Did Bryan Colangelo Land A Ricciardi?

Blame me. That’s what Bryan Colangelo has said. Okay. Done. Raise your hand if you feel better having someone to blame.

Still feel shitty? Me too.

Here’s my problem. I know crap about NBA basketball. So when Colangelo took the slap chopto his roster I relied on those in the know out there.

I’m not sure anyone predicted this mess. Hell, the experts were singing Colangelo’s praise with each and every move.

How was everyone so wrong?

“Turkoglu in particular is so abject and so low energy and has such awful body language that it is not a stretch to repeat the sneaking suspicion he is this franchise’s Vernon Wells.”

That from Jeff Blair in the Globe and Mail. Now I know the background on jp and Vernon, but who thought when Turkoglu wad brought in we were looking at this scenario? Now we are wondering if we can get him to play for the Marlies.

Are any other Raptors fans feeling rather helpless right now? The guy we were sold as our saviour, the guy who was going to bring sucess and stability to the franchise can only truly be proud of one thing right now, he’s standup. He’s not blaming anyone but himself.

When MLSE was out looking for a Gm for the maple leafs, they were, it was said looking for the hockey version of Bryan Colangelo. Leaf fans, how many of you are hoping that that blueprint wasn’t totally followed with Brian Burke?

So let’s take stock. Assume we don’t make playoffs or do bit get bounced early. What are we left with? Bosh is gone, has to be if either of those 2 scenarios play out. Then we have Hedo wells and Andrea. Uh huh. Oh, and jay triano. You lining up to renew those tickets?

A season that opened with promise is going flush. Someone has accepted blame. Is that enough?

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Raptors Devotee
March 20, 2010 4:36 am

I drank the Colangelo kool-aid in the off-season, with him able to sign Turkoglu and also arrange the sign and trades to bring more players in from what looked like at the time a very depleted roster. While not convinced that Turkoglu was a smart move, given his age and the redundency in his skill sets to what we had already, I gave BC the benefit of the doubt.

After the rocky 7-13 start, which was expected given the integration of 9 new players plus a very tough schedule, the Raps found themselves, and shared the ball well. Since the all-star game they are totally lost. Bosh is playing nowhere near the level he did before the break, he called out his teamates when he should also be looking in the mirror himself. Yes, we have a bunch of stiffs, Turk every game, Calderon every game (by default for his lack of defense), Bargs most games, need I go on. Even if we were playing better, our team is not made to compete in the playoffs. We are soft and lack the competitive fire to be a team that opponents fear.

Yes, BC accepts responsibility, but how does that change anything? We are so screwed looking ahead the next 3 years, with horrific players/contracts. The Maple Leafs have a much brighter future than the Raptors now. So do the Blue Jays. We are a team in decline and with Bosh gone who do we have to look at on the team for hope? DeRozan is a project, and is years away from makng an impact, if he does. His draft pick was not really a mistake, but BC not getting a 2nd pick with so much talent still on the board was.

We could make the playoffs now with a sub-500 record and get swept. I can hardly contain my excitement.


[…] Did Bryan Colangelo Land A Ricciardi? | Toronto Sports Media Blog “Turkoglu in particular is so abject and so low energy and has such awful body language that it is not a stretch to repeat the sneaking suspicion he is this franchise’s Vernon Wells.” That from Jeff Blair in the Globe and Mail. […]

March 20, 2010 9:36 am

Raptor Devotee summed it up perfectly when he wrote “We are soft and lack the competitive fire to be a team that opponents fear.”

Ever wonder how pro teams with seemingly less talent on their roster than others in their league can continuously put out competitive teams? At the pro level, it’s about much more than talet. GM’s need to focus more on attributes….guys that have the ability to execute a coaches game plan, think for themselves on the field, ice, court….and most importantly, have the competitive fire that Raptor Devotee speaks of. Chris Bosh is a great player – and can on occassion win a game here and there on his own abilities…but he doesn’t command the respect and/or doesn’t have the ability to fire up his teammates….So yes, the Raptors once again lack leadership. Charles Oakley, please come out of retirement and wake these guys up. There is enough talent on this team to be at least a 5th place team in the East – they simply don’t have leadership and character.

Until a Raptor GM addresses leadership and character, this ship will continuously go sideways.

March 21, 2010 1:03 pm

Lt67 was right when he said Raptors Devotee was right about saying “We are soft and lack the competitive fire to be a team that opponents fear.”

Turk doesn’t look like he’d even get excited to be Grand Marshall at a Turkish Day parade, maybe he’s tired of carry his big paycheck to the bank.Chemistry is everything,and the Raps are clearly lacking in that respect

March 22, 2010 10:45 am

I went to my first game in maybe 7 or 8 years on Friday night and the Raptors DO have chemistry. Unfortunately it’s all shown prior to tip off. They were bouncing around like best buddies – lots of laughs, lots of energy. Then the ball was tipped and you’d swear someone just died. This team has lost whatever mojo they had – and they won’t get it back in time to stage a first round upset of the big 3 in the East.

Mike S
Mike S
March 22, 2010 12:21 pm

Maybe Colangelo is not the genius that many portray him to be………….I am not saying they should get rid of him, but he should be held accountable to some extent

Every time the Raptors make a trade or signing the basketball media in this city tells us how good a move it is…………..if all of the moves are so great then why has their record been so bad since Colangelo got here?

Brady is right…………….if this team was in the West they would not come close to making the playoffs and their record would probably be something like 32-50

March 23, 2010 11:44 am

A season that opened with promise? They were terrible to start. Played well in the middle against terrible teams and are now in the process of a terrible finish. TERRIBLE!

The BC supporters should really ask themselves: what has BC done during his tenure in Toronto aside from turning the roster over year after year because it seems like he really doesn’t have a plan.

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