Where for art thou, Saviour, in Raptorville?
Instead of fluff pieces like this …
The Love is Gone
There’s been a definite backlash against Bosh this past year, partly, we’re sure, out of frustration because their team was so disappointing this past season. It appears that the realization that Bosh is most likely best-suited as a second option on a good team has made him a focus of fans’ ire.
which contain erroneous opinions about a stalwart player like Chris Bosh, more media attention needs to shift focus onto the person who is actually responsible for the team’s precipitous decline in performance over the last few seasons.
The fact is …
* Chris Bosh’s productivity is not what’s declined recently, in Raptorville.
* The quality of Bryan Colangelo’s decision-making has declined during these years:
2005-2006, 14-21/.400, 4th/Atlantic Division, 12th/Eastern Conference
2006-2007, 47-35/.573, 1st/Atlantic Division, 3rd/Eastern Conference
2007-2008, 41-41/.500, 2nd/Atlantic Division, 6th/Eastern Conference
2008-2009, 33-49/.402, 4th/Atlantic Division, 13th/Eastern Conference
Overall, 135-146/.480, Zero ["0"] Playoff Series Victories
After 3.5 seasons at the Raptors’ helm, it should now be clear for others to see that the few NBA Experts who claimed that MLSE actually hired an “average” GM to run its basketball operation, in the aftermath of dismissing Rob Babcock [i.e. another less-than-stellar GM, in his own right] … if the actual goal was to become a championship calibre team in the not-too-distant future … were, in fact, 100% correct.
None of which is to say that Bryan Colangelo is, either, incompetent or should be fired anytime soon but, rather, only that:
1. Denigrating a player like Chris Bosh is a case of mis-placed, ill-informed blame;
2. The actual Evaluation Spotlight needs to be focused instead on the Leadership of the Organization for failing to do its job properly, up to this point, if the proper steps are going to be taken moving forward.
The best way to build a championship calibre team in the NBA today remains the same as it has always been:
1. Have one stable owner who is in the game to win championships, not mainly to maximize profits [which should only be viewed as an off-shoot which comes from Winning];
2. Have a General Manager with outstanding Basketball Acumen … and a long term commitment to build a championship calibre organization, with the primary goal of winning the NBA Title, year after year;
3. Have a Head Coach with a specific and comprehensive Approach To Playing The Game which emphasizes the basic fundamentals of [I] Rebounding, [II] Team Offense and [III] Team Defense, in a balanced way … but who can also orchestrate and take advantage of mis-match situations.
4. Have a number of outstanding individual players who [I] buy into the Team Concept, whole-heartedly, [II] with Good Character and [III] a Combination of Individual Strengths which [i] Fit Well Together, [i] Create and Cope with Mis-match Situations, provide [iii] Quality Depth [overall] and, at least, [iv] two or three solid Scorers, a stable Point Guard and a stable Center.
5. Acquire these outstanding players, primarily, through the annual NBA Draft, secondarily, via specific Trades and, thirdly, with select Free Agent signings … while adhering to the Basic Tenets outlined in #1, #2, #3 and #4, listed above.
Organizations which choose to violate these guidelines … although they might win a lot of regular season games, advance through a few rounds of the playoffs, and make a lot of money for their owner[s] along the way … will fail to win the NBA championship, repeatedly.
Basketball is a fantastic game.
In the end … The Ball Don’t Lie.