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Old 04-04-2013, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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COMMENTARY | A wise coach once declared: "The ship be sinking."

Okay, so maybe wise isn't the right word to describe Sam Mitchell, but that quote describes the current state of affairs for the Toronto Raptors to perfection.

The problem is the team had such promise back in October, yet the season has spiraled away from them and is now an unmitigated mess. The team started the season going 4-19 with more than a handful of excruciating losses that ripped the heart out of the team and its fans.

Bryan Colangelo swung for the fences when he traded Jose Calderon and Ed Davis for Rudy Gay. At first the deal looked great as Toronto responded by going 7-3 during Gay's first ten games as a Raptor. An impressive bump considering the team was 16-30 prior to Gay's arrival.

When Andrea Bargnani returned from an injury to his right elbow things went sideways. Again. The past two seasons Dwane Casey has been preaching the need for accountability and he has vowed through the media that guys who don't get after it on the defensive end wouldn't see the court. And, during the team's resurgence he held true to that, but when Bargnani returned the Italian forward was spoon-fed minutes without any need to be accountable on the defensive end or on the glass and he wasn't forced to be shy with his shot selection.

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Because of the lack of accountability towards Bargnani, it has led to a complete dissolution of order on the court for the team. Instead of Casey rallying his troops it's becoming clear he has lost them.

"We just need to finish off strong, period," DeMar DeRozan told The Toronto Star. "Just for our sakes as players and the pride of the game. We understand it's been a tough season, but we don't want to go into a long summer dwelling on how bad we ended (the year)."
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Remember how rough the start of the season was? Now Toronto might have an end to their season which could conceivably see the team go 5-21. It's possible the team finishes the season worse than they started it despite the addition of Gay into the mix.

How the team is poised to finish the season and how they started it is far from what the front office, coaching staff and management envisioned after 23 wins in a strike-shortened season. Especially when ownership anted up some big money to approve the addition of Gay and his cumbersome contract.

The result is MLSE will look long and hard at bringing Colangelo and Casey back into the fold next season. The odds aren't in favour of either returning.

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Casey lacks the ability to hold any of his players accountable.... DD, AA and Rudy all have green lights, as does Lucas. Lazy jumpers can make any ship go sideways.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope this article is right with regards to the last point
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Casey lacks the ability to hold any of his players accountable.... DD, AA and Rudy all have green lights, as does Lucas. Lazy jumpers can make any ship go sideways.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The result is MLSE will look long and hard at bringing Colangelo and Casey back into the fold next season. The odds aren't in favour of either returning.

you are teasing us again Jeff
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The result is MLSE will look long and hard at bringing Colangelo and Casey back into the fold next season. The odds aren't in favour of either returning.

you are teasing us again Jeff
Yes, yes he is.:mattyd:
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, a reporter writes what he believes what is going on and some of you lap it up like honey. No one knows whats going on behind the scenes except the people that work there. Last time I checked, there is not many that are outside that circle that are privy to the inner sanctum of knowledge and is sharing with us.

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The result is MLSE will look long and hard at bringing Colangelo and Casey back into the fold next season. The odds aren't in favour of either returning.
Fk that, says who?? A yahoo sports writer that is compiling sound bites, rearranges them to suit and then makes an article: the more controversial it is the more readers he has which equates to the reporter keeping their job.

Sounds extremely reliable
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I mean, if BC actually trades Bargs, I wouldn't say it's sinking. And for Casey losing his team? Have I been missing something? I don't see that.

Other then that I agree on the article. Hopefully, if either or both leave, we have a better already-known option, rather then firing and getting a random coach/GM whom never shown success.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The ship never left the dock. And Sam never said the ship be sinking, it was Tracy mcGrady.

There does seem to be a whole lot of shit going on behind the scenes, but it's really anybody's guess at what or how anything has effected anything else. The biggest common denominator for the longest time has been the guy at the very top. And I don't know if the current ownership is looking for the same used car salesman that previous ownership was happy with.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The ship never left the dock. And Sam never said the ship be sinking, it was Tracy mcGrady.

There does seem to be a whole lot of shit going on behind the scenes, but it's really anybody's guess at what or how anything has effected anything else. The biggest common denominator for the longest time has been the guy at the very top. And I don't know if the current ownership is looking for the same used car salesman that previous ownership was happy with.
You know, regardless of how or what is happening behind the scenes, you're right on with this post - can't argue the ship never left the dock nor can you argue that the most common denominator throughout everything has been BC. Does anyone here believe in Lemony Snickets or is BC really that terrible?
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You have to cut off the head for real change to occur.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Because of the lack of accountability towards Bargnani, it has led to a complete dissolution of order on the court for the team. Instead of Casey rallying his troops it's becoming clear he has lost them.
give me a break, Bargnani has missed 80% of the games played under casey, it's ridiculous to blame him for the lack of accountability displayed by virtually everybody on this roster, including guys like telfair or gay who basically didn't even play alongside andrea.

this is a coach who can't keep his troops under control, simple as that.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Casey is a players coach. Hard work, respect, toughness but isn't very techinical savvy. Reason for his rotations, and player-coach relationships(AA,JL). He is better off as an assistant, seriously.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Casey seems like he can only coach seasoned veterans that are like 33+
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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something has to happen, traditionally its the coach first.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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How many coaches does it take to get rid of the GM? This is idiocy. Cut the head off, and then kill the rest.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yep. Casey has had his option picked up already. Colangelo has not been committed to at all. That's what has to be looked at first and foremost. Then go from there.
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Its very strange that the call was to tank and get to keep our pick in this years draft, and effectively we are hitting the bottom. Is it not good enough? The team can't announce that they are tanking and risk getting a fine from lord fontnoroy, STERN, so what the KCUF do you want?
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