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Old 05-27-2011, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In all likelihood the Raptors do not have what it would take to lure Adelman to Toronto. At this point in his career he's probably not chomping at the bit to get into bed with a lottery-bound club, especially one without a single All-Star-caliber player on the roster.

He's never coached in a cold-climate city, he's never even coached in the Eastern Conference, and Toronto is nowhere near his offseason home in Portland. Even if the Raptors could pique his interest, it would probably cost them a small fortune to secure his services, and with MLSE up for sale, taking on that kind of salary may not be green-lit by the money guys upstairs.

However, the Raptors have to at least make sure. The organization has a history of hiring first-time head coaches to run their team, and more often than not that has meant losing seasons or quick playoff exits. While hiring on the cheap certainly makes it easier to fire someone, it also tends to lead to cheap results, something Raptor fans have historically been saddled with.

The one time the club splurged on a coach, bringing in the then winningest coach in NBA history Lenny Wilkens, the club had their greatest success on the court (that is until the roster was strip-mined and Wilkens was fired).

Adelman may not be a cure-all for the Raptors, but he would command respectability and accountability and would show players and fans alike that the team is serious about winning. At an organizational level that hasn't happened since the team went hard after Colangelo over five years ago. It's time to get some of that aggressiveness back.

Nothing is likely to come from this delay on Triano's option, of course. With another season fielding an extremely young roster on the horizon, splurging on a big-name coach probably doesn't make a lot of sense to the number-crunchers. This means Triano is virtually assured another year on the job.

Laying down a strong foundation is one of the most important factors in preparing a young team for future success, but the odds that Colangelo is going to be given the financial wherewithal to spend on a coach are not good.

Besides, it isn't like Triano is a bad coach.

I really believe that given a balanced roster that actually possesses a nice blend of old and young, with offensive AND defensive talents, Triano could extract some wins out of the Raptors. There are better options out there, but it isn't like you're going to battle with a buffoon with Triano on the sidelines.

He knows how to coach, his players like and respect him and the organization isn't going to crumble if he's kept on for another season. It's just that so few teams without a transcendent superstar can get by with an inexperienced coach for very long. Triano may be good enough for now, but eventually 'good enough' won't be good enough for the Toronto faithful.

Adelman is one of a rare breed of veteran coaches and guys like that aren't available very often. While getting him probably wouldn't happen, the team owes it to their fans to at least make sure it's because they can't get him here, not because they didn't try.

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