I've been a big Fan of Colangelo for as long as he's been around. I've really wanted him to do well. But I've been a bigger fan of the Raptors for a lot longer than his term. Its become apparent that if Colangelo is let go than we need a top top tier GM who Knows how to build a team the RIGHT WAY. Rather than just saying that he need to be fired here's a List of potential GM's who after this year are realistically either Avaliable or Semi-Avaliable for the Head job in T.O
1) Joe Dumars - Current president of opperations of Detroit Pistons
I Have to Admit I'm biased here since I've been a Joe D fan since the Bad Boy days (And i wasn't even alive then ). But What Dumars offers is a wealth of experience both from a managerial and player position that hasn't been seen in toronto. He's won championships as a member of the Pistons and as an Exec for the team. He trades well (most of the time DAMN YOU AI) and has a decent sence for the draft (GOOD: Prince, Jerebko, Monroe, BAD: Darko). Most importantly his Detroit Experinece makes him a Defensive oriented person, both in his playing days and his 6 year run where the Pistons were the Best Defensive team in the league. One problem is that Joe D is very loyal to the city of Detroit and the Pistons Organization. It would be hard to convince him to leave especially since he has one year left on his contract. But with the status of the Pistons (Headach), the ownership Debacle happenning here in the motor city where the owner is in flux and the GM hand's are tied untill the team is sold, and the Uncertanty of the new CBA + the raptors favorable Cap and payroll for the future, I could See him comming here if we tried really Reaaaaaaly hard.
2) Danny Ferry - Current Vice President of Basketball Operations SPURS -
Danny as you know was the architect of the former Juggernaut Cavaliers. Danny works for the Spurs and would most likely win a championship there in his career. He's a former spur and won a title with them in 03, so loyalty to San antonio may be an issue. However he's the VP of the team and not the president, and being behind R. C. Buford (since 02) it's not likely that he takes over the head job any time soon. TO Can offer him the head job position and full reign, which is something the spurs can't. One thing I like is that he's a very tough GM and doesn't deal with Ownership BS. When Dan Gilbert fired Mike Brown in order to help Court LBJ back to Cleveland Ferry Quit on the spot because of an overintursive ownership. (Won't See that Here Danny). Ferry got cleveland out of the bottom and into the top of the league in 5 years. While having a Lebron James takes away from his credibility, I for one believe very strongly in Ferry if we had him moving forward.
Plus He's a Dukie, Can't go wrong there (just won't see many UNC picks in the future. Sorry Ed)
3) Mark Warkentien - Former Denver Nuggets GM, now consultant for the NY Knicks-
THe man responsible for the Melo-Drama. He has lots of history and lots of experience building a team that actually contends. He would be the easiest to get because GM trumps consultant any Day regardless of the team.
Anyone else you think. Tell me if you think I'm wrong.