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Bryan Colangelo – Game of Thrones

July 15, 2011 3 comments

Colangelo was hired 5 years ago and was seen as the saviour of the Raptors.

Last month, MLSE re-signed Bryan Colangelo to a two-year contract to be the GM of the Toronto Raptors. Fans on both sides (Colangelo haters vs. Colangelo there’s nobody really betters) decided to take a wait and see approach to how he rebuilds the team in the next couple of years before deciding if he had a long-term future with the Raptors. However, Colangelo envisions things going a little bit differently.

Now, we’ve known for a little while that Colangelo was looking to add a GM and retain┬áthe President tag, but the story lost a bit of steam as our local beat reporters had been unable to gain any traction on the story. However, Adrian Wojnarowski (really the best in the business for my money) broke the story last night that there are three potential candidates in place.

With the decision to hire a GM, and with the recent firing of Jay Triano, Colangelo has set up a safety net should things go wrong in the next couple of seasons even though all personnel decisions have been made by him. He’ll be the one doing the firing, and ironically, the GM would probably be the first one to go. BC has taken a page straight out of Richard Peddie’s book.

I’ve always been a BC sympathizer because I think the man is extremely intelligent and is in good standing with most of the league. He is quick to realize his mistakes and his work ethic is unparalleled. However, this is where I stop sympathizing. Five years ago this man was brought in to be the new GM of the Raptors. Last month he was re-signed to be the GM of the Raptors. Now, Colangelo has decided he doesn’t want to be the GM anymore and that says everything I need to know about his confidence in running this team – he’s lost it. He’s trying to save his job (like we all would) and he’s fantastic at doing so.

If Colangelo is unwilling to be the GM of this team then he should step away from the organization completely because whether or not he’s GM he will have final say on all basketball decisions without any of the accountability. It’s dishonest, cowardly, and the Toronto faithful deserve a better fate than what is going to befall them in the remainder of Colangelo’s reign.

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The Next Head Coach of the Raptors…Part 1

According to Mr. Smith the candidates for the head coaching position have been narrowed to two:

Boston assistant coach Lawrence Frank and Mavs assistant Dwane Casey.

Today, let’s look at Lawrence Frank.

Frank started his career as a student manager at Indiana University working for Bobby Knight. After his graduation, Frank became an assistant for everyone’s favourite maniacal former Raptors head coach and defensive guru (yet offensive putz) Kevin O’Neill at Marquette and Tennessee. From there Frank joined the staff of the Vancouver Grizzlies before finally joining the Nets in 2000.

It would be in 2004, after the Nets had gone to the NBA finals in two consecutive years under the leadership of one of the most underrated coaches in the league in Byron Scott, that Frank would finally get his chance. The veteran-heavy Nets had simply tuned Scott out (like most teams do to their coach at some point), and sensing a change was needed, then President and GM Rod Thorn made the decision to promote Frank. The decision paid off as the Nets went on a 13-game winning streak to start Frank’s career. After that, Frank would lead the Nets to 4 straight playoff appearances (including a series victory against the Raptors – click if you want the rest of your day to be ruined), but never got past the 2nd round.

Jason Kidd was traded in 2008, then Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson would soon follow. Two seasons had passed and the Nets had finished with identical records of 34-48. What was left was a roster so flawed that Frank and the Nets would open the 2009-2010 season on a 16-game losing streak. Frank was fired and the Nets would only win 12 games that season.

Frank’s career arc is similar of that to many coaches. A successful start with a bit of playoff success followed by a pink slip because of a roster dismantling and rebuild. Frank deserves another shot, and the Raptors probably need a new voice.

Rod Thorn called Frank “a good X’s and O’s guy”, and that he “understands players”. He’s considered a very good player development coach, but struggled to translate that into team success (which is a hard thing to do in the NBA). And at least we know he’ll be entertaining after every Raptors loss because Frank certainly doesn’t mind mincing words, but what the fuck you gonna do about it?

 

Frank is certainly more experienced because of his time with the Nets, but I’m not convinced his story will play out any differently than Triano’s. His personality, demeanour, and approach to the game are admirable but seem better suited to a veteran team. But, if Frank can instill a defensive culture and bring some real accountability to the Raptors then go ahead and hire him. If it doesn’t work out he’ll be out the door along with Bryan Colangelo in two years time.