Hey, hey, hey! Doug Smith comes through with a useful article! *gasp* I guess it does happen every now and then.
It is open season on Raptors personnel and it’s impossible to tell how far and deep the cuts will go.
Front office personnel are out, scouts are out, assistant coaches may be out and the week ahead could be a sea-changing period in the franchise’s history.Leiweke, when he first moved Colangelo out of the GM’s role, said he would let whoever he hired have the final decision on personnel matters, on the roster, the coaching staff and in the front office. But he made it no secret that he expected some significant improvement quickly.
But there is no doubt among NBA insiders that Ujiri has been given the mandate by his boss to make sweeping changes to a team that’s now missed the playoffs for five straight springs, the longest post-season drought in franchise history.
Also gone in the Stefanski purge are long-time scout Jim Kelly, pro scouting director, vice-president of pro scouting Dave Pendergraft and two regional scouts. One source also said Maurizio Gherardini, who has been working on a yearly contract as the team’s face in Europe, will also be gone after the weekend housecleaning.
The fate of former Raptor Alvin Williams, who moved from the front office to a scouting role last season, is undetermined.
Aside from Kelly, who first joined the organization under Isiah Thomas before the team had even held its first training camp, all the men let go on the weekend were hired during the seven-year Colangelo era.
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I wonder what happens to Alvin Williams. Then again, I've already been wondering exactly wtf he's doing for the organization.
Interesting that he said the assistant coaches could be out. Why would a GM ax a coach's assistants? i mean, i understand Casey did a terrible job picking his but that seems like a pretty sly move.
maybe ujiri will actually make casey take some assistants that aren't just yes men and can contribute something to the actual x's and o's
SVG would be a fantastic hire. Great coach. He'd do wonders for Val.
I would guess it has more to do with Casey might not have had much say in hiring his own staff to begin with. Alex English and PJ were not kept from Triano's crew while Hughes, Nori, and Roth were. Maybe Hughes, Nori, and Roth - all hired under BC - are out?TORONTO – New Raptors coach Dwane Casey will bring in some new assistants and keep some members of the current staff for his first season in Toronto.
The team announced Wednesday that Johnny Davis and Tom Sterner have been added to Casey’s staff. They will join assistants Eric Hughes, Micah Nori and Scott Roth, who were retained from former coach Jay Triano’s staff.
"You donít know the Bruno Caboclo......"Bruno Caboclo
he's really got to get rid of johnny davis
it'd be pretty cool (hilarious) if he brought in brian shaw and then shaw took over the next year
I didn't read all of the replies to this thread, but if there was a chance in hell at getting Karl I would be all over it. I can't beleive people here would even question that decision. Who cares if he is or is not a great coach in the playoffs. We don't have to get a coach that will be our coach for the next 20 years. We just need a coach that will make us better than we are today.
I am having a touch of amnesia but can anyone remind me of the front office personnel or coach that left the Raptors voluntarily for a better position/promotion at another franchise? The irony is that Masai is the only one who did and guess what...he comes back!! Even ex coaches who we considered decent (Carter, Smitch) but fired are unable to get another position. Goes to show that our front office people arent exactly in demand.
So exciting with some news going around! Cant wait till the Bargnani trading stories start coming out Ujiri said by July 1st so close, Canada Day becomes Bargnani D-Day love it.
It's funny. If someone told me that Colangelo needed another 5 years to "rebuild" this team, I'd say fukkit...I don't have the stomach to watch it through.
But if Ujiri has the same approach, I'd welcome it with open arms.
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On July 1, 2009, the Raptors announced the hiring of Williams as an assistant coach for the team. This would mark the return of Williams to the organization since being waived by the team less than three years earlier.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_WilliamsOn September 24, 2010, the Raptors announced that Williams will transition to the front office as the team’s Director of Player Development.
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I forgot about Alvin, I'm not sure what he's doing right now but it's probably only a supporting role and I'd imagine he sticks. He's not to blame for any of this and he's been with the organization for over a decade in some capacity. He's a good guy, a smart basketball mind and a good role model to young, impressionable players. Ujiri could use his help and he's not like the rest of the staff. He put his body on the line for this team. He was a big factor in their only blink at success.
When first brought in, he was very visible. They were using him as a player development coach. He would work out with guys, and be part of practices, and sit behind the bench learning the coaching ropes.
Now? He's listed as a scout now, but when's the last time he was visible or seemed engaged in what's actually going on? Just curious if he has any place with the team going forward, and just in general as a fan of his if he's going to keep being part of the game.
Oh, and btw, for not quite up to date (too many changes in the last week or so) list of staff...
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