Truth Tellers Beware – The REAL reason Sam Mitchell was fired by the Raptors
Two local reporters/writers/journalists who do a solid job covering the day-to-day shenanigans which occur with the Toronto Raptors are Dave Feschuk [Toronto Star] and Michael Grange [Globe and Mail].
According to one vocal on-line source of opinion about the team, Raptoronto, Mr. Grange is apparently someone who is not well-liked by Bryan Colangelo, the President/GM of the Raptors … for reference please see, Team Canada, Comment #8; while the other, Mr. Feschuk, will, most assuredly, draw no bouquets today from the Dino’s Head Office for expressing his sentiments plainly, regarding The State of the Raptors’ Agony:
You have to respect that Jay Triano, the interim head coach in charge of front-of-the-camera optimism, is in a tricky position.
Triano, think about it, has to make daily attempts at explaining a dud of a campaign without trashing the wafer-thin roster that has been assembled by Bryan Colangelo, the resident president and general manager. Repeatedly suggesting that a lack of talent is at the heart of these past couple of years of woe, after all, is one of the key reasons a truth teller named Sam Mitchell got a paid vacation after 17 games. Unlike Mitchell, Triano doesn’t have a multi-million-dollar golden handshake awaiting him if he loses his gig. He has to remain in Colangelo’s favour if there is any chance of him retaining the job come autumn (and there is, make no mistake, a good chance that he will).
And so Triano has turned to some interesting media-scrum topics, speaking as though there’s something to be learned in all this losing other than what we all know – that Toronto needs better players.
“In the grand scheme of things I hate losing, but I sat through loss after loss after loss in Vancouver watching as a broadcaster, and I think that helped me more than watching them win would have,” said Triano.
It must be comforting for fans to know that Triano, when things look destitute, leans on his six years of experience as a radio broadcaster for Vancouver Grizzlies, only the worst-run franchise in NBA history, a team that, in its best season, won 23 games. And if you ever need any game-night advice, Jay, I know a TV technician who sat courtside when Darrell Walker and Butch Carter combined to coach the Raptors to a 16-66 record. Dude has been the second coming of Red Auerbach ever since.
The truth is, Triano has done more than watch the Grizzlies play poorly. He’s a hard-working coach who has been around the NBA a long time. But at least half the head-coaching job, he must know, has nothing to do with all that. It’s about communicating effectively with players and media and fans.
Yesterday wasn’t one of his better days in that regard. Somebody asked Triano, after he had made reference to making notes for next season’s training camp, how he knew he’d even be at training camp.
“If I’m coaching down the street at a high school, I’ve got notes now from an experience this year,” he said. “I’m a coach, so I don’t need to be here. I could be anywhere I want to be.”
That’s not true at all. He can be an NBA head coach here and nowhere else, at least for now. But forgive Triano for spouting balderdash when the questions come fast.
Colangelo being who he is – a guy who doesn’t like to hear a word against what he’s built here – speaking the truth is not an option.
This corner of the net has always had a base affinity with those prepared to risk the ire of others … particularly those in positions of reknown … who may have lost their way, either temporarily or permanently, and ceased to function with The Best Interests of The Team at the core of their purpose.
Accordingly, Mr. Grange and Mr. Feschuk each have earned the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. of yours truly for expressing their opinions and ideas about what’s actually gone on [and gone wrong] with the Raptors this season.
Kudos to both … for doing their jobs well.