Colangelo Speaks Chris Bosh

I’ll admit it, since little TSM’s been at sleepover camp for the first time, my appetite for all things sports seems to have waned. Having said that, with each day I get more comfortable with his sudden absence and am returning to my normal routine. In any event, while in the fog of just having left him at camp, Mccown talked to Bryan Colangelo, the Toronto Raptors President and General Manager. Although I knew about the interview, having posted it on a bikini of the day post, I didn’t listen in.

Thanks to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, who has a great review of the interview I now have.

I am not going to summarize the interview as Ryan has done that already. Here’s what I’ll say. First, it’s another example, in mind anyways of why Mccown is great at what he does. It’s just a damn good interview. He asks the questions that I as a fan want him to ask. He brings out the best in these types of guests.

As an aside, Mccown was a guest PA announcer at the Jays game the other night, on 80’s night- a tribute back to the day (in 79 I believe) when he actually did the job. I was at that game and immediately awoke from my slumber when Mccown was shown on the big screen and introduced as the guest PA announcer. Two observations: 1- He didn’t wear his sunglasses. 2. Although he did the job in which he was asked to do, it would have been nice/fun/entertaining if he wasn’t such a pro about it. He called every batter who came to the plate. But that was it. I, for one wanted a little bit of fun/entertaining. I digress.

From my perspective it was interesting to hear Colangelo’s opinion now, and I understand why he didn’t say any of this then, but it doesn’t sit well with me. Personally, I don’t think the negative pr, no matter how true it may be, is necessary. I mean, what benefit does it do?

“We tried in vain to put pieces around Chris. Different pieces, different styles. It didn’t work out.”

“No matter what type of player we brought in, it didn’t seem to have the right mix with him as that centrepiece.”

That, from Wolstat’s article, is apparent to even a basketball novice like me. One could argue that the comment can be interpreted many different ways. If you listen to the interview, it certainly sounds like Colangelo is doing more than just stating the obvious.

In any event, the Raptors will press on. I’m curious how Raptors fans feel about the interview. To me, I would rather all he said was, something along the lines of, he was great while he was here, we took our best shot at signing him, and he decided to leave.

TSM

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Listen to Mccown interview Colangelo here
Read Ryan Wolstat’s review of the interview here

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Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
July 28, 2010 9:37 am

Very simply, Colangelo fucked up (excuse the language, but totally appropriate in this case) royally here. Whether McCown asked the right questions or not to elicit a response back in the vain that was delivered, the owness was on Colangelo to act like a professional GM, and not some spurned lover.

This for me was the final straw as far as Colangelo is concerned. There really is nothing that he can do at this point to win me back as a supporter.

His entire gameplan and premise was to build around Chris Bosh. Chris fricken Alfred Bosh? A support player who only got his 20/10 numbers because he was the focal point of the offense, and in doing so took 5 seconds off of every shot clock before he made up his mind what he wanted to do with the ball. He is an incredibly predictable player and the only thing he delivers is a good ability to get to the line, something the Raptors have lacked for ages, at least since Antonio Davis was here.

The polls are in and Colangelo and the Raptors have been given below average grades for their off-season moves. Yes, had the Charlotte trade gone through (no fault of Colangelo) it likely would have made us average and maybe above average, but this is a results oriented league, and bottom line, Colangelo failed to get it done. Barnes would have been nice but that deal was messed up by both sides from the get go.

You can’t turn over a roster every year! Finally, Colangelo is waking up and smelling the coffee on this, but too little too late for me.

Getting back to Colangelo’s comments, he obviously let his anger and frustration for where the Raptors are now get the best of him, and he would do himself a favour by not showing up on McCown’s show, because he is out of his league here. The Emperor has no clothes.

Ian
Ian
July 28, 2010 9:48 am

The point Colangelo was making was that Bosh had decided to leave by the All Star game. For the Raps to be doing well in the standings was a real inconvenience — he had to leave a hopeless team out of the playoffs. How do you do that? By staying out of the lineup for 6 more games than necessary, and killing post-season hopes.

Bosh, Wade and James had this cooked up long before the 2009 season started. Fans did not get their money’s worth – they were paying for a fraud right from the start.

To my mind, it’s completely appropriate for Colangelo to call out Bosh. I don’t get why we’re not behind Bryan 100% on this.

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
July 28, 2010 10:02 am

It sounds like BC is doing a lot of ass covering these days, and probably should be based on the results of the Raptors since he has been in control.

I am not really a BBall fan, and really do not understand all the intricacies of the game, but I was under the impression that when BC came here he was the new messiah of NBA management types. It seems he has had the budget, just has not been able to put the right players on the court.

If I was a Raptors fan, I would be pissed at yet another year of roster over haul.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
July 28, 2010 10:07 am

Ian, I don’t buy that. What difference did it really make if the Raptors squeaked into the playoffs? They would have been massive underdogs in the first round, and lucky to win a game.

Even if they won a round (almost impossible) Bosh played out his contract, so could go where he chose to. How would this even matter to him. In fact, it would benefit him due to winning a round in the playoffs, giving him some more experience before going to Miami.

I just don’t see Bosh pulling a stunt like that, faking an injury like that. As Jack Armstrong said, I look at Chris and for 6 1/2 years he laid it on the line for us. Things fell apart for Bosh after the all-star break, but Armstrong was not prepared to throw Bosh under the bus, and I agree.

Even if it is 100% true, it looks like sour grapes on Colangelo’s part. It may feel good for him to get it out on air, but it hurts his reputation and the franchise, as Bosh is well connected, and even more so now. Why piss on him when he is gone making it even harder to bring American talent in.

I have not been a Bosh supporter as the focal point of this team. In fact, I called for him to be traded over two years ago as I thought the risks were too great to lose him, which happened in the end.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
July 28, 2010 11:06 am

Al from Burlington, for someone not claiming to be a real basketball fan, you just hit a three pointer.

Colangelo was cleared a ton of cap space by Embry in order to give him the ability to build his own team and to attract him to Toronto.

He failed in surrrounding Bosh with talent, but the premise was wrong to begin with. I am not saying it is easy, but we needed an impact star player on the wing or the 2 who could take over games and be the go to person in crunch time and also be a better player than Bosh. This was our best shot at being a powerhouse team with a shot at winning a championship.

You are also right that another year of roster overhaul means we will suck, but at least the roster has enough young players who will improve and we can build on. Are they good enough to make us a playoff contender someday? It is possible, but I don’t see even under the best case scenario this team being a force in the East two to three years from now. We need a high draft pick and an impact player to draft as per above. Plus, Miami has taken control of the Conference, so the best we can do it be in the second tier of Eastern teams.

MEDIAGUY
MEDIAGUY
July 28, 2010 3:51 pm

McCown was the p.a. announcer at the CNE for 1977 only. He was replaced by Murray Eldon because he ended up doing his sports talk show on CKFH from the ballpark and couldn’t do p.a. as well. Once, he left the mic open after announcing Jason Thompson of the Tigers coming to the plate. McCown turned to the organist, Ralph Fraser, and said “This guy’s gonna hit one out”. The entire ballpark heard it, and on the next pitch, Thompson hit a towering homerun to right field. A classic moment!

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