Dwyer: "Kindly leave Bryan Colangelo alone"
Old 06-30-2008, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good read from Kelly Dwyer of CNNSI & Yahoo Sports. Here are some of the highlights from it, but for the entre article click the source at the end of this post.

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*Last week, two of Toronto's best sports scribes - the Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk and the Globe and Mail's Michael Grange - both busted out with a bit of a rip job on Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo. I'm not exactly sure why.

Both were tactfully prepared, there appears to be no pretense or agenda and neither writing was reaching much. Both columns made sound points and didn't have to rely on duplicity or specious arguments to get to said points. Neither relied on any sort of Nipsey Russell-esque rhyme scheme. Neither used the phrase "drink the Kool-Aid." Both are telling us that the luster has rubbed off of Colangelo, as he enters his third season as Toronto GM.

And I don't get it. I don't get the analysis, to start, but I also don't know why or when this sort of cloud settled over the Toronto area proper. Some sort of gas or mist, obviously invisible and otherwise imperceptible, seems to have descended over the town, taking away the Michael Grange and Dave Feschuk that I once knew.....................

*And, to me, it just seems like a needless bit of hand-wringing, when the time could be spent putting public pressure on Sam Mitchell to use his new big man the right way. And Bargs seems so pointless to bring up at this point that any unexpected bit of contribution would seem like tasty, tasty gravy. I've moved on.

I mean, I wrote a bit last week on Toronto's chances and why the team would work well even with O'Neal playing just 60 games out of 82, and in the excitement, never even thought to mention Andrea Bargnani. Not because I was trying to cover up a Colangelo mistake, mind you, but because the rotation in place can do wonders in the Eastern Conference even without Bargs playing a major role............................

*This team, as presently constructed and with all the qualifiers accounted for, can top 50 wins. At least.

There was a reason those Indiana Pacer teams were so consistently overrated, and it had to do with O'Neal being able to cover for a week's worth of defensive miscues in a quarter's time, while stacking win upon win even while others - present company included - gave credit to others when they hardly deserved it. Those Pacer teams really won way more games than they should have, and O'Neal was the biggest reason why...............

*Remember, O'Neal doesn't have to be forced into the low block. He doesn't need shots. Good coaching can make sure Jermaine doesn't shoot too much, or isn't asked to do things he shouldn't. Yes, Sam Mitchell was prattling on about Chris Bosh and JON averaging a combined 40 points and 20 rebounds, but it's also late June, and things tend to get out of hand at this point in the summer. Even O'Neal, blessed with a sound offensive outfit for once, will know that he probably needs to keep his shot attempts in the low double-digits.

Should Mitchell force-feed the guy, then it might be enough for Colangelo to finally convince his bosses to eat the remainder of SMitch's contract and move on to a coach who knows what he's on about. And even before that, any bit of inefficient offense will be more than made up for by O'Neal's defensive strengths. The guy is that good, even without leaving the floor...............

*That said, we're awfully close to underrating O'Neal nearly as much as we overrated him in years past, and that's just as criminal. I'm not saying Feschuk and Grange are leading the charge, far from it, but I am saying that I've seen this stuff before, and there's no reason why we should be able to find a nice middle ground............
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thank you Kelly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
atleast someone praises BC
Grange and Feschuk=retards
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I still think there was an agenda in place. At the very least you should be intrigued by this trade and since the low-risk high reward situation is pretty obvious, there really is no reason to jump at the GM's throat on this. This is no Marion for Shaq trade by any stretch. Not to mention that most independent analysts were favorable to it, which says a lot ...
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It seems that it's pretty simple. This was Colangelo's first big move. Feschuck and Grange had another guy in mind in all likely hood. They didn't like the fact that it was O'Neal, and like some on this very board, have decided to voice their opinion on their displeasure. The problem is that it wasn't objective as a newspaper should strive to be but rather subjective.

It's interesting though because if they were really the experts than I'm sure someone from the NBA would have called either of them by now. I mean, they obviously know so much more than any executive right?

I honestly hate the media in Toronto.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Grange is always doing that. he's better at criticism than anything else.

Feschuk comes and goes.

Listen, it's a valid case they present. And it's a slow time in the media. I'm on record saying I don't agree, however, it ain't like they are running the guy out of town. Guys on here say the same stuff all the time about Colangelo.

Anyhow, I think people are too touchy.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I hate when there's criticism just for the sake of it. Whatever mistakes Colangelo did, they are more than offset by the good stuff. I think that media has a very important duty to recognize excelence, just as it does to tear apart those who deserve it (to be teared apart).

Maybe you're right, and they wrote the stuff because it's a slow time. But in that case, it's even worse than having an agenda. At least with an agenda you have a reason behind your actions ...
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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im with you. but the reality is that they are emplyed to sell advertizing.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This guy is a bit stupid if he thinks Sam won't think of using him defensively, or if he thinks he'll force feed the ball into the post. Really the shots at Sam here were just as lame as the shots at Colangelo elsewhere.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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heh.

no shit LX.

it's all the same stuff
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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im with you. but the reality is that they are emplyed to sell advertizing.
I doubt that more than 5% of the Star's readers actually even bother to check the basketball section ... Short of writing titles like "Colangelo caught having an extra-marital affair with Sam Mitchell", any other headline will have no impact ....
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:22 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thats why you're not in the media market Moremilk.

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I didn't really perceive those as shots at Sam.

In a way, I guess, they were pre-emptive shots. But I looked at it like Dwyer was saying if Jermaine O Neal does in fact embody the complaints of Feschuk and Grange by taking too many shots or not fitting into a role, then that's just as much Sam's fault for improperly using him as it is BC's fault for bringing him in.

Basically, he's saying JO in Toronto CAN work, so if it fails, the blame should be as much (or more) on Smitch as it is on BC. It's a legitimate claim in my opinion, and at the same time, if it does work out well, Smitch deserves to be commended.

And for my money, his basketball analysis of the situation is spot on (as Dwyer usually is) Jermaine doesn't need to see 15-20 FGA's to be effective, and his defense is good enough to make up for any innefficiency offensively.

So yeah, maybe I'm misreading it, but to me it seems he's basically saying that he thinks BC made a solid move, and the ball is in Smitch's court to make it work. Maybe he's a little quick ont he trigger to suggest moving Sam out if it doesn't work, but what else is new there?
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Sam Mitchell is on his last leg anyway. If it doesn't work this season Mitchell will be the scapegoat.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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if the raps dont go into the playoffs or atleast the second round..
im sorry but SAM MITCHELL YOU ARE FIRED
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Maybe they weren't shots at Sam so much, but he kinda misses the point that BC is actually doing something to build a strong defensive team, something he hasn't really been prone to doing so much in the past, and that comes after Sam saying they need to get better defensively, in terms of personnel, for a good solid year or more (probably since he arrived actually). So I don't think it would be a stretch to assume that the guy will make sure that the focus of this deal is on the defensive end.

We'll get a better indication come July 9 during the presser - but I'm calling it right now - loads of talk about defense and they'll all be on the same page.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:38 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Thats a good read. And thank you Kelly. I'm glad some are finally stepping up here. BC is a great GM and doesn't deserve all of this.
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