When the GM of your NBA team does an ‘about face’ like this …
Sorry, Bosh is as good as gone
In this season of unreason, this silly and powerful hurricane, the safe bet remains this: Chris Bosh is leaving. Even the team thinks so.
“I think it’s likely that he will leave,” Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo told The Fan 590’s Prime Time Sports on Monday. “It’s the perfect storm for Chris Bosh to leave.”
Other Raptor sources, contacted on Monday, believe the same thing. “My gut tells me he’s leaving,” said one.
A source close to Bosh yesterday was asked if Bosh had made a final decision on where to play next year, and the source said, “He hasn’t.” The source, however, conceded that Bosh is tired of being the centrepiece of a team that has yet to escape the first round of the playoffs during his career.
“It’s like if you went to work every day and you worked hard, and you never got a promotion,” the source said. “You want a chance to get ahead.”
as the ‘witching hour’ approaches, after consistently espousing a different view for the better part of the last 12+ months, then …
what does it really say about the overall quality of the organization which he represents?
Listen to the entire radio segment for yourself …
Prime Time Sports, FAN590, Mon June 28 2010
[from the start until the 18:00 mark]
and then plausibly try to suggest that what was written in this space, in the aftermath of Toronto selecting Ed Davis [PF] and Solomon Alabi [C] in last week’s 2010 NBA Draft was in some way incorrect, regarding [i] the chief reason these two players were selected over others and [ii] how the Raptors now view the likelihood of Chris Bosh re-signing with them this summer.
The fact is …
What’s been written in this space … largely, in advance … about the nature of the goings-on with the Raptors franchise over the course of the last 3+ years has been highly/substantially accurate, concerning such things as:
1. The chief reason why Chris Bosh will leave this team, if he decides that he longer wishes to be an employee of the Raptors, i.e. he will have lost faith in the GM and owners’ ability to ever build a championship-winning franchise around him, based on what he has seen occur, since February 2006, a period of 4+ years;
2. The actual source of THE problem which exits within the Raptors’ organization, and can be traced back up the chain-of-command from the players to the head coach and staff, the GM, the CEO/President and, ultimately, to the team’s principal owners [i.e. MLSE] … who also own the equally inept Toronto Maple Leafs [and Toronto Football Club/TFC] … and are primarily focused on achieving THE WRONG OBJECTIVE, as owners of a franchise in the NBA - i.e. making a consistent profit for its joint shareholders, as opposed to trying their very best to win the league championship – while perpetually deluding its own fanbase.
3. The Raptors being little more than a ‘Treadmill Team’ … i.e. continually spinning their wheels, and making no serious headway up the Eastern Conference Standings … and effectively wasting the plethora of resources which have been at their disposal for the last several seasons [in fact, going all the way back to 1997-1998 when Glen Grunwald was first elevated to the position of GM and the team was brought under the full control of MLSE].
Yesterday, it was suggested by Henry Abbott that THE MOST IMPORTANT element in play when determining which free agents actually sign with which organizations in the NBA is, in fact, the perceived strength and competency of the respective owners within the league.
The question which was then asked here was:
“Where do you suppose Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Limited [MLSE] is ranked [amongst the list of 30 principal owners in the NBA], according to TrueHoop?“
[actually, this question was also asked here ... albeit, in a slightly different form, i.e. Worst Owner in major North American pro sport ... more than 1 year ago, as well]
Unfortunately, until the owners of this team are perceived to be fully committed to the notion of building an authentic championship-winning organization in Toronto … which encompasses a number of different areas within the pro game, including [but not limited to] the following:
* Acquiring the best management team possible with championship-winning experience and a sound Basketball Philosophy
* Acquiring the best coaching staff possible with championship-winning experience and a sound Basketball Philosophy
* Acquiring the best collection of players possible with elite level basketball ability, including the right mix of [i] star players [plural], [ii] support players [plentiful], and [iii] highly effective role players throughout the roster
* Committing the financial resources required to get the job done right, by building gradually over an extended number of years within the framework of an integrated and comprehensive Plan of Attack
there will be no REAL substantive improvement … at least, over the long haul … in the fortunes of the Raptors franchise, relative to the other elite level outfits in the NBA.
A perfect storm?
When you wasted huge chunks of time … e.g. like the last 12 months … building the foundation of your house, essentially, on quick-sand, i.e. Could a Bargnani trade benefit the Raptors?, then …
You bet, it most definitely is.
Raptors boss: Chris Bosh ‘likely’ to leave Toronto