D. Smith: Ujiri wants to come here, Stefanski staying
Old 05-23-2013, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The only thing we need to learn – and as I type this we haven’t learned it – is whether or not the Kroenke’s in Denver, son Josh and father Stan, have given permission to the Raptors to interview Ujiri for the general manager’s job.

I presume we find that out this morning and all this talk about Tim Leiweke thinking it might take a couple of weeks at least to find a new basketball brain will be quickly forgotten.

Know this: Masai is No. 1 and No. 1A on the list and they start talking, I can see him being on the job by the end of the weekend.

And then they can get on with doing the stuff they have to do like making sure Ed Stefanski knows he’s going to stick around and deciding what to do with the assistant coaching staff.

We already know they are contemplating change – remember when Danny Ainge told reporters in Boston that Toronto already had permission to talk to Tyronn Lue? – but we don’t know how sweeping that change might be.

I can’t get a read on how many changes Dwane or the organization wants to make but I would suggest two things they can use would be someone with a bit of an offensive bent and a young ex-player who is just starting out on his coaching career.

Whether they agree, I don’t know but I’d be going that route for sure.
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Doug, you seem pretty sanguine about the Raps' chances of having Ujiri in place by the weekend. Clearly, from what you've heard, he is Toronto's primary target. But it takes two to tango, so are we to assume that you've also heard that he wants to come here? Oh, and when is his contract with Denver up?

Blogger's note: You are. And I believe July 1 but am not 100 per cent on that
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I'll be dancing in the streets if Ujiri is hired by this weekend or next.

I dread the GM search going on forever with the increasingly sickening feeling that Stefanski is going to get the job.

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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D. Smith-goof.

Smith is just brown-nosing Stefanski to be Smith's mole.

The new GM will be who decides if Stefanski stays or goes, not MLSE. Just like if DC is in or out

Poor Smith could leave himself on the outside, if he keep's floating up lead balloons like that one.

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'll be delighted with either of Weaver or Zarren, and happy with Ujiri.

And I really hope they have everything in place well before the draft, so the new guy can go in guns a-blazing.
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I'll be delighted with either of Weaver or Zarren, and happy with Ujiri.

And I really hope they have everything in place well before the draft, so the new guy can go in guns a-blazing.
yup. for sure
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D. Smith-goof.

Smith is just brown-nosing Stefanski to be Smith's mole.

The new GM will be who decides if Stefanski stays or goes, not MLSE. Just like if DC is in or out

Poor Smith could leave himself on the outside, if he keep's floating up lead balloons like that one.
Yeah i don't get this guy at all sometimes. I would think talking about the Raps assistant coaching staff is a little premature since we don't even know if DC will even be here. Same with Stefanski, i swear this guy talks out of his ass most of the time to seem to have great sources. I think he's in the dark half the time.
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He said Monday was the deadline on BC and that was the case.
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He said Monday was the deadline on BC and that was the case.
Like i said, HALF THE TIME he's in the dark. He also said Colangelo would trade Lowry instead of Calderon.
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Yeah i don't get this guy at all sometimes. I would think talking about the Raps assistant coaching staff is a little premature since we don't even know if DC will even be here. Same with Stefanski, i swear this guy talks out of his ass most of the time to seem to have great sources. I think he's in the dark half the time.
Sometimes they feed him a lot of mis-information to float up as trial balloons.

He spouts it like he's an insider, doesn't realize he's a tool of dis-information.
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Like i said, HALF THE TIME he's in the dark. He also said Colangelo would trade Lowry instead of Calderon.
And he was hardly the only one stating that such scenarios were being explored. Smith is a million times better than anyone that ever wrote for the Sun. It's not that hard to read him and see how he qualifies things or not and get a decent indication of what may or may not happen. In this case he has plenty of other media outlets suggesting the same. The Stefanski thing could very well be something he needed to put in there to make his sources happy. It's part of the job and no great offense, nor an indication that he is in the dark.
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Sometimes they feed him a lot of mis-information to float up as trial balloons.

He spouts it like he's an insider, doesn't realize he's a tool of dis-information.
pretty much. i just find he's often wrong about shit.
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Sometimes they feed him a lot of mis-information to float up as trial balloons.

He spouts it like he's an insider, doesn't realize he's a tool of dis-information.
It's not about trial balloons, it's about internal MLSE politics and attempts to have decisions swayed or firmed up. And it happens with all the papers. You honestly can't believe that Stefanski having some kind of job needs to be put out in a trial balloon before they can move forward.
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Has there ever been so much vitriol hurled at a beat writer that 99% of the dudes here would give their right nut to do his job? Some of you guys need to get a grip.
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Has there ever been so much vitriol hurled at a beat writer that 99% of the dudes here would give their right nut to do his job? Some of you guys need to get a grip.
Oh please, what's the big deal here. Really? I've seen worse things said about others on here (ie: Chisholm).
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It's not about trial balloons, it's about internal MLSE politics and attempts to have decisions swayed or firmed up. And it happens with all the papers. You honestly can't believe that Stefanski having some kind of job needs to be put out in a trial balloon before they can move forward.
Smith should know better. TL was pretty clear that the new GM would have final say on all Basketball matters. For him to suggest that MLSE might be picking the new GM and then get to the task of keeping Stefanski, say's he doesn't believe TL. Can't see that sitting well with TL.
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Has there ever been so much vitriol hurled at a beat writer that 99% of the dudes here would give their right nut to do his job? Some of you guys need to get a grip.
He could help himself by learning 3 letter's " imo"
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Smith should know better. TL was pretty clear that the new GM would have final say on all Basketball matters. For him to suggest that MLSE might be picking the new GM and then get to the task of keeping Stefanski, say's he doesn't believe TL. Can't see that sitting well with TL.
i doubt TL gives a shit about doug smith, if he even knows much about him to begin with.
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i doubt TL gives a shit about doug smith, if he even knows much about him to begin with.
True. Maybe it's meant to sit well with BC.
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He could help himself by learning 3 letter's " imo"
It's his blog being posted, so it's a given it's all "imo".
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Saying "Ed Stefanski knows he is sticking around" sounds far from an opinion.
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