View Poll Results: Who do you think will be next GM of the Toronto Raptors?

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  • Phil Jackson

    2 4.55%
  • Masai Ujiri

    23 52.27%
  • Kevin Pritchard

    6 13.64%
  • Troy Weaver

    6 13.64%
  • David Morway

    1 2.27%
  • Ed Stefanski

    5 11.36%
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Thread: Masai Ujiri Hired As Raptors GM (post #780)

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    Quote Shantz wrote: View Post
    ESPN just put out an article on different possible landing spots for Phil Jackson. The Raptors came in as the most likely possibility:



    The rest of the article can be found here (Insider): http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/playo...t-phil-jackson
    Well I don't have Insider. Even if you don't want to quote the whole article, can you list the teams in order for us? It would be much appreciated.
    Last edited by white men can't jump; Wed May 1st, 2013 at 04:34 PM.

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    I would assume Sacramento Charlotte Brooklyn

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    I'm guessing that the author had a minimum number of words that they needed to fill as they decided to extend the list fairly far, but either way, here is the order as they listed it:

    1) Raptors
    2) Sacramento
    3) Charlotte
    4) Lakers
    5) Phoenix
    6) Brooklyn
    7) Washington
    8) Philadelphia
    9) Minnesota
    10) Clippers
    11) New York

    I mainly posted it not due to anything groundbreaking, but mainly as it seems momentum is gaining despite the metaphor that says Phil would never consider the Raptors.

    I particularly love reading about Jackson's true appreciation for Alex MeKechnie. For some reason that just warms my heart! I would love it if the penny-pinching the Lakers did during the lock-out (releasing MeKechnie to save a few dollars) not only leads Alex to the Raptors, but helps bring Jackson here as well.
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    Quote Shantz wrote: View Post
    I'm guessing that the author had a minimum number of words that they needed to fill as they decided to extend the list fairly far, but either way, here is the order as they listed it:

    1) Raptors
    2) Sacramento
    3) Charlotte
    4) Lakers
    5) Phoenix
    6) Brooklyn
    7) Washington
    8) Philadelphia
    9) Minnesota
    10) Clippers
    11) New York

    I mainly posted it not due to anything groundbreaking, but mainly as it seems momentum is gaining despite the metaphor that says Phil would never consider the Raptors.

    I particularly love reading about Jackson's true appreciation for Alex MeKechnie. For some reason that just warms my heart! I would love it if the penny-pinching the Lakers did during the lock-out (releasing MeKechnie to save a few dollars) not only leads Alex to the Raptors, but helps bring Jackson here as well.
    Thanks a bunch!

    Yeah, the Raptors have a lot going for them compared to these other teams, especially with evidence that ownership could be willing to spend if they think the team is going down the right path.

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    Quote white men can't jump wrote: View Post
    Thanks a bunch!

    Yeah, the Raptors have a lot going for them compared to these other teams, especially with evidence that ownership could be willing to spend if they think the team is going down the right path.
    In addition to that, I see lots of favourable factors for the Raps
    - several good young players
    - assuming 2013 1st round pick goes to OKC, they have full compliment of 1st round picks moving forward
    - lots of expiring contract $$ over the next couple seasons
    - amnesty still in play (Kleiza or Bargnani)
    - team/ownership that is real about wanting to build a conteder, with deep pockets and willingness to spend
    - passionate fan base in a sports-crazed city, with an entire country supporting Canada's team
    - ability to pick his own GM and head coach
    - of all the teams in that list, only Phoenix and the 3 California teams have better climates than Toronto (to somewhat help put that rumor to rest)

    It may be a long shot, but why not? We do need to start thinking of the Raptors as a top-tier team... the culture/outlook change needs to include the fans too. The new President of MLSE and Phil Jackson as Raptors President would certainly go a long way toward establishing the credibilty of the Raptors franchise in the eyes of American basketball media/experts/players, etc...

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    Can these kind of signings be made now or does it have to happen after the playoffs are over?

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    Quote rasieraps wrote: View Post
    Can these kind of signings be made now or does it have to happen after the playoffs are over?
    Anything but player movement can go on right now.

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    Quote ezz_bee wrote: View Post
    Before Stefanski was brought in I believe he was President of basketball ops and GM, I believe Stefanski has the GM position now?
    Nope. Ed Stefanski is the Executive VP of Basketball Operations.

    BC is the President and GM.
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    So whats plan B???

    Phil is with the Pistons as an advisor

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...ch-for-a-coach

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    Default No Phil Jackson

    He's going to be an advisor for the piston's.

    Source.

    http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/...e-coach-search

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    Just posted this in the Phil for prez thread but cooool people have to know anyway I guess Raps were never really on his "list" Show us what you got Leiweke!

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    From reading that article, I get the impression his position with the Pistons is strictly as a consultant in regards to them hiring a new coach. I'm not sure its a permanent position.
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    From reading that article, I get the impression his position with the Pistons is strictly as a consultant in regards to them hiring a new coach. I'm not sure its a permanent position.
    Ya but him doing it at all seems.... kinda committed, I dont know I mean what happens when they settle on a coach Phil doesn't just leave his investments.

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    Quote Rapstor4Life wrote: View Post
    I dont know I mean what happens when they settle on a coach Phil doesn't just leave his investments.
    What 'investments'? He'll be getting paid a handsome amount of money to consult on a hiring. There's no investment made. Not that I read anyway.

    This isn't like Flip Saunders new deal in Minnesota, where he assumes a minority Ownership role.
    Jackson is just a consultant for the Pistons.
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    June 30th is when Leiwke assumes his position right? that week Im expecting some good Rap news. I dont think anything will be happening till around Canada day.

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    The article only mentions head coach search, so that will only last a handful of weeks at most. You guys can still keep your hopes up (lol)

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    This confirms to me that Phil Jackson has essentially agreed to a position with the Raptors. It creates a smokescreen which deflects additional deals, gives Jackson a payday while keeping his name in the news and just adds to his credibility when the Pistons choose their next great coach. Clearly a mastermind move by Leiweke to muddy the waters while he and Jackson work out the final details of Phils contract with MLSE. Book it!
    Last edited by Puffer; Fri May 3rd, 2013 at 08:20 AM. Reason: spelling, gratuitous comment

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    Bloody hell.

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    Detroit? What? Why?

    Totally baffled by this development.

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    I feel Detroit asked him to be a coach, he said no (probably has other plans.. Raptors?), and they responded 'well at least help us find one?'

    He is not committed in any way shape or form. He is helping them to find a coach to suit their team. Thats it!
    I actually think the fact that he is only advising for them a good sign that he is thinking seriously about joining the Raptors.

    Taking a look at that list, the Raptors have a much more favorable situation than the top 5 likely choices.

    I am starting to get excited.
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