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Bruce Arthur has a piece in the national post where he says he asked Bryan about Casey and Bryan said a firing hasn't been considered at all, but Arthur said sources within the organization said it has been considered.
When there are stories about coaches not being in danger, they are almost always in danger.
Can we see a story about Colangelo not being in danger please?
Colangelo, meanwhile, is dancing as fast as he can, and spent the weekend on an all-out media blitz. He said the record “is not a talent issue,” which shifted the blame directly onto coach Dwane Casey. Colangelo blamed “a lack of focus” and “attention to detail.” He called the situation “unacceptable.” When I asked him directly on TSN 1050 Monday whether Casey’s job was in jeopardy, Colangelo said, “No. A change at the top in terms of coaching has not been contemplated at all to date. We think he’s earned the right to see this thing through.”
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There are those who insist Casey’s status has been discussed, including sources within the organization, but Colangelo flatly and unequivocally denies it. Regardless, something needs to change. It seems unlikely that Casey lost his ability to coach one season after somehow dragging this team to eighth in the NBA in field-goal percentage allowed — which, in a historical context for this franchise, is a little like teaching a horse to change a tire — so the roster is the next step.
And the roster, clearly, is a mess. It is both young and lacking superstar promise; there are no future all-stars on this team, unless you think raw rookie Jonas Valanciunas can become Joakim Noah in a few years. Point guard Kyle Lowry looks like a guy who doesn’t trust his teammates and hasn’t figured out how to make them better. DeMar DeRozan is OK, but he’s not much more OK than he has been the last few years. He’s just playing more minutes, on a bad team. It’s a pile of flawed youth, and the pieces don’t fit.
I’m not going to do anything [just] to salvage my scenario
Then there is Andrea Bargnani, Toronto’s windy avatar of dissatisfaction. According to sources, the team meeting following the 131-99 loss in Utah involved heavy criticism of Bargnani from his teammates, with some also directed towards point guard Lowry for overly self-centred play. But Bargnani, as always, was the focus.
Anybody can see why. He is back to being his own disinterested self, hoisting jumpers and standing straight-legged. Nobody has ever been able to reach him in his seven-year career; not Colangelo, not his coaches, not his teammates. Last season he was half-involved; this season he has melted back into his unformed puddle of untapped talent. He is grabbing the lowest percentage of available rebounds, 7.6%, of his career. It’s the worst basketball he has played since his disastrous sophomore season. He is finally being shopped, which means even Colangelo is giving up the ghost. But right now, there are no takers.
But how will it close? A magic-bullet trade? A trade that goes awry? The sacrifice of Casey, or one of his assistants? Whatever the proposed solution, the new owners of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment need to decide right now whether Colangelo is the man they want deciding on the future of the Raptors, because this cursed franchise is at yet another crossroads. Either you let him choose yet another route, or you take his hands off the wheel. It’s come to this: Will this franchise let Bryan Colangelo save himself? Should it?
And if so, why?
Last edited by LX; 12-11-2012 at 10:37 PM.