CHISHOLM: FOR COLANGELO AND RAPS, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING
Old 07-12-2010, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For all of those that demand that Bryan Colangelo be fired, or have demanded it or will demand it later, just remember how impressive he is at pushing trades through that no one thinks he has a shot at completing.

It's an underrated skill for a GM, and it's as important as pure talent evaluation or drafting acumen, because none of that stuff means anything if you do not have the chops to buy and sell on your own terms when you've targeted certain players to grab or shed.

Bryan Colangelo has that skill, and it is vastly underrated when people evaluate him. Even when he signs highly controversial deals, like last summer's contract with Hedo Turkoglu, he has the ability to undo the damage in a way that few seem to appreciate.

Today, though, it would be hard for anyone to underestimate this particular ability of Toronto's beleaguered GM, as in one fell swoop he shed the last major vestiges of the Chris Bosh and went about remaking the team in the image many suspect he's always wanted.
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In one 24-hour period, the Raptors have acquired two pieces that were in desperate need during the entirety of the seven year Chris Bosh era in Toronto, and they've done it less than a week after Bosh committed himself officially to another team. Barbosa gives the Raptors an offensive spark plug off of the bench who will apply pressure to defenses by creating shots for himself and others, while Chandler, as was stated above, represents the legit centre the team has been desperate for since Antonio Davis pleaded to move back to power forward in 2001.
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To run an uptempo system, it takes a level of commitment that few players expect when they plead for it in the press. Running on every possession is exhausting, it takes a quickness of reaction that few players can maintain and it can become frustrating when one or more of your teammates aren't filling the lanes with you when you commit to doing it and they don't. There is a reason so many teams pledge to run when they enter training camp and why so few wind up sniffing at the year-in and year-out Pace ratings of teams like Phoenix, Golden State or Denver. It's easy to run when your coach is substituting liberally during pre-season, but it's another thing to run on your fourth game in five nights in the middle of February. To a fan watching at home, you can scream at your television that the guys are lazy, but it's hard to be a fastbreak team and any angle you can exploit as a coach or GM to get your team to buy in helps.
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It'll help tremendously having a guy like Chandler around the basket because when he's healthy (which is about 60%-70% of the time) he inhales rebounds, blocks shots and otherwise does all of the things that initiates the running game from a defensive perspective. He has a long 7-foot-1 body with an even longer 7-foot-3 wingspan, which helped him average one-third more rebounds per-minute than Andrea Bargnani last season. Had Bargnani played centre again next season it would have been much harder for the Raptors to affect the game defensively enough to be a serious threat as a running team
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Not every team has a management group in place that has that kind of ability to extricate themselves from burdensome deals while remaking their image on the fly (see: Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans), and a day like today shows plainly how useful that exact talent is.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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isn't this the same guy that said we're in deep shit a couple days ago?

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Old 07-12-2010, 07:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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LOL Windex!

I hope the next trades will be as awesome as the recent ones.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I still have faith in Colangelo's ability to build a winning team. Granted, he has made his share of mistakes thus far but T.O. was his first full time gig as a General Manager and he will surely benefit from those errors moving forward. I thought he put together a playoff calibre team last season that unfortunately self destructed after the All Star break because Bosh lost his focus and Turk just didn't show up all season.

Inevitably, BC must be held accountable for the failures of years past. However, I think he will prove to be an astute, successful GM in the NBA over the course of his career. I hope that he can prove himself next season and earn a contract extension in T.O. or I fear another NBA club will reap the benefits of his apprenticeship with the Raptors in the future...
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isn't this the same guy that said we're in deep shit a couple days ago?
Actually - not really at all.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Next trade is 100% Ricky Rubio
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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isn't this the same guy that said we're in deep shit a couple days ago?
I Think you're referring to Dave Feschuk
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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isn't this the same guy that said we're in deep shit a couple days ago?
The entire fan base thought we were in deep shit. No one thought one of the best GM's in the league could pull off this "heist" like John Hollinger called it.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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do you have a LINK ?
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is eerily simular to last summer. Everyone said he'd be up for Executive of the year. I hope this goes better.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Looks like the Raptors are following the 3R approach:

- protect the Rim
- Rebound
- Run

What they need to find now is a creative and fast guard that can run the break and distribute.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Didn't mean you jeff, meant the next guy who said Ricky Rubio is 100% next guy traded for by the raptors.

I wonder what's holding this damn deal off.. I hope Colangelo is trying to snag Nash or something.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:31 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Looks like the Raptors are following the 3R approach:

- protect the Rim
- Rebound
- Run

What they need to find now is a creative and fast guard that can run the break and distribute.
i just imagined Steve Nash in a Raptors uniform.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:29 AM   #15 (permalink)
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i just imagined Steve Nash in a Raptors uniform.
While I would love to see Nash, I would prefer getting a young PG first and then trying to acquire Nash and releasing JJ. I know this may only be a dream.
JJ is a good guy, but Nash retiring in Toronto would be great. He could take a young PG under his wing and teach the kid.
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If Colangelo pull a miracle out of his ass and get Rubio, I will build a 30 foot statue of him in front of the ACC by myself.
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While I would love to see Nash, I would prefer getting a young PG first and then trying to acquire Nash and releasing JJ. I know this may only be a dream.
JJ is a good guy, but Nash retiring in Toronto would be great. He could take a young PG under his wing and teach the kid.
perfect fantasy
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