“I don’t believe I’m being pushed off into a corner somewhere,” Colangelo said. “I think I’m going to be used in a fashion that my 18 years of experience is going to be tapped into, not just by Tim but by the new GM.”
They say that "Denial" is the first stage of grief and loss.
I don't give two shits if BC is the president. The new GM will be making the basketball decisions, and that's all I really care about
I may be the only one happy that BC is still here, like it or not its a good move and if it doesnt work they can fire him, BC has a lot of connections that can benefit the Raps even if it didnt pan out with him calling the shots and building the team it can help the organization as a whole. All because fans either dont respect him or like doesnt mean he isnt loved and admired by his peers in the league which is what really matters.
I suspect it's partly to allow BC to look for another job, get paid, and not have the stigma of a firing. We did this at my old law firm when we'd fire lawyers (even crappy ones). Instead of severance, they'd let the guy hang around for 3 months doing nothing until he got another job. The firm could say it didn't fire anyone and the guy got to say he left on his own terms....
Is this not the Brian Burke situation 2.0?
Raps talent level is good organic growth again talking about some tweaks. The main players he mentions JV, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.
focal point of the team though obviously things wont start getting interesting till the new GM is in town and the playoffs are over.
Whether it came down to optics (as you mentioned), contractual reason (as Apollo mentioned - although I do doubt an option in a contract came with a buy out clause, although who knows. You see some very weird clauses in non-regulated contracts) or simply out of friendship, I'm not sure.
But I can say I disliked this set up a couple days ago when BC was going into a 'corporate role', and now that BC is easily within in ear shot of decision makers, with his guys still manning the HQ (for now anyways), I like it even less.
this whole this is so perfectly MLSE-ish, TL seems to have picked up on how they operate (as bass-ackwards as possible) pretty quickly.
why was BC retained? well, i guess it's for appearances...we know he's a smooth operator, with friends on the board, so he must have had enough cache to sway at least a couple people his way; agree with others that this is more than likely temporary until he can hoodwink another team into hiring him.
who will they hire as GM? anyone's guess. ujiri makes sense, i suppose...i was disappointed they 'let' him go in the first place, but he was ready to move up, and the offer from the nuggs was there, and TO had BC entrenched. i really don't get some of the (dumb) arguments being made here that ujiri returning to TO would be an act of disloyalty to the nuggs. sorry, but while the nuggs gave him his 'first' shot (as GM), he was also the lowest-paid GM in the L (perhaps warranted, given his experience, but still). plus, this is SPORTS...what is loyalty? weaver is a guy i was hoping for a couple years ago, and still think he'd be a top-notch option, but would he want to join this organization, with this roster, and with this mess of a management situation, as his first GM job?
where do they go from here? who the fuck knows. they're in a tough position, with some virtually untradeable assets who are highly overpaid for what they provide (gay, fields, bargs), some assets who are very, very tradeable because they are awesome, cheap & have great potential (ok, AN asset - JV), with pretty much everyone else on the roster (under contract) as kind of meh. lowry was supposed to offer great value, but who really knows now. derozan? please. amir's the only guy not on a rookie deal you can point to on this roster and say is absolutely worth what he's making...but who knows if that will hold up?
so, no picks, no available cash, overpaid players, management situation in flux, potential lame-duck head coach (and staff). seems like a great situation.
the more things change...
TRUE LOVE - Sometimes you know it the instant you see it across the bar.
This is my favorite part of the article:
Fun times.Leiweke addressed concerns that keeping Colangelo around would complicate things for any new hire by stressing that the new GM will have complete authority on basketball matters and will report directly to Leiweke, not Colangelo.
''If anyone ultimately disrupts that process, then I'll clean it up,'' Leiweke said.
Colangelo said he understood the message from his new boss.
''The bottom line is, if I get in the way, I'm not going to be around,'' he said.
It's the same reason Tim Leiweke came here in the first place. He sees Toronto's potential, sees the mess we're in and wants to be the guy credited for turning it around.
Imagine if you were a GM, and you just inherited the Miami Heat. There wouldn't be a whole lot to do. You might win a bunch of championships, but ultimately your resume wouldn't say a lot because someone else assembled that team. The job of Heat GM would be to keep everything status quo. I think the reason the Raptors could be perceived as a dream scenario for a GM is because of the mess, not in spite of it.
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