Chisholm comes to BC's defense
Old 07-01-2010, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chisholm comes to BC's defense

In the coming weeks, Bryan Colangelo is going to take a lot of flack. When he was brought in four years ago to helm the great ship Raptors, he was seen a savior of a moribund franchise and perhaps the best shot the team had to retain the services of its franchise cornerstone, Chris Bosh. People sometimes forget that just the hiring of Colangelo was enough to seduce Bosh into signing his initial extension with the club that many outside of Toronto believed he was never going to sign. That signing, though, basically set-up the beginning of the end of Bosh's tenure as a Raptor.

The problem was, like LeBron in Cleveland and Wade in Miami, Bosh only signed on for a three-year extension (as opposed to the five years available to him). At the time the club was just happy to have Bosh back in the fold, but Bosh was shrewd (and wise) to hedge his bets in Toronto since the organization had such a limited history of success to draw on when convincing him to stick around. They basically told him that if he stayed they could prove worthy of keeping him, and Bosh said ‘okay, but you've only got four years'.

The issue with that circumstance for the Raptors was that it basically put a narrow deadline on how quickly the team had to rebuild. It meant that the team couldn't do what most GM's want to do when rebuilding a club, which is tearing it down and rebuilding through the draft and with young prospects (like Colangelo is doing now), because that's a longer-term proposition than the Raptors had time for. The team had perhaps one year in 2006-2007 available to them to miss the Playoffs before things got particularly uncomfortable with Bosh and his desire to win. That meant that rather than developing youth, the team would have to aggressively pursue veterans to round out the roster quickly, and that usually comes with a narrower margin for error, as well as a greater cost of acquisition, and both those issues bit the Raptors in their attempts to retain the services of Bosh.
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Valid points, good article.
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