Quotes from Eric Koreen at the National Post in his Raptors preview: Colangelo learning the virtue of patience:
On "mining draft gold and spending judiciously":
“But it is agonizing, I have to say,” Colangelo said Thursday. “It’s incredibly hard. It’s difficult. Part of me wants to go on a four-month scouting trip. But I can’t. I’m here. I’ll keep a stiff upper lip.”
On drafting Jonas Valanciunas:
“Clearly there were players on the board that would have yielded instant gratification, or more potential instant gratification,” Colangelo said. “But this is about a long-term pick, and it clearly is the right long-term pick.”
On the positional problems currently faced at power forward:
“It’s a stacking principle,” Colangelo said. “You want to have guys that are there at various positions, and even if there is [positional] duplication, you can decide which one fits best and move on and possibly move a piece and convert that into something else.”
On professional development:
“More or less every team that I’ve been associated with has not had an issue scoring,” Colangelo said. “They’ve often been criticized for not being able to stop people. But in this business you evolve. The hiring of Dwane Casey is a clear sign that I understand fully that it’s not just done with offence. I do believe that defence can be taught. Getting personnel to play defence is part of that, current personnel and future personnel.”
On his 2 year contract with a team option for a third:
“You hope that we show enough signs of progress and development that people see the … vision,” Colangelo said of this season’s team. “You hope that the fans and the media are patient with the process. I think there’s an acceptance that this is the right path. You hope people are along for the ride. We see a very exciting future, and it’s just a matter of biding our time.”
Eric Koreen wrote the article and it is worth the click. He ends with a very appropriate comment in my opinion:
Once upon a time, Colangelo bet on the evolution of the game. Now he is betting on three traditional building blocks of basketball success: a defensive emphasis, the regenerative powers of the draft and the positive effect of time on youth.
Colangelo has earned the skepticism from many Raptor fans. He has made numerous attempts to swing for the fences only to strike out or hit long pop outs. However at this point in time, given his obvious shift in philosophy, he deserves the chance to see what his vision will bring. He has recently done just about everything Raptor fans have been begging him to do in recent years with one notable exception, trade you-know-who. There is no doubt I am a Colangelo fan but there is also no doubt this team is on the fast track to greater success than the franchise has ever known.