Raptors GM Honeymoon Officially Over

I am not a Bryan Colangelo basher. I drank the kool-aid along with everyone else. I thought he was going to be THE MAN. The guy who changed the Raptors fortunes. The proof, however as they say is in the pudding. So far the pudding is pretty f’n lousy. Until now however, no one has actually called out the GM, in large part, it says here, because no one in the media knows the game well enough to criticize him. I certainly don’t.

Well, Steve Simmons has finally called him and you can’t disagree with anything he has written:

” Bryan Colangelo appears to be delusional about the state of his Raptors.

He steadfastly grasps the notion that he believes in this wonky roster. He defends his players with the kind of vigour they lack on the court. And he keeps trading away first-round draft picks — two in the past two years.

The Golden Boy of the Raptors is no more. Where once, every word seemed believable, now he talks in bafflegab. His post-trade conference call, following the Jermaine O’Neal-Shawn Marion deal, sounded like an exercise in creative dance, full of expression but meaning what? The simpler the question, the more complicated the answer.

Two years ago, his plan for the future was built around the acquisition of T.J. Ford. That didn’t work. This season, it was built around the acquisition of O’Neal. That didn’t work. And now, the plan has been altered once again.

With Chris Bosh’s status in Toronto uncertain, and Colangelo talking about playing for this year with the Raptors second-last in the Eastern Conference and with interim coach Jay Triano’s record only 13-25, for the first time there have to be concerns about the direction Colangelo is taking this franchise.

Until now, he has been given the benefit of the doubt on just about every decision he has made. That statute of limitations is now over. ”

Thanks Steve, it is about time that someone called bullshit. I hope Colangelo proves to be half the GM that we were sold. That would at least make him mortal. I don’t expect every move to be a homer (or three pointer). I give Colangelo credit for dumping Jermaine O’neal quickly, as opposed to insisting that the move to get him was anything but a blunder. I have no clue if the Raptors can make the playoffs this year. I know that in any sport the way to get better is to build through the draft. I know that BC likes to deal away his picks- maybe spending time with Cliff has got him thinking Draft Schmaft…..

In any event kudos to Simmons for doing what others haven’t so far. Hopefully others won’t have to.

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February 15, 2009 11:17 am

I was wondering when this was coming. I don’t really follow basketball, but I have read all the hype about Colangelo and follow the Raptors superficially. It seems that every year there’s a new “savior”, which is largely trying to rid the Raptors of a bad decision (of Colangelo’s) and costing them to get rid of the asset (e.g. Alonzo). I think you hit the nail on the head, whereby people in TO, myself included, do not know the game well enough, and that has given Colangelo a lot of leeway with the media and Public. I suspect in a place like NY or BOS it may have been a little bumpier ride for Colangelo.

February 15, 2009 2:50 pm

On the one hand,he dumped JO before he went on long term disability,and I do see him nearing the end of his career.On the other hand,he overpaid by handing over the draft pick,regardless of it being lottery protected.The bloom is clearly off the rose,we thought we were getting a GM who would win trades.

The Meatriarchy
February 17, 2009 7:07 am

Is it just me or does Colangelo seem totally bored? Is that his normal personality? Remember there was some talk that the move to bring him to Toronto was orchestrated by David Stern. Perhaps Colangelo doesn’t have his heart in this 100%.

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