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    Bryan Colangelo: Well obviously we're very disappointed and the performance has been unacceptable. I think yesterday, just talking to some media members; we wanted to make sure people knew where our thoughts were. I do not believe that it's a talent issue right now; I do believe that it's about a team coming together. We're very young, we've had some injury issues, we've got the schedule, but we're not making excuses, we know there are some things that are broken and need to be fixed right now, but again, it's a lack of focus and a lack of attention to detail, I think more than anything right now.

    Question: Defensively, what's been the issue right now?

    Bryan Colangelo: There's been some slippage, clearly. One of the things you've got to point to obviously is you've got a 20-year-old starting centre that's come in and he's learning the nuances of what we're doing from a system standpoint, but also learning the game at the same time. It's been difficult to integrate some new faces, but there has been, again, a lack of focus with respect to the defensive progress that we made last year.

    Question: DeMar DeRozan, he mentioned that the team meeting was good, he was very positive about that…talked about defence.

    Bryan Colangelo: There's no doubt that the defence is what created a lot of our forward progress last year and it will create opportunities for us to get out and run offensively which is something we needed to do. But we're not moving the ball that much on offence; we're not running as much as we should. We do at times, and we look good and we score easy baskets. Unfortunately again, staying in that system, sometimes when a team scores against you, you drop your shoulders and you stop your forward progress. There's a lot of things that we need to be working on but it does begin with defence. But we've really got to improve on both sides of the ball right now.

    Question: Andrea Bargnani, how does he get his consistency back?

    Bryan Colangelo: It was an immediate connection with coach Casey last year, it looked like he was putting up all-star numbers obviously for the first 15-18 games. He has not gotten back to that level. It looked that way early in preseason that he was coming back ready to become and perform at that level. But unfortunately we have not seen that consistency. I do think though it's related to some of what's happening with the rest of the team right now. I don't think anyone is performing at all levels. Kyle started out great this year, got hurt, has now had to play himself back into condition. DeMar has shaken off the early pressures of the contract signing and he's been more or less very good, but there's been some days where he's been off. We've had flighty performances from almost everybody. Again, it's about finding consistency, finding the focus, getting back that attention to detail.

    Question: Trade rumors swirling all around. You hear names, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon with respect to trade rumors--

    Bryan Colangelo: That's a moving screen.

    Bryan Colangelo: You know when a team struggles like we have people start to focus on teams as potentially opportunistic and I would say to you that we're not sitting back either. We were talking to a lot of teams, what we always do, and it's a means of pursing avenues to improve your basketball team so if a deal comes along that makes sense, that is right and fits within the plan of this building process that we've been going through, we'll certainly take a look at it. If it can accelerate that process and if it fits then we'll look to address something. But nothing specific about any player right now. There's been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors. Again, we're continuing to look at opportunities.

    Question: What would you say your arena of greatest need would be right now?

    Bryan Colangelo: Focus. Again, I'm not going to say it's a talent issue. I will argue that point right now. I think that we've made strides in this building process. We've brought some good pieces in. I think if there is a point of weakness, it's youth and inexperience right now and those are two things that are probably a big part of us losing the close games, not knowing how to finish those games. It was mind-numbing to be honest with you, how early in the season a couple of these games slipped through our fingers. And you get one or two of those back, we're not talking about this as much right now, but having said that, that inexperience is probably the issue.

    Question: Two really talented youngsters on your team in Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, they both have a chance to be really nice players. Talk about how blending them in and at the same time getting them experience every night…

    Bryan Colangelo: Once again, we've been going through this process, we've been trying to make good long-term strategic decisions. I will fault the coaching staff for one thing: We probably won too many games last year in terms of part of this process. It's not that we were trying to lose, we were trying to establish a culture and that was a success. But at the same time, the draft process probably played itself out differently. We love Terrence Ross, we think he's a great talent and a number of the people I've talked to around the league think he's a great talent to have. But he hasn't had a lot of playing time early. I would have hoped he played more in the preseason to get more of that acclimation time in if you will. But that's happening now, he's been the recipient of some extra minutes because of some injuries. That's a good thing that will help us in the long run. Jonas is only 20 years old and really represents the future of this basketball team. I couldn't be more thrilled with that decision, now almost a year and a half ago.

    Question: What has been the key for Ed Davis taking the next step?

    Bryan Colangelo: You know, we talked a lot about him getting off to a slow start because he didn't have the kind of development early that he needed early due to an injury and then also due to the lockout, but he had a great summer. And I think that summer of work, that body of work is helping him right now. But it really with him comes down to a focus on his effort level night in and night out. When he brings it and he's active he's very effective, but there's other times where he tends to float from the game. And that's something that happens with young players. He's only 23-years-old, he's part of that young core we always talk about, but he's got a great nose for the ball, he's got good instincts. And again once he applies himself on a nightly basis with that effort, he's going to be a very solid player in this league.

    Question: What are some of the things that will lead to focus/defence improvement?

    Bryan Colangelo: It's a shame that we missed so many opportunities early, but those were psychological blows to a young team and it takes time to recover from that. Again, building experience and building momentum in this league are things that happen rather quickly. We had a team in Phoenix that started 0-13. We did make a trade mid-season for Jason Kidd but he [Kidd] got hurt quickly, missed about two to three more weeks and at the end of the day we end up winning 40 games to go 40-42 overall and make the playoffs. I'm not saying that's going to happen here, but momentum is a funny thing in this business and I do think that we need to work on some of the things, again I think we've got a lot of young players, I think we've got a team that likes each other, but right now they're not playing harmoniously. They're not playing like they like each other and I think that's the thing that right now is holding us back.

    Question: Utah serve as an opportunity to get this thing turned around?

    Bryan Colangelo: Sometimes it is a game that changes things. Sometimes it's an injury. I actually thought that the Mickael Pietrus piece being added was an opportunity to shake up the locker room a little bit and he's going to help us. Unfortunately he's not playing today because of an injury. I thought again, that could be the kind of thing that implements change. But you can't script this stuff. You got to play.

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    Bryan Colangelo: Once again, we've been going through this process, we've been trying to make good long-term strategic decisions. I will fault the coaching staff for one thing: We probably won too many games last year in terms of part of this process. It's not that we were trying to lose, we were trying to establish a culture and that was a success. But at the same time, the draft process probably played itself out differently. We love Terrence Ross, we think he's a great talent and a number of the people I've talked to around the league think he's a great talent to have. But he hasn't had a lot of playing time early. I would have hoped he played more in the preseason to get more of that acclimation time in if you will. But that's happening now, he's been the recipient of some extra minutes because of some injuries. That's a good thing that will help us in the long run. Jonas is only 20 years old and really represents the future of this basketball team. I couldn't be more thrilled with that decision, now almost a year and a half ago.
    It's great to hear it from someone that actually matters

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    I'm going to translate this into less abstract bullshit:

    Why aren't you winning games? Focus. How do you get that focus back? Momentum. How do you build Momentum? Win games.

    Team meeting they talked about defense? Sure they did. How to use defense to create offense. Offense, offense, offense. Sure defense is important, but offense offense offense.

    How does Andrea get better? Fuck off.

    What about those trade rumours? They aren't offering me anything near what I expect.

    Tell us about the youngsters? Well Jonas is responsible for the teams poor defense. But he's awesome!! Someone else told me Ross was a great pick. We won too many games last year though he wasn't supposed to be our pick.

    Why's Ed played so well? He hasn't, thats Andrea's position.

    Will the Utah game turn things around? Well when you hit rock bottom that fast you get a good bounce. Now there is no where to go but up.

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    Shorter transcript: I'm not making excuses. Proceeds to list every excuse in the book.

    I think it's awesome that he calls out his rooks and Ed Davis then blames everyone else for Bargs' struggles. Don't think he did himself any favors here.

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    Quote Craiger wrote: View Post
    I'm going to translate this into less abstract bullshit:

    Why aren't you winning games? Focus. How do you get that focus back? Momentum. How do you build Momentum? Win games.

    Team meeting they talked about defense? Sure they did. How to use defense to create offense. Offense, offense, offense. Sure defense is important, but offense offense offense.

    How does Andrea get better? Fuck off.

    What about those trade rumours? They aren't offering me anything near what I expect.

    Tell us about the youngsters? Well Jonas is responsible for the teams poor defense. But he's awesome!! Someone else told me Ross was a great pick. We won too many games last year though he wasn't supposed to be our pick.

    Why's Ed played so well? He hasn't, thats Andrea's position.

    Will the Utah game turn things around? Well when you hit rock bottom that fast you get a good bounce. Now there is no where to go but up.
    I love this comment +100

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    Quote Craiger wrote: View Post
    I'm going to translate this into less abstract bullshit:

    Why aren't you winning games? Focus. How do you get that focus back? Momentum. How do you build Momentum? Win games.

    Team meeting they talked about defense? Sure they did. How to use defense to create offense. Offense, offense, offense. Sure defense is important, but offense offense offense.

    How does Andrea get better? Fuck off.

    What about those trade rumours? They aren't offering me anything near what I expect.

    Tell us about the youngsters? Well Jonas is responsible for the teams poor defense. But he's awesome!! Someone else told me Ross was a great pick. We won too many games last year though he wasn't supposed to be our pick.

    Why's Ed played so well? He hasn't, thats Andrea's position.

    Will the Utah game turn things around? Well when you hit rock bottom that fast you get a good bounce. Now there is no where to go but up.
    Nail, meet head.

    Honestly, Colangelo has been so full of shit for so long and so consistently that now when he spews his shit, it doesn't even register anymore.

    The simple fact, backed by evidence, is that he does not have a clue of how to build a balanced team that can compete consistently. He's basically playing fantasy basketball and hoping some of the shit that he's throwing sticks.

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    Quote Craiger wrote: View Post
    I'm going to translate this into less abstract bullshit:

    Why aren't you winning games? Focus. How do you get that focus back? Momentum. How do you build Momentum? Win games.

    Team meeting they talked about defense? Sure they did. How to use defense to create offense. Offense, offense, offense. Sure defense is important, but offense offense offense.

    How does Andrea get better? Fuck off.

    What about those trade rumours? They aren't offering me anything near what I expect.

    Tell us about the youngsters? Well Jonas is responsible for the teams poor defense. But he's awesome!! Someone else told me Ross was a great pick. We won too many games last year though he wasn't supposed to be our pick.

    Why's Ed played so well? He hasn't, thats Andrea's position.

    Will the Utah game turn things around? Well when you hit rock bottom that fast you get a good bounce. Now there is no where to go but up.
    Awesome.

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    So the team is still young, eh?

    The following stat shows that the Raptors have the 15th youngest team (yes, 14 other teams are younger than the Raptors):
    http://en.hispanosnba.com/teams/comparison

    With teams like Houston, Denver, OKC, Memphis and Indiana all younger then them.

    Or how about experience then?

    The Raptors have the 11th least amount of experience. Again teams like Houston, Denver, OKC and Indiana have less experience but are all aiming for the playoffs. OKC is even contending for the title.

    No, it's not a talent issue. No, he's not making any excuses.

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    I wish he would stop bringing up Phoenix. He's living in the past and all he can talk about are what were his glory days.

    I can live with getting blown out by 20 points a game if I new we had a pick in this draft. Tanking is what we should have done last season and ended up with someone whom could have filled a position of need. But losing game after game with no pick to look forward to is simply a wasted season.

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    I'd summarize this interview with one line:

    The team built itself around Bargnani. Problem: Bargnani is not that good.

    This interview reeks of a guy doing damage control and throwing people under the bus. This tells me that Colangelo is feeling the heat and he's either trying to spin this for his boss or for his next boss.

    1) The statement that Casey won too many games last season -- obviously we won more games than he expected, but Casey did this with (a) no first round pick: JV still in Europe; and (b) no Bargnani, who was injured most of the year. He did this through drilling competent but limited pros who ran very good sets and worked hard on defense.

    2) This team lacks talent -- of course it does. Casey, at this point, is unassailable. He's proven he can coach. Of course he defends the talent level; he's responsible for the level of talent on this team. He's in full control of the personnel.

    3) The deal for Lowry made no sense because you still had Calderon who you still have not traded even now. Colangelo gave up too much for Lowry and now it's down to ping pong balls. 4 wins so far, we might have 10 by February. Weak draft? Sure, but next year's pick is going to be crucial now, for Colangelo and whoever succeeds him. How else will this team improve? There is no other conceivable way to build this team.. if there was, we should have done it already.

    If the goal was to contend right away (hence trading away your first round pick), then Jose should have been moved immediately and JV should not be starting. How do you succeed while starting a rookie C? This is very hard to do unless your C is absolutely dominant. JV is at least 2-3 years away.

    4) Even talking about Ed Davis is a waste of time. If Bargnani is locked up long term (he is) and Jonas is your future (as BC says he is), then you're talking about a back-up PF. There's no point in grooming a backup PF. It's one of the easiest positions to staff in the league. You could trade Ed Davis right now for nothing and it would have no affect on the team. Why are you even talking about his development when he's clearly not part of your long-term plan (unless you plan to hurl an Amir-sized contract at a guy who has no sensible role on your team?)
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    Quote Arsenalist wrote: View Post
    Nail, meet head.

    Honestly, Colangelo has been so full of shit for so long and so consistently that now when he spews his shit, it doesn't even register anymore.

    The simple fact, backed by evidence, is that he does not have a clue of how to build a balanced team that can compete consistently. He's basically playing fantasy basketball and hoping some of the shit that he's throwing sticks.
    +1

    I am not going to say I was a big supporter of BC, but at the same time up until yesterday I truly believed that he understood the mistakes he made in his first couple of years by signing casey. I thought we increased the talent level this year big time.

    But in listening to that interview yesterday I heard a guy who is detached from reality. I agree that we should be better, but this guy just simply does not understand the level of talent that we have. At the end of the day, ever since he took over we've had just a bunch of good, nice guys on our team, and he cannot tell the difference between that, and the teams he had in Pheonix...it's all the same to him

    Trading AB would send a message that he has grown as a GM. Until he does, everything he says is Bull SH*t

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    I wish he would stop bringing up Phoenix. He's living in the past and all he can talk about are what were his glory days.

    I can live with getting blown out by 20 points a game if I new we had a pick in this draft. Tanking is what we should have done last season and ended up with someone whom could have filled a position of need. But losing game after game with no pick to look forward to is simply a wasted season.
    the only thing that depresses me more than this thought is the fact that we have little to no chance of keeping Lowry at the end of next year

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    I wish he would stop bringing up Phoenix. He's living in the past and all he can talk about are what were his glory days.

    I can live with getting blown out by 20 points a game if I new we had a pick in this draft. Tanking is what we should have done last season and ended up with someone whom could have filled a position of need. But losing game after game with no pick to look forward to is simply a wasted season.
    Yep. Last year was a wasted year, too. They failed to develop any young players and, apparently, ended up with a rookie they didn't really want. Now, this year is another waste with no compensation.

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    You have to know that every other GM in the league saw this interview (probably through one of those big LOLcat chain email, because that's how ridiculous he sounded), and that they each made a mental note to take advantage of what can only be an increasingly desperate vulnerability in the near future.

    Not good.

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    Quote Copywryter wrote: View Post
    You have to know that every other GM in the league saw this interview (probably through one of those big LOLcat chain email, because that's how ridiculous he sounded), and that they each made a mental note to take advantage of what can only be an increasingly desperate vulnerability in the near future.

    Not good.
    This. BTW, what happened to Colangelo fleecing other GMs? I remember that was purported to be his 'thing' when he came over. Snake oil salesman, this guy.

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    Quote Copywryter wrote: View Post
    You have to know that every other GM in the league saw this interview (probably through one of those big LOLcat chain email, because that's how ridiculous he sounded), and that they each made a mental note to take advantage of what can only be an increasingly desperate vulnerability in the near future.

    Not good.
    If the Raptors had any players anybody wanted this might matter.

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    Default No analysis here. Just a little fun.

    Sad thread to read, but full of truth.

    I can't offer any better analysis than has already been given, but I can say that using this fun website I have discovered that you can make the following phrases using the letters in "Bryan Colangelo":

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    Hi, I'm Bryan Colangelo, welcome to Jackass!


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    Quote BallaBalla wrote: View Post
    the only thing that depresses me more than this thought is the fact that we have little to no chance of keeping Lowry at the end of next year
    By the look of his body language I would be surprised if he doesn't demand a trade mid way through this season. Either that or become a bad presence in the locker room.

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    Great article on BC in Toronto Life of all places.

    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/inf...ngelo-raptors/

    One of the interesting bits of the article:

    The Raptors finished the 2010–2011 season with a dismal 22-60 record. In April 2011, the website Basketball Prospectus, a go-to for stats junkies, ranked the Raptors dead last in payroll efficiency, which measures a team’s wins per salary dollar spent. No GM in the NBA was getting less bang for his buck than Colangelo.

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