With Media Day over and training camp jumping off this morning in Ottawa, the season is about ready to get under way. Over the next few days, RaptorsHQ will be rolling out a series of interviews they did with players and coaches from Media Day and this morning Franchise kicks things off with chats with Jarrett Jack and DeMar DeRozan, in addition to an audio listen in on he and the media's scrum with Bryan Colangelo.
And they're off.
The media sessions are done for now, training camp is under way, and the season is finally right around the corner.
Yesterday evening I posted a quick recap of some of the key notes from yesterday's media event at the newly renovated ACC, but over the next few days we roll out the various individual interviews we did, in addition to some of the scrums we participated in.
We won't be attending training camp this year in Ottawa (damn real jobs) but we'll be touching base with a close friend of ours who's attending the action, Holly MacKenzie from The Score. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (Holly MacKenzie (stackmack) on Twitter
) for all your Training Camp updates.
On to the interviews and first up, Bryan Colangelo.
I've posted this as an audio file because it was simply too long to transcribe. Even my portions of the scrum concerning new players and how close the Hedo situation was to not happening, brought forth long answers from the Lego Master.
When the audio file starts, Colangelo is in the middle of discussing the Bosh
situation next year and how the apparent amalgamation of the agents of Bosh, James and Wade will impact said negotiations. What I unfortunately missed was the interesting point BC was making regarding his relationship with Leon Rose and Henry Thomas; from the Andrea extension this off-season (a strategic move then?) all the way back to the drafting of Michael Finley. I found this fascinating as it really showed just how important keeping good rapports with key agents is in the NBA, and that basketball savvy and cap management are only two parts of the "successful GM equation." You can have all the draft success you want but if you can't woo the agents to make sure said players stay around, you can find yourselves like the Minnesota Timberwolves - perpetually rebuilding.