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DocHoliday99 01-06-2012 04:47 PM

BC running out of time?


He was the Sun God. The Golden Child. There wasn’t a more respected NBA front office executive than Bryan Colangelo during his 15-year tenure in Phoenix, 11 of those years spent as the team’s GM. While the Suns never ended up securing the NBA title, Colangelo built a consistent winner that made trips deep into the playoffs on numerous occasions. He also showed to have a good eye for young talent, getting Michael Finley, Steve Nash, Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa from the NBA draft despite never drafting higher than ninth.
So when Colangelo fled north to Toronto to become the team’s GM and President in February of 2006, it was considered a coup for the Raptors. Jerry Colangelo’s Golden Child was sure to bring some sunshine up north to Canada with him.
"I'm hoping to change the image of a great organization and great city," the younger Colangelo told USA Today shortly after being hired by the Raptors. "It's ripe for a lot of growth."
An image change was definitely in order for the Raptors, whose “good old days” consisted of an Eastern conference semifinals appearance in 2001 (they lost to Philadelphia in seven games). In the franchise’s 11 campaigns B.C. (Before Colangelo), Raptors’ fans only got to enjoy three winning seasons and one playoff series victory (in three tries). And to add salt in the fans’ wounds, all of the team’s stars – Damon Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter – couldn’t wait to bolt back across the border once given the opportunity.
We’re quickly coming up to the five year anniversary of Colangelo’s pledge to change the Raptors’ image – so perhaps now is a prime time to assess his time spent up north? So how has Colangelo done? As the French Canadian would say, “Comme ci, Comme ca” (“so-so”). Colangelo certainly seemed to have a King Midas’ golden touch when he first arrived in Canada, spurring the team onto a 20-win improvement his first year there, earning himself 2007 NBA Executive of the Year honors. But after posting winning records those first two years and making the playoffs, things have gone back to usual for the Raptors – middling win totals, star players leaving town.
The most recent star to leave the country was of course Chris Bosh, who took his talents to South Beach. But that wasn’t necessary a bad thing, and Colangelo is wise enough to realize that.

Claudius 01-06-2012 06:51 PM

No ESPN....really? That can't honestly be a reason why no one wants to come here. From some of my contacts that has NOTHING to do with it and has more to do with this franchise NEVER really being in a position of winning.

jeffb 01-06-2012 06:56 PM


There is still the stereotype out there that Canada is a frigid, barren land where winters last 11 months of the year and the sun is only a rumor. The truth is that the weather in Toronto isnít any different than any U.S. eastern/midwest city. But it is still cold (and snowy) during basketball season, so the weather will become a weakness in the GMís free agent pitches, rather than the strength it was in his previous job.

Amazing. It's a stereotype that should be easy to break. NBA players travel to every city and should realize pretty quickly that it's no colder here then most NBA cities.

Claudius 01-06-2012 06:58 PM

I'm telling you, that article just wasn't written well and it seems that someone just wrote it for the sake of writing. It's just rehashing stereotypes that are non-existent.

Yet, the site, will somehow be taken as having credible journalists etc. It's terrible.

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