And now the moment you've all been waiting for (BC re:Mitchell)
Old 04-29-2008, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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* BRYAN COLANGELO

How do you look back at this season, right now?
“It’s a constant process of evaluating of where we are … Let’s face it, season-long we have needed to address certain things and I’m not sure that we ever did. And let’s start with the absence of (Jorge) Garbajosa. Not having that component on this team - that savvy and experience … made it difficult.”

“So what do we do today? We sit down and have exit interviews with the players … But today it’s far too early to make any rash decisions on who is going to be here and who is not going to be here.”

“We need to address defense and rebounding areas … a 20-point scorer … We need to get some more help for Chris Bosh … to help shoulder some of that burden.”

“My biggest disappointment is that we didn’t get better.”

Thoughts on the job Sam Mitchell did …
“All things should be put to rest right now. I have absolutely no plans to make a coaching change right now.”

“Nobody’s saying it’s all Sam Mitchell’s fault. Nobody’s saying it’s all Bryan Colangelo’s fault. Nobody’s saying it’s all Andrea Bargnani’s fault. It’s a collective effort in everything we do.”

“He’s the coach of this basketball team.”

His thoughts on TJ Ford and Jose Calderon and the fact that Ford said “I want to be a starter”, while Calderon said “I just want to win” …
“This is not a new issue. It’s an issue that’s been talked about quite a bit. I don’t blame (TJ) and I applaud the fact that that’s his position.

“It’s a very safe assumption that Jose will be back in a Raptors uniform next season.”

“We’ve got a problem that needs to be resolved and it will be resolved in time.”

“You know I don’t like to sit on my hands in terms of trying to improve our basketball team … whether or not they include TJ Ford going to another team - or anybody else - it all needs to play out.”

Thoughts on Andrea Bargnani’s struggles in his second season …
“He’s a young player with a tremendous amount of upside. For everyone that is ready to throw him out with the bath water, I beg to differ. He’s a 22 year old young kid who is making his way in the league.

“We need to do a better job of nurturing what we have - not just Andrea - but the entire team.”

On whether or not Garbajosa will suit-up for Spain this summer if he’s declared fit/healthy …
“I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that he will not be playing in the Olympics if he’s under contract with us.”

On the fans … and how fired-up they are right now about the Raptors’ disappointing year:
“I prefer that they’re anxious and not unresponsive”
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ah well .... I'm fine with that as long as BC brings in some new blood because I don't think Sam can do any better with what's been given to him now talent wise or lack there of.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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"I have no plans to make a coaching change right now"

Left himself an out.

Why didnt he say.

Sam will be the coach next year....
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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TJ's taking a beating today.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I still expect him to go into next season as the coach with our new lineup, and if we start out shaky, we can him. Or something like that.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dear BC: why do you have your head up Smitch's ass too? I thought you of all people had a little bit of sense.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I thought about this and there's no way we change our coach this summer. It doesn't make sense, if anything Sam did a good job in the playoffs, I think most will agree with this. We were competitive with a team that many picked to dominate us.

I think everybody agrees that Sam underperformed this year - but then again, he overperformed last year, so it evens out. I think mitchell will get another chance - but next season he will not be allowed to underperform. Whatever targets Bryan sets for next season, if they are not met, he'll be kicked out.
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