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Old 05-13-2013, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Colangelo has been waiting for nearly a week to learn if he was convincing enough in his presentation to MLSE ownership and incoming president and CEO Tim Leiweke to at least have the option year on his contract picked up.

That timeline may not suit Colangelo and there is some suggestion that he may take action preemptively and offer his resignation in the coming days. “It wouldn’t shock me that if at the end of the day, if I’m not going to give him a vote of confidence, he moves on,” said Leiweke.

According to sources Colangelo may be growing frustrated waiting for a decision to be me made, with the longer it drags on serving as evidence to him that he is not Leiweke’s first choice to run the basketball operations going forward.

On the other sources close to the MLSE familiar with Leiweke’s thinking say he’s also tapping into his NBA contacts to determine if there might be a preferred choice to give the franchise over to for a complete makeover.

It’s also unlikely that Leiweke would consider an interim management team headed by Colangelo’s right-hand man Ed Stefanski, for example.
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One name that can be crossed off any lists, sources say, is Phil Jackson. The 11-time NBA champion head coach won six titles working with Leiweke in Los Angeles and the two are friends, but the likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point.

It’s also unlikely that Leiweke would consider an interim management team headed by Colangelo’s right-hand man Ed Stefanski, for example.

Caught in between is Colangelo, a two-time NBA executive of the year who came to the Raptors in March of 2006 as one of the most highly-regarded executives in the league after a long and successful run with the Phoenix Suns. Two straight playoff appearances and the Raptors only division title followed but the Raptors missed the playoffs the last two seasons that Chris Bosh was uniform and have been in a rebuilding phase for the last three years.

Colangelo has predicted the team is positioned to make the playoffs in 2013-14 with a nucleus of Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valancuinas.

Grange on Raptors: Colangelo decision coming - Sportsnet.ca
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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...give the franchise over to for a complete makeover
I won't be unhappy if the Raptors tank this year for what sounds like a great 2014 draft.
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I won't be unhappy if the Raptors tank this year for what sounds like a great 2014 draft.

Oh boy, a ten year rebuild. How fun!
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I won't be unhappy if the Raptors tank this year for what sounds like a great 2014 draft.
we've been a lottery team for 5 years. how much longer will the rebuild take?
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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we've been a lottery team for 5 years. how much longer will the rebuild take?
Not 1, or 2, or 3, or 4, or 5, or 6.......
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to me, this is the most important part of the whole piece -

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Reached for comment in Los Angeles Sunday, Leiweke said, “I’m not going to let the board dictate the timing on this and this is no disrespect to the board. That’s not the right way to do this. I think it’s a matter of whatever time that takes is what it takes, we’re not going to knee jerk. I’m not going to let the board overrule the time and to their credit, they haven’t asked it. They’ve been very patient.

“It wouldn’t shock me that if at the end of the day, if I’m not going to give him a vote of confidence, he moves on,” said Leiweke.
So neither the board nor the interests of Colangelo are going to hamstring the decision in any way. This is fantastic news. It's the kind of thing that has been missing here for so long. It's going to be all about making the right decision, and considering both the short-term and the long-term in charting a course. I said it when Leiweke was hired, and it appears to be true - shit just got real. Finally. And I think that is the case whether Bryan returns for a year or not, although it would be optimal to get a jumpstart on the future pronto if it can be done.
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I am really liking what I'm hearing from Leiweke so far, particularly the quote that LX posted.

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“It wouldn’t shock me that if at the end of the day, if I’m not going to give him a vote of confidence, he moves on,” said Leiweke.
I love that, for me it says everything about how Leiweke is approaching this decision.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sounds like BC is toast unless they can't find anyone else. And if it takes that long he will leave anyway and he's toast.
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there's apparently a different quote in NP which sounds a little different:
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have not gotten to a decision and I need to get board interaction so I think it is still up in air. That said, he may not want to be here if he does not get a long-term commitment.
either way, I'm not thrilled about all these moving deadlines, it's pretty clear that they're looking for a replacement and are holding off BC as a backup option. If the new ceo is aware that BC may leave if things drag too long, why not just let him go - what's the point of delaying this. It will be easier to look for a replacement when the position is available too. At the very least he should have told BC that he's not likely to stick, so we avoid situations like BC's comments that he may leave.

Right now we're in a position where the GM says he may leave if a decision isn't made soon and his boss says he understands that it's a possibility ...
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there's apparently a different quote in NP which sounds a little different:


either way, I'm not thrilled about all these moving deadlines, it's pretty clear that they're looking for a replacement and are holding off BC as a backup option. If the new ceo is aware that BC may leave if things drag too long, why not just let him go - what's the point of delaying this. It will be easier to look for a replacement when the position is available too. At the very least he should have told BC that he's not likely to stick, so we avoid situations like BC's comments that he may leave.

Right now we're in a position where the GM says he may leave if a decision isn't made soon and his boss says he understands that it's a possibility ...
i'm thinking that they planned all along to re-sign him, but when the jackson possibility arose they decided to let things play out. now that jackson is likely off the table they need to revisit bc. given that they had to tip their hat, i'm guessing colangelo has the ball in his court at this point, especially if there isn't another candidate in the works. not good...
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Collangelo Jr. definitely isn't Sr. in Lieweke's eyes.

It seems to me like he's testing Collangelo's pride. Is it going to get in the way of a working relationship with Lieweke?

Lieweke is communicating that he isn't going to give Collangelo a vote of confidence and that he needs to sell himself like any other candidate.
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i'm thinking that they planned all along to re-sign him, but when the jackson possibility arose they decided to let things play out. now that jackson is likely off the table they need to revisit bc. given that they had to tip their hat, i'm guessing colangelo has the ball in his court at this point, especially if there isn't another candidate in the works. not good...
Perhaps... Do you think teams are knocking down his door with offers, given the team's performance over the last 5 years? If anything, I think he wants to finish out the last year, we'll likely make the playoffs, and then he can bolt to another team with, at least, one successful (recent) season here.
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The 11-time NBA champion head coach won six titles working with Leiweke in Los Angeles and the two are friends, but the likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point.
Actually, it's five, but who's counting...
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Looks like Colangelo is as good as gone.
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They won't announce anything before the Leafs/Boston series finishes, and if the Leafs advance, they may not announce until the next series is decided. Lieweke is a marketing guy, and they want to squeeze everything out of the Leafs right now.

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It will be a huge step in the right direction if Colangelo is gone, and we finally have management that is respected and knows what they're doing in building a successful organization.

The next big step is who he is replaced with. Hopefully it'll be a truly positive offseason and a big couple of steps for this franchise to finally becoming a consistent winner. We've waited far too long.
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It will be a huge step in the right direction if Colangelo is gone, and we finally have management that is respected and knows what they're doing in building a successful organization.

The next big step is who he is replaced with. Hopefully it'll be a truly positive offseason and a big couple of steps for this franchise to finally becoming a consistent winner. We've waited far too long.
Thats what a lot of people thought when rogers bought the jays wasnt it? what Im saying is that it isnt as easy as you make it out to be. for all we know, we might end up with another babcock and be wishing in 3 years time that we kept BC on.
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Thats what a lot of people thought when rogers bought the jays wasnt it? what Im saying is that it isnt as easy as you make it out to be. for all we know, we might end up with another babcock and be wishing in 3 years time that we kept BC on.
Seeing as we wouldnt make the playoffs with either one, is there really that big of a difference considering this franchise has been sucking forever?
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