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It May Be Time For The Toronto Raptors To Let Bryan Colangelo Go

July 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Happier times for Toronto Raptors’ GM Bryan Colangelo


Bryan Colangelo, 47-year-old son of basketball mogul Jerry Colangelo, has been the general manager of the Toronto Raptors since February of 2006. Since that time Colagnelo has secured his second Executive of the Year Award, taken the Raptors to the playoffs in the first two of his six years with the organization, and accumulated a .433 win percentage over 476 regular season games.

While Colangelo was previously praised during his time as General Manager for the Phoenix Suns, for managerial moves that acquired two-time MVP Steve Nash and the drafting of Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire, his time in Toronto has been much more contentious. His contract with the Raptors is up after this season and in light of his recent off-season maneuvers I have my doubts whether Colangelo is the right man for the job of getting the team competitive again.

There seem to be two schools of thought in the NBA of how management should piece together a winning team: 1) through the draft; or 2) by trading or signing for star talent. Being in the most northerly city in the NBA, not to mention the only city outside of the US, Toronto has built in challenges for any GM. Generally, players are not intrinsically drawn to sign free agency contracts with Toronto as a destination to live. Other places like Miami, LA, and New York are blessed in this sense. Read more…