 4-16 start (as of Colangelo’s comments on Sunday. Now, the team is 4-18) isn’t a talent issue, but has more to do with focus and attention to detail, wouldn’t you say that sounds like a coaching issue? There was also a random Colangelo comment about how he hoped Terrence Ross would have got more playing time in the pre-season.

Nonetheless, Colangelo shot down any thoughts of a coaching change while making the media rounds on Monday, and on Tuesday, Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY reported that Casey isn’t in danger of losing his job “at the moment.”

Citing “two people with knowledge of the Raptors’ thinking,” the report also states that “the more relevant question is how long it will be until Colangelo makes a roster move that helps his own situation.”

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I’d call this rock bottom, but the saddest part is that I still think it can get worse.

Here are some thoughts on the game and the general state of this team right now:

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