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05-04-2013, 03:37 PM
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why do people want Phil again? what did he do without MJ/Rodman/Pippen and Shaq/Kobe ... oh... oh right...
he wouldn't be coaching. He'd be in a front-office role. Where the name-recognition and cachet that he has would be helpful in attracting talent on and off the court.

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Who would have thought Memphis trades away Rudy Gay, they beat the Clippers in round 1 and probably have a better than 50-50 shot of beating OKC and making the conference finals.
Trading Rudy away let Gasol and Zbo get more touches. Gay took too many shots away from the strength of the team, their big men.

They have a very good chance to get to the Finals. They should beat OKC, and they match up great against the Spurs.

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05-06-2013, 11:24 AM
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Doug Smith: MLSE could be deciding Bryan Colangelo’s fate this week

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So, is this week we get some resolution?

No one’s talking on the record – or even off it an awful lot, for that matter – but there are rumblings that there might be some chatter at the top levels of Maple Leaf Sports this week in the regular course of business that could lead to some kind of answer to the one burning question surrounding the basketball team.

Now, this is not going to be some “showdown at high noon” or anything like that, I think there might have been a bit too much drama apportioned to this whole situation than is real.

It’s not like two “sides” are going to stride in a boardroom like opposing lawyers discussing contentious settlement issues. It’s very much been business as usual over there, even with the future at cloudy as it might seem.

People need to get on with what they have to get on with, planning the summer and the fall, doing research into players and possibilities for summer moves; there is work to be done and it’s getting done.

As I’ve said often, however, I do think a quicker resolution is the best for all concerned.

I would suggest any HR Lady worth her training manuals would suggest that anything left hanging – especially something as significant as who is running the show – is counter-productive; it’s not that people aren’t doing their jobs because they are all professional enough to realize that work needs to be done but clouds and major decisions left hanging are not good.

You know what I think should happen: I think they should at least guarantee the last year of Bryan Colangelo’s deal, let him and Dwane Casey get on with trying to make the team better and more relevant and remove any issues in that regard.

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05-06-2013, 12:32 PM
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Sportsnet.ca: Bryan Colangelo to meet with MLSE board Tuesday

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With the conclusion of the 2012-2013 NBA season, the biggest question mark for the Toronto Raptors was the fate of president and general manager Bryan Colangelo but it appears that Maple Leafs Sport and Entertainment is closing on a decision.

As first reported by Ryan Wolstat, Colangelo will meet with the MLSE board on Tuesday. A source confirmed to Sportsnet that the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning and that newly-appointed MLSE CEO Tom Leiweke is expected to be present for the meeting.

Colangelo is expected to present the board his plan for the future as well as to review what has happened during his tenure with the franchise. When Colangelo met with the media after the season had ended, he made it clear that his desire was to be back and to retain current head coach Dwane Casey.

While Casey has one year remaining on his contract, the board will decide whether or not they want to pick up the team option on Colangelo’s current deal. Nearing the end of season it appeared likely that they would keep him at the helm for another season. The hiring of Leiweke creates a new wrinkle. The former CEO of AEG, Leiweke made it clear in his introductory conference call that the Raptors are an immediate priority for MLSE.

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05-06-2013, 01:10 PM
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Tomorrow could be great news for our franchise. If Colangelo manages to snake his way outta this one, I'm convinced he's never leaving then.

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Tomorrow could be great news for our franchise. If Colangelo manages to snake his way outta this one, I'm convinced he's never leaving then.
For what ever reason I think he's gonna get another shot at least for 1 more season. The team next season should be better, if they hold it together and don't have a horrid losing skid again they will be in the thick of things for a playoff spot.

But unless guys like Gay, Derozan and Lowry step up and produce at a much more consistent rate next season this team is going to always be in limbo. Val needs to continue to grow and hopefully have a bit more of the offense run through him. Bargs will hopefully bring in something useful, we need to bring in a 3 point specialist and a backup point but I am confident that something positive will happen over the summer.

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I think he'll get another year too, but with Leiweke I hope he has a better vision and scope regarding the Raps. He said they are his first priority, so the biggest change I can see him commit to is installing new management.

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Hey guys I found the Raptors intro beat for 2013-14.. Thank me later.


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For what ever reason I think he's gonna get another shot at least for 1 more season. The team next season should be better, if they hold it together and don't have a horrid losing skid again they will be in the thick of things for a playoff spot.

But unless guys like Gay, Derozan and Lowry step up and produce at a much more consistent rate next season this team is going to always be in limbo. Val needs to continue to grow and hopefully have a bit more of the offense run through him. Bargs will hopefully bring in something useful, we need to bring in a 3 point specialist and a backup point but I am confident that something positive will happen over the summer.
I am not all that excited about Gay, Lowry, and DD. Core of a .500 team right there. Not going to get excited about the Raptors unless they do something drastic.

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05-07-2013, 01:22 AM
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Spurs-Warriors game, biggest choke job by the Warriors. I'm on the warriors bandwagon and it was very disappointing how the Warriors felt comfortable with their lead against a veteran playoffs team. They just sat back and allowed the Spurs to come back and tie it! it went onto 2 overtimes with the Spurs winning.

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I am not all that excited about Gay, Lowry, and DD. Core of a .500 team right there. Not going to get excited about the Raptors unless they do something drastic.
Sad to think that .500 is good enough to make the playoffs.

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Sad to think that .500 is good enough to make the playoffs.

It's good enough to get swept by the Heat. Toronto is kind of screwed. DD and Gay are redundant and dont create plays while Lowry isnt a good enough distributor to do anything with it. Amir has stepped up and knows his role so someone like Millsap or Smith who will try to take over will just add to the Gay - DD chaos so you can't improve there while all the good C's available are out of Toronto's price range and its hard to justify shrugging off Jonas at this point. The most you can do is trade away pieces and try to build a great bench or get Lowry out and a real PG in.

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Coloangelo gets another shot? No way. He should be canned.

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westbrook getting injured was probably the best thing to happen to KD. i thought to myself at the time WB got injured that this may give KD a chance to possibly become like lebron, taking over a game in other ways other then scoring.

he was exposed in the first series against houston as he was unfamiliar with the role (shot way to much which lead to lack luster drives to the rim) but in this memphis series he seems to understand when to shoot/drive/create and also it in what location i.e. the post/wing/top of key.

also perkins is possibly the worst bball player active in the league. dude is slow, bad hands, terrible vision and is nonathletic. he practically never does anything good in game from all the plays i've seen him involved in.

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http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...or-his-future/



Bryan Colangelo met with key figures on the MLSE board Tuesday afternoon.

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Make no mistake: the only person with their finger on the trap door beneath Bryan Colangelo’s chair is the guy who’s not even officially his boss yet.

Tim Leiweke was cautiously cryptic on the subject of the Toronto Raptors executive’s future after it was announced he would be starting as the president and chief executive officer of MLSE on June 30.

“I have a role in the Bryan Colangelo relationship; we’ll see where it goes,” Leiweke said.

According to multiple sources ‘where it goes’ will be determined in the next few days, a week tops.

But more and more it’s looking like Colangelo will be back — along with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey. The wild card is the term — will Colangelo get his option picked up for one more ‘show me’ season? Or will he be able to convince those at MLSE that success is closer than it appears and consistency is important and get an extension?

There are countless adjectives that can be applied to the one-time front office young gun who his moving into his NBA middle age with his share of nicks and scars alongside the triumphs, but determined and flexible are always apt.

Tellingly, multiple sources close to MLSE paint a picture of Colangelo as having embraced the presence of Leiweke rather than cowering at the possibility that a new executive with a very publicly stated mandate to win championships would be looking to make his first splash by showing him the door, or opening the trap door, if you will.

It makes sense. If you’re fighting for your job — and those close to Colangelo say he’s been scrapping hard to get the chance to prove himself correct — then you’re probably smarter to seek influential allies than see every new face as an enemy.

And after all, Leiweke coming on board immediately makes MLSE a better place for a basketball executive to work as his NBA background and clout with ownership — estimates put his salary, for example, in the range of $8 million a year — can help put the needs of the club front and centre.

Whether that means a leadership group willing to spend luxury tax dollars for the first time in franchise history or one simply invested in the team’s upside in what is one of the richest markets in the NBA, there is a sense that rather than seeing Leiweke as a threat, Colangelo has come to consider him as a strong potential advocate in the cause of winning basketball games.

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How close do you guys feel you are to contending?

I am interested to know cause I believe that this organization is so close to prominence now that you have Leiweke

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How close do you guys feel you are to contending?

I am interested to know cause I believe that this organization is so close to prominence now that you have Leiweke
Contending for what? Playoffs? Raps will probably be a playoff seed next year, in the 7th or 8th seed. I think both the Wizards and Raptors make the jump, with Cleveland as a possibility as well depending on how bad the Celtics, Hawks and Bucks offseasons go.

But the team as constructed is not close to championships or deep playoff runs. And if BC gets to keep his job, that will continue since he has no long term vision. What happened in the meeting yesterday? Is he fired yet?

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BC had many years to prove himself I really hope Leiweke doesn't give him any mercy. We need BC to get the boot so Casey can tag along. Both are horrible. I'm sick of Caseys quote "pound the rock" and his retarded line changes, they are both dumb.

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Wow any body see this coming

Grizzlies up 2 to 1 on OC Thunder without Rudy Gay to boot.

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I think a player we can go after could be Al Horford. He's better suited at PF then C and if atlanta goes after Dwight I'd imagine they would want a front court of Smith at PF & Dwight at centre.


Horford is relatively young and fits in with the young mold of our team. It could be

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I think a player we can go after could be Al Horford. He's better suited at PF then C and if atlanta goes after Dwight I'd imagine they would want a front court of Smith at PF & Dwight at centre.


Horford is relatively young and fits in with the young mold of our team. It could be

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Clearly you haven't been keeping up with Atlanta. They prefer Horford 20x more than Smith. Horford hates playing C, since he's undersized there and is a natural PF. He's been begging Atlanta to get a legit center forever instead of playing him there.

If they somehow get Howard, that solves a lot of problems for them. Plus Horford has one of the best contracts in the NBA, I think he only gets paid 12 million a year for the next 3 years. JSmoove will be looking for a max contract this summer, and there's a good chance Atlanta just lets him walk rather than overpay him. I'd love to add him, but there's no way Bargs+Tross+picks (we can't trade our 2014 pick because we already traded the 13 pick). Bargs is negative value and TRoss is not valuable enough to sweeten the pot.

I just hope we amnesty Bargnani, but it seems like BC is gonna amnesty Kleiza instead. (which is a dumb move, since he's an expiring contract. Why waste your amnesty on an expiring contract when you have a much worse contract on the roster?)

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oh i was in the loop that Jsmoove would be used to recruit dwight & for the amnesty thing, look who our GM is. It explains a lot

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You're right, since Dwight and josh are best friends. I just don't see dwight leaving money on the table to go to Atlanta

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Plus I'm a little bit bias but a Horford-Val front court would be very very nice

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Yeah and they don't have OJ anymore.

Clearly they match up well with anybody though because they have one of the best front court's in the league, an above average point guard in all aspects of the game and one of the most elite perimeter defenders in the game.

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