Feschuk: Image means great deal to GM Colangelo
Old 03-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As the horde descended on Chris Bosh yesterday, Olympic race walkers couldn't have kept pace with the skilful practice-gym exit made by the other face of the Toronto Raptors. Bryan Colangelo, the president and general manager, bolted for the door as Bosh was beginning his "I'm-going-to-take-care-of-my-responsibilities" media scrum.

And though the GM was asked to submit to a few questions by a reporter, he said he had to run to a meeting with Patrick O'Bryant, the buried-on-the-bench centre. It was priceless stuff.

Colangelo, to be fair, wasn't exactly ducking the media, and rarely does. But certainly he wanted his face nowhere near a throng of cameras. And though Colangelo later offered a defence of his best player "I've always known Chris to be of high character," he said, "and I have every confidence that he'll take care of responsibility as he has said he will" you couldn't help but be reminded that Colangelo spends considerable time and energy concerning himself with appearances, specifically his and his team's.

And no matter how the ongoing child-support case turns out and Bosh's legal representative is expected to respond to the complaint against him in the coming week or so to give the grim picture some balance it appears Bosh's days as being known as one of the NBA's good guys are over, at least for a good while.

Don't think that doesn't matter to Colangelo. And don't think it won't be another key factor in Colangelo's decision-making process in a coming off-season when the struggling franchise will face difficult questions about its direction.

If the allegations in the court filings prove to be true and that's a massive if because nothing has been proven in court it's difficult to imagine Colangelo proceeding with Bosh on the roster past this season. And even if Bosh's side of the story is compelling and believable, which anyone who cares about this team can only hope it will be, maybe the damage is done.

There've been rumblings all season that Bosh wants out. It's not hard to fathom that, come the off-season, the Raptors will want Bosh out.

That's not to say a trade's afoot. But Colangelo has been a GM in a situation that wasn't completely dissimilar a while back. In 2001 Jason Kidd, the Phoenix Suns' best player, was arrested for assaulting his wife, which is not to compare the egregiousness of alleged domestic transgressions, only to suggest that a negative headline is a negative headline.

When Kidd was traded by Colangelo in the following off-season, he acknowledged that the arrest could have been a factor in the trade, and certainly it wouldn't have been the only factor. But perhaps it wasn't a coincidence that another Sun who brought the franchise into disrepute that year, Cliff Robinson, who was charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence, was also shipped out in the off-season.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If Bosh is traded, it should be because the team requires a new direction on the basketball court, not because his "image" has been "tarnished" by a custody battle in a legal court.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it appears Bosh's days as being known as one of the NBA's good guys are over, at least for a good while.

That's not to say a trade's afoot. But Colangelo has been a GM in a situation that wasn't completely dissimilar a while back.
i hope MLSE refuses feschuk's right to entry. the dude writes spiteful.

how do you compare someone in a legal battle over child support to someone who hits their wife? how are they not completely dissimilar? this story will be forgotten about by the summer, unless fishdick decides to pull a marty york....
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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heh.

I think it' all pretty interesting.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it's interesting he broke the story on his birthday.
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i hope MLSE refuses feschuk's right to entry. the dude writes spiteful.

how do you compare someone in a legal battle over child support to someone who hits their wife? how are they not completely dissimilar? this story will be forgotten about by the summer, unless fishdick decides to pull a marty york....
I think he made it clear about what he was and wasn't comparing.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what's interesting about it? do you really need to feel like the NBA stars are part of your life? do you sit around with the fellows and talk about chris like he's your buddie when you're giving them the latest scoop? if this is interesting, you must be really bored.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just stirring the pot....
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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wow.

seeing as you have never met nor spoke with "Sj" in your life, I find it very odd that you would toss out a personal barb like that.

100% Unprevoked.

I gues as long as peole leave out the colorful wordson this site you are ok to insult people.

das cool

As for me, to answer your poorly worded question. I think it's vey interesting, yes. I find all aspects of Professional sports to be rather intersting. From a management and marketing perspective, this is a VERY interesting situation.

Now because I know Jackson, that you are a smart guy, I won't explain why the MLSE had to try to clean up their image after Carter left.

However, seeing as that was a priority, and seeing as they chose a squeaky clean kid with beautiful skills, starlike, yet not superstardomlike, to be the face of the franchise, and because the chose clean cut, well spoken players to surround him, for Franchise image sake, they now face a majoy connundrum. Don't you think????

Or am I just bored, a loser, and some dweeb who feels that NBA players are part of my life.

I didn't even read he articles you douche. I rarely do, I am not one for gossip. I just know whats going on. And perhaps, I just think about ball, or puck, in a more intellecual way than you????

Think thats it?

Maybe I spend my time away frm work with people who are in sports for a living, maybe we talk about things from this angle, because honestly, if I told my best buddy that I found this intereting, his only response would be "it most certianly is, isn't it, lets get a beer".

piss off troll.

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Old 03-25-2009, 12:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I didn't even read he articles you douche. I rarely do, I am not one for gossip. I just know whats going on. And perhaps, I just think about ball, or puck, in a more intellecual way than you????
that's just awesome. you'll defend fishdick and you think his articles are interesting, but you have no clue what's being said throughout because you don't read them.

let's get a beer!
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Feschuk does love to stir stuff. I mean kick a guy who has been a class citizen for the six years he has been here, he has one incident which has yet to be proven in court, Bosh is not a character guy anyomer.
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the thing that makes me chuckle about Feschuk is that he is such a one trick pony. Is there a more negative writer that follows any franchise in this city?

I don't read the papers on a daily basis, but it just seems that anytime this guy puts pen to paper it's to belittle someone, or to rain on someone's parade, or to just paint an overall sense of negativity.


I'm not saying that he definately has a hidden agenda..... but dude seems to have a hidden agenda. y'know? Bad news sells more papers i guess.

I don't know. maybe he's a good converationalist over a pint, but why does he always have to be so negative in his professional work?

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People always seem to hate on Feschuk.

I really don't see a problem with this article, nor any of his other articles. I think he took an interesting slant on the issue, from a viewpoint that none of other articles I've read have taken.

I think a lot of the people who complain about Feschuk's articles - not everybody, but a significant number - do so because they don't like to see people speaking negatively about the Raps.

Reporters are not responsible for defending the valor of the team or its players. Their job is to write about the news as they see it, and hopefully provide differing - conflicting - views about issues. Feschuk does this quite well, and I applaud him for it. If you want happy talk, go to Raptors.com.
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I think a lot of the people who complain about Feschuk's articles - not everybody, but a significant number - do so because they don't like to see people speaking negatively about the Raps.
But that's all the man ever talks about. If there's something negative about this team, you can bet your bottom dollar that Feschuck will be all over it. I just ask: is there anything more to him other than criticism and negativity? Anything?
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But that's all the man ever talks about. If there's something negative about this team, you can bet your bottom dollar that Feschuck will be all over it. I just ask: is there anything more to him other than criticism and negativity? Anything?
He may be generally negative in his view of the Raps, but I still don't see how that's a problem. It's a very flawed team!

My point is that it's ok to disagree with any one of Feschuk's points on a factual or analytical level. If you disagree with a specific point, great.

My problem is when people dismiss him simply because they don't like to hear bad things about the Raps. If this was what reporting was about, we wouldn't see any articles about AIG or Ponzi schemes.

If things are bad, then the reporting about them should be negative. Clearly Bosh's Baby-Mama-Drama is bad news for both him and the team. If the reporting about it wasn't negative, it would just be happy talk.
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that's just awesome. you'll defend fishdick and you think his articles are interesting, but you have no clue what's being said throughout because you don't read them.

let's get a beer!
lets just say I am well versed in the art of scanning over article and pulling the parts I need out.

Feschuck writes a column for a shitty team.

Why not turn your anger on the franchise, wouldn't it be nice if theygave us something nice to read about?

You know, you guys tore this guy up over his piece where he failed to annoint Ukic the next big thing, when all he did was point out a cold hard fact that the kid can't shoot. Nevermind he complimented him a few times, and even called him a gym rat who if anyone could improve, it would be him....nope, not you guys.

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Feschuk comes off like a dick and his articles have had the same negative overtones even when the team has been successful.

It's his schtick. He's the darkness, the anti-Doug Smith if you will.
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I'd like to get Bosh outta here and not because of this story but because I think its the right thing to do. Bosh for a legit SG and a hard working Center
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