And, so, it begins …
Colangelo intoned that Bosh took a long time to return from injury even though he had been medically cleared and that he started thinking ahead to his future to the detriment of the Raptors.
“Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games … I’m not even questioning Chris’ injury. I’m telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn’t there and he chose not to play,” Colangelo said.
“The fact that our season was spiralling downward and we were hoping he’d come back sooner and we were also dealing with a few other things at that point … we were really struggling there.”
Colangelo went on to elaborate:
“Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn’t quite into it down the stretch, he wasn’t the same guy. I think everybody saw that, but no one wanted to acknowledge it.”
“At the same time, I never felt we were quite in the game (in terms of signing Bosh to a new contract). There was too much out there, too much built up for him to take an easy out here, and he decided to do that.”
Colangelo also said Bosh was hard to build around.
“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.”
When Cavaliers owner, Daniel Gilbert, published his now infamous open letter to the team’s fans, in which he took parting shots at the player his organization had reportedly been trying to sign to a maximum contract extension just hours before … what it did was seal the team’s fate in the eyes of other free agents across the NBA, as a poor excuse of the franchise that does not have the level of class required to become a champion in the no-too-distant future.
Despite winning the hearts of a certain segment of the team’s fanbase … i.e. Cavs fans back owner on LeBron letter … future high profile free agents will not be signing on with the franchise in Cleveland, as long as Daniel Gilbert is the owner.
Based on the immature way in which Bryan Colangelo has now gone about attacking the character and ability of Chris Bosh, i.e. the best player the Raptors have had since the days of Vince Carter, you can now put the Dinos in a similar category, as long as he is the GM of their team.
When a team’s GM makes utterly ridiculous public statements of this nature, after-the-fact, about a player like Chris Bosh, it sets the franchise back immeasureably, in the eyes of the other first-class players and coaches in the NBA.
The fact is …
Bryan Colangelo is the one who – is taking the easy way out, in this instance, and – has failed to do ‘his job’ properly, since being put in full control of the Toronto Raptors 4.5 seasons ago, and blaming anyone else for the decidedly mediocre results which the team has put forth over this span of time is tangible proof that he should not be considered as one of the best General Managers in the NBA.
None of the best GM’s in the history of this league would have made the P.R. mistake of issuing statements of this type concerning the character and ability of a player who his team was attempting to sign to a maximum contract extension.
Not a single one.
In sharp contrast, what a superior “master craftsman” actually does … in a position of Organizational Leadership … is simply get the job done right with the tools at his disposal.
PS. As was first said in this space many moons ago … whoever has been “advising” Bryan Colangelo to act the way he has – in terms of his public relations skills - during the course of his tenure in Toronto, should be fired.