For me it was never 1 single move that pinpoints BC's idiocy, its been the entirety of his 7 year stretch. *IF* I had to choose one though (and I guess this still technically isn't just one), it would be Bargs and all Bargs related moves as a whole. #1 pick in a weak draft? Take a soft jump shooter that plays the same position as your allstar instead of trying to trade down or package with another guy for a wing to compliment Bosh. Trade for JO? Compensating for Bargnani's crappy defense and protect Bosh. Bargnani up for an extension? Bid against himself. and an overbid at that. Now finally, holding onto Bargs until his value is at an all time low and splintering this team.
Trading for Jermaine Oneal was when BC started making his shitbed. The franchise was at a crossroads, had to make a move and it was the wrong move, in hindsight. Even going in there was a very high risk, with a very low reward. Everyone knew J.O. wasn't going to be the same guy he was before his knees went, despite how healthy he said he was.
Anyways, I guess my main reason is based on where this team would be at if we had drafted any of the listed players instead of trading our pick for J.O. (brace yourself):
Not saying any of these players would have dramatically changed the course of things, but that was a tough pick to give up for what we got. We even traded away our second rounder in the same draft (ended up being Goran Dragic). ouch, hindsight is a b****!
It was a huge disaster when Sam left the team, each season got worse. COY chased out by realgm fans because they thought their 7 foot hero was 30/15 centre.
There have been many mistakes, but perhaps the biggest was drafting Bargnani over Aldridge.
2. Jay Triano was Canadian I think that was his logic for that one But I agree I didnt like sam getting fired anyway but it led us to DC which im happy with.
3. Bosh was always saying I love T.dot I love T.dot and he was a bonafied star so we built around him, problem is Bosh was too weird a person to draw any other stars to play along side him here.
4. Bargnani was the right choice that draft based on what he could have been/could be/and everything he brought to the table already.
5. Well ya lol but its not easy bringing ignorant bastards to play here some people think we live in igloos up here in Canada and hunt polar bears and shit. Sounds like a dam Game Of Thrones story.
And everyone drop the JO thing lol he was a monster around that time and was supposed to be our legit center to play along with Bosh, then his knees exploded and kept exploding.
I don't think that Colangelo has done the greatest job of building the raptors, but you have to think about his moves in terms of opportunity cost - i.e. what other deals did he pass up to execute the trades he made, what players could he have signed instead of the ones that he did, and what players did he pass on to select the players that he drafted. I argue that BC's tenure has been characterized by a few bad signings but mostly by unfortunate circumstances and bad luck.
Unfortunately we can never truly know whether there was a better trade available for any deal because we are not privvy to the discussions between NBA general managers. It may be that BC has passed up trades to acquire a true star, but we'll never know what he had to deal with so this is a pointless exercise.
Looking at the draft, the Raptors have simply had bad luck in terms of their draft positioning. We haven't been in a position to select a stud in years. BC hasn't found gold in the draft since he came to the raptors, but we can't say he has truly missed any opportunities. If he had drafted aldridge instead of bargs, he would have been crucified for selecting a bosh clone. Aldridge was considered soft and definitely not a C at the time of the draft. Rudy Gay had a lot of question marks and could have easily ended up more like Earl Clark. You could argue jennings over derozan, and jennings is good but he's not a franchise-altering star. BC didn't make bad choices in the draft - he has just never been in a position to make good ones other than the JV pick, and I think everyone agrees that he made the best selection there despite the unpopularity of the decision at the time.
Ah thats right, the NETS, Calderon botched that shot at the end, BUT anyone remember with a minute or so left a SERIOUSLY BAD call by Tim Donaghy, bets were on that game Im sure. Seriously I don't know what call it was but remember that turned the game and Nets took the lead in the dying minute because of that call.
His error, was becoming the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.