Posts Tagged ‘Bryan Colangelo’

And, then, there were two …

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

According to Raptors beat reporter Doug Smith:


Casey or Frank next Raptors coach

According to multiple NBA sources, the Raptors have narrowed the search for a new coach to two men: Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtic assistant Lawrence Frank.

Sources say president and general manager Bryan Colangelo has a strong desire to have a new coach in place as long before the June 23 NBA draft as possible but he cannot even begin interviewing Casey until the Mavericks are finished their NBA final series against the Miami Heat.


Despite what Mr. Smith suggests are the ”strengths and weaknesses” of these two respective candidates, Raptors fans should also be made aware of the following biographical information concerning these two men, as prospective future head coaches in Toronto:

Dwayne Casey

2 06-07 Minnesota Dwayne Casey 33-49 .402 DNQ Fired
1 05-06 Minnesota Dwayne Casey 20-20 .500 DNQ  
LEGEND: DNQ – Did not qualify for the playoffs.

Lawrence Frank

7 09-10 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 0-16 .000 DNQ Fired
6 08-09 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 34-48 .415 DNQ  
5 07-08 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 34-48 .415 DNQ  
4 06-07 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 41-41 .500 2nd Rd  
3 05-06 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 49-33 .598 2nd Rd  
2 04-05 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 42-40 .512 1st Rd  
1 03-04 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 25-15 .625 2nd Rd  
LEGEND: DNQ – Did not qualify for the playoffs.


Although neither Lawrence Frank nor Dwayne Casey is actually the type of Transformational Coach that the Raptors will need to eventually take their franchise to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference … if you examine the track record of Bryan Colangelo:

18 11-12 Toronto ? ?-? ?  ? ?
17 10-11 Toronto Jay Triano * 22-60 .268 DNQ #7
16 09-10 Toronto Jay Triano 40-42 .488 DNQ  
15 08-09 Toronto Sam Mitchell * 8-9 .471   #6
      Jay Triano 25-40 .385 DNQ  
14 07-08 Toronto Sam Mitchell 41-41 .500 1st Rd  
13 06-07 Toronto Sam Mitchell 47-35 .573 1st Rd  
12 05-06 Phoenix Mike D’Antoni 38-17 .691 3rd Rd  
    Toronto Sam Mitchell 7-19 .269 DNQ  
11 04-05 Phoenix Mike D’Antoni 62-20 .756 3rd Rd  
10 03-04 Phoenix Frank Johnson * 8-13 .381   #5
      Mike D’Antoni 21-40 .344 DNQ  
9 02-03 Phoenix Frank Johnson 44-38 .537 1st Rd  
8 01-02 Phoenix Scott Skiles * 25-26 .490   #4
      Frank Johnson 11-20 .355 DNQ  
7 00-01 Phoenix Scott Skiles 51-31 .622 1st Rd  
6 99-00 Phoenix Danny Ainge * 13-7 .650   #3
      Scott Skiles 40-22 .645 2nd Rd  
5 98-99 Phoenix Danny Ainge 27-23 .540 1st Rd  
4 97-98 Phoenix Danny Ainge 56-26 .683 1st Rd  
3 96-97 Phoenix Cotton Fitzsimmons * 0-8 .000   #2
      Danny Ainge 40-34 .541 1st Rd  
2 95-96 Phoenix Paul Westphal * 14-19 .424   #1
      Cotton Fitzsimmons 27-22 .551 1st Rd  
1 94-95 Phoenix Paul Westphal 59-23 .720 2nd Rd  
LEGEND: DNQ – Did not qualify for the playoffs; * – Replaced as head coach.

each at least has some of the necessary ingredients to improve the team’s on-court performance next season – including the ability to prioritize rebounding and team defense – which is actually what is most important right now to the team’s GM, since he just signed only a 2-year contract extension with MLSE.

Bryan Colangelo explains decision to ‘re-assign’ Jay Triano

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

It’s important to actually listen to what someone has to say about a specific topic before forming one’s own opinion about what this person’s words and actions may have meant and what could, possibly, lie ahead.

 Here’s the link for yesterday’s conference call with Bryan Colangelo and Toronto-based sports media.



PS. FWIW … Please close attention to the part where Bryan Colangelo mentions for the first time, during his tenure with the team, that the goal of the Raptors organization is to eventually be able to win the NBA Championship.  :-)

When Jay Triano’s ‘pink slip’ was signed by Bryan Colangelo

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Tim Chisholm [TSN] authoured the following blog entry at 12:14:00 PM, on May 27 2011:


Raptors need to evaluate coaching options

With Bryan Colangelo locked-up for the next two-to-three years to run the organization, the Toronto Raptor’s attention shifts to the head coaching chair, a position almost as controversial as Colangelo’s has been over the last couple of seasons.

Currently that seat is occupied by Jay Triano, as it has been for the last two-and-a-half seasons. But with the team needing to exercise an option in his contract next month to keep him around, it would appear some serious due diligence is being done before handing him the keys to his third training camp with the Raptors.

Colangelo has been extremely supportive of Triano’s efforts over the years. Even with his career .380 winning percentage as head coach, Triano looked like a safe bet to return to the sidelines to at least finish out his contract next season. However, despite Colangelo’s new contract, Triano’s option has still not been picked up.

While most saw it mostly as a formality, Colangelo spoke with atypical evasiveness when it came to Triano’s future on a recent interview on The Score Radio. Here is a brief excerpt from that interview:

“We really want to talk philosophically about [defense and offensive efficiency] and I think at the end of the day we know enough about each other that there’s probably a good understanding,” said Colangelo. “But we really have to talk in earnest, and discuss this particular season. Talk about the progress that’s been made with Jay at the helm and then decide whether or not he’s the right guy going forward.”

Colangelo then went on to say, “I’m going to defer until I’ve actually carried all of that out, and worked through some of those things with Jay, and at some point in the next few weeks we’re gonna know if that’s the direction we’re going in.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly a controversial statement, but it certainly carries a lot less overt support than his season-ending press conference did. There Colangelo applauded Triano for the sacrifices he’d made by playing the young players and how every player, to a man, thought he did a great job as head coach.

This week, Colangelo made a point of explaining that he has questions that need to be addressed before he’s willing to fully commit to Triano next season. Anyone who has watched Triano’s teams can see that defence has been a major area of weakness. This year the team’s offence wasn’t strong enough to help counter that deficiency as it sometimes did in the past.


Then, as of Wed-Jun-01-2011, Jay Triano is no longer the Raptors’ head coach.

If, however, you take a look at the landing page for Tim Chisholm’s blog today:


[most recent entry]

Mavericks face tough task against Heat in Finals [May 30 2011]

Missing Blog Entry?

Who will the Raptors be looking at for the draft? [May 20 2011]

Colangelo extension wise for rebuilding Raptors [May 18 2011]

Mavericks experience faces Thunder’s youth [May 17 2011]

Breaking down the Eastern Conference Finals [May 13 2011]

- etc.


You will not find any reference there, at all, to the specific entry concerning the fate of Jay Triano … which is an extremely curious development, especially, in light of the most recent “tweet” from Mr. Chisholm, which reads as follows:


Tim Chisholm @timpchisholm Tim Chisholm

There is no way Colangelo pulled off this move without at least having an idea of where this coaching thing is going.

6 hours ago


As yours truly has mentioned here several times before, things could get very interesting, very quickly, in Raptorville, if the ‘right people’ are actually put in place at the top end of Toronto’s management structure, and the resources which this franchise has always had access to are, in fact, utilized astutely, from a strictly ‘basketball’ perspective.

Raptors reveal ‘Part 2′ of new ‘Winning Plan’

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

On the heels of last week’s “Part 1” announcement:


Triano out, as Raptors head coach

Triano, the 52-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., was due to make just over $2 million as the head coach next season, which would have been his third full year after replacing Sam Mitchell as the seventh head coach in the 16-year history of the franchise.

“I have great respect for Jay Triano both as a person and as a basketball mind,” president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said in a news release. “Jay deserves tremendous credit for developing our young players this past season and our most recent win-loss record does not appropriately reflect his many positive contributions to this organization.” This was a difficult decision to make, but after almost three full seasons of observation and evaluation I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years.”I am very pleased that Jay has agreed to stay on and help see through the plan that we have designed and initiated together.”


Yes, indeed, things could get very interesting, in Raptorville, if the the ‘right people’ are finally put in place at the top end of the team’s organizational flow chart.

Raptors reveal ‘Part 1′ of new ‘Winning Plan’

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Colangelo seeking to bolster Raptors’ front office

Calling all NBA experts: Dust off those resumes. The Raptors are in the market for a new executive.

The only catch, and it’s a doozy, is that experience is required — serious experience. While Bryan Colangelo, the Toronto president and general manager, said the title and role of his new hire is yet to be determined, he acknowledged the ongoing reorganization of his front office could even involve bestowing his GM title on someone else.

“I’m thinking about bringing in a high-level basketball person to strengthen our management team,” Colangelo said. “If I brought someone in and a GM title was part of it, it would be a fairly high-calibre person, probably someone with GM credentials already to their name. It’s all in development right now … I could bring in one, I could bring in several new people.”


This could get very interesting, very quickly …

if Bryan Colangelo is truly serious about making a sound hire for a new GM who, in fact, would be responsible for making the player personnel decisions related to the day-to-day operation of the franchise.

As yours truly has said here plenty of times before …

There has always been a very real opportunity to grow the Raptors franchise into one of the very best in the NBA, if the available resources are marshalled properly, and the right basketball person is selected to steer the ship.

“Winning plan” without tangible objectives is meaningless

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

When the Toronto Raptors announced that Bryan Colangelo [President/GM] has agreed to a 2-year contract extension, the CEO of MLSE [Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment] provided the following explanation to the media:

Bryan and the board worked closely to help create a “winning plan” for the Raptors and today the board gave Bryan their 100% support to continue the rebuilding job he started this year“. – Richard Peddie

Although the development of something called a “winning plan” might sound impressive to the “average” Raptors fan … in reality … it epitomizes the “corporate mendacity” put forth by MLSE since 2003.

Read this specific quote again. Then, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

1. What precisely does the CEO of MLSE see the Raptors “winning”?

2. By when does the CEO of MLSE see the Raptors accomplishing this precise feat?

3. How does the CEO of MLSE see the Raptors accomplishing this precise feat?

The fact is …

Any plan without tangible, achievable, measurable objectives is devoid of meaning … regardless of how good it might seem, as a media sound-bite.

Since 2003, when Steve Stavro [i.e. majority owner] sold his stake in MLSE, the Toronto Raptors franchise has been one of the worst performing on-court teams in the NBA:

2003-2004, 33-49/.402, Missed Playoffs [#10]
2004-2005, 33-49/.402, Missed Playoffs [#11]
2005-2006, 27-55/.329, Missed Playoffs [#12], No. 1 Selection, NBA Draft Lottery
2006-2007, 47-35/.573 Made Playoffs [#3 seed], Lost 1st Round
2007-2008, 41-41/.500, Made Playoffs [#6 seed], Lost 1st Round
2008-2009, 33-49/.402, Missed Playoffs [#13]
2009-2010, 40-42/.488, Missed Playoffs [#9]
2010-2011, 22-60/.268, Missed Playoffs [#14]

while, simultaneously, being one of its most profitable.

As long as the Executive Leadership of this organization remains the same, it is complete folly to expect the Raptors, or the Maple Leafs, to be able to build a championship-winning team, since there is simply no will – and, consequently, no plan in place – to make this happen.

David Berri correctly identifies one of the Raptors major problems going forward

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

For those who like to cite the work of stats gurus:


What if your team Lost its Leading Scorer?

In reading the table, negative numbers in the last column indicate the team will be worse without their leading scorer.  For 19 teams, this is the outcome indicated by Wins Produced.  And for four teams – Memphis (Zach Randolph is the leading scorer), Miami, Orlando, and Minnesota – the decline if the leading scorer was replaced by an average player is more than ten games.

The exact opposite story is told for the Toronto Raptors.  If Andrea Bargnani was replaced by an average player, the Raptors would be expected to improve by more than ten wins.


Until the Raptors’ management team [i.e. Bryan Colangelo, Maurizio Gherardini and Marc Eversley, etc.] truly understands the negative ramifications of having a player like Andrea Bargnani [C], as their franchise-best, everything else – e.g. Where Toronto will select in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery? Or, Who should be Toronto’s head coach? Or, Who should be Toronto’s starting PG? etc. – is virtually meaningless.

Why it’s mostly irrelevant where the Raptors’ pick is in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

At the end of the 2008-2009 regular season, the main pieces for the Raptors and the Bulls, respectively, looked like this:

Toronto at Chicago [April 15, 2009]

When you then look at the main pieces for these same two teams when they played each other at the end of the 2009-2010 regular season, what you see is the following:

Chicago at Toronto [April 11, 2010]

When you then look at the main pieces for these same two teams when they played each other at the end of the just completed regular season, what you see is the following:

Toronto at Chicago [April 2, 2011]

Key differences and similarities?

1. Lead Executives, at the time:

CHICAGO, John Paxson
TORONTO, Bryan Colangelo and Maurizio Gherardini

CHICAGO, John Paxson and Gar Forman
TORONTO, Bryan Colangelo and Maurizio Gherardini

CHICAGO, John Paxson and Gar Forman
TORONTO, Bryan Colangelo and Maurizio Gherardini

2. Head Coaches, at the time:

CHICAGO, Vinnie Del Negro
TORONTO, Jay Triano

CHICAGO, Vinnie Del Negro
TORONTO, Jay Triano

CHICAGO, Tom Thibodeau
TORONTO, Jay Triano

3. Key Players, at the time:

Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng [DNP-injury], Ben Gordon, John Salmons, Tyrus Thomas, Kirk Hinrich, Brad Miller and Tim Thomas

Chris Bosh, Shawn Marion, Jose Calderon, Anthony Parker and Andrea Bargnani [DNP-injury]

Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich and Brad Miller

Chris Bosh [DNP-injury], Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu, Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems, DeMar DeRozan and Reggie Evans

Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer, CJ Watson, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Kurt Thomas, Omir Asik and Rasual Butler

Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless, James Johnson, Leandro Barbosa, Sonny Weems, Linas Kleiza and Reggie Evans

4. Won-Loss Records, at the time

CHICAGO, 41-41
TORONTO, 33-49

CHICAGO, 39-41 [similar]
TORONTO, 38-42 [slightly better]

CHICAGO, 56-20 [significantly better]
TORONTO, 20-55 [significantly worse]

Since their introduction to the NBA, 16 years ago, what the Toronto Raptors have displayed is: [1] A remarkable inability to hold onto their “best” players from previous seasons who have solid upside and were actually selected by the team in the annual Draft; and, [2] A disturbing penchant for selecting the “wrong” players in the annual Draft who have limited upside and then remain fixtures with the team for far too many years without becoming very productive overall … unlike the Chicago Bulls.

Until the Raptors properly address the deficiencies which exist for their franchise at the Executive level, the Head Coach level, and the Marquee Player level, what position they select in any given NBA Draft Lottery is quite immaterial … if the long term goal is eventually being able to win a League Championship.

How Chis Bosh AND Taj Gibson should BOTH be Raptors’ players today

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

On June 23 2009, prior to that year’s NBA Draft, this corner said that the Raptors should trade down from the No. 9 position, in order to secure the services of more than just one good-to-very good young player, to go along with Toronto’s best player, Chris Bosh [C/PF].

With the 9th Pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors …

If the Raptors would have followed this simple prescription, at that specific point in time, instead of acquiring the services of DeMar DeRozan [OG/SF], in all likelihood, the last 2 seasons would have played out very differently for [1] Toronto, [2] Chicago and [3] Miami:

For example …

i. The Raptors might not have made the trade for Hedo Turkoglu [SF] at all;
ii. The Raptors [40-42, 9th/EC] might actually have made the playoffs in 2009-2010;
iii. The Raptors might then have been able to retain the services of Chris Bosh last summer;
iv. The Bulls [41-41, 8th/EC] might not have made the playoffs in 2009-2010;
v. The Bulls might then not have been able to obtain the services of Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans, Kurt Thomas and Omir Asik and Rasual Butler during the last 12 months; and,
vi. The Heat might then not have been able to obtain the services of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwon Howard last summer.

Those Raptors fans who still believe that Bryan Colangelo is something other than “just an average GM” in the NBA:

are, quite simply, delusional.

LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans, Kurt Thomas, Omir Asik, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwon Howard did not leave their respective teams and sign with Miami and Chicago because they did not enjoy playing in Cleveland, Toronto, Utah, Orlando, Milwaukee, Turkey, Washington and Portland.

The chief reason they each chose to seek employment with their current team is because they each believed the GM for that franchise is someone who actually knows what he is doing, when it comes to being able to build a legitimate contender for the NBA championship.

‘Infant’ Raptors regress to square one

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Kudos to the Raptors’ head coach for the dignified way he handled himself during today’s proceedings at the ACC.

Jay Triano’s End of Season Press Conference:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

Part V

It is going to be very interesting indeed to hear what Bryan Colangelo will have to say … concerning such topics as:

i. His own contract status beyond June 30, 2011;

ii. Andrea Bargnani’s future role with the Raptors;

iii. The Raptors’ current ranking as the worst defensive team in the NBA;

iv. Jay Triano’s contract status beyond June 30, 2011;


v. The opportunity to use the rest of the TPE – obtained in the Chris Bosh trade with Miami - which is set to expire later this summer 

… during his own end-of-season press conference on Monday, April 18, considering the team’s W-L results for the last 5+ seasons:

2006-200747-35.5731st3rdLost 1st Round
2007-200841-41.5002nd6thLost 1st Round