Monday April 18 2011 – 10:15am Eastern – Toronto, ON

Direct quotes and paraphrasing from Bryan Colangelo … by E. Smith


“There’s a lot to digest …”

“De-railed … Some of it by injuries … Some of it by a lack of talent, generally….”

“Good things happening” with young players”

Young players are now developed (more) after having a chance to cut their teeth…”

The young guys “enjoy playing togetjher and enjoy playing in Toronto…”

Season seat renewals and new season seat purchases are both up (at this time) over what they were last year and the year before …and he doesn’t believe it’s just because of the price decrease the Raptors announced a while back

Highlighting the good young pieces: (1) DeRozan. Had an incredible year in scoring and has a very bright future. Must improve his D and 3pt shooting. (2) Davis. After a slow start he has tuned into a guy that could/should be a double-double machine going forward in his career.

Colangelo thanked and noted his scouting department and management team for the last 2 drafts and the selections of DD and Davis

BC noted Bayless’ production as well – especially as a starter – and singled out Amir Johnson too … and the fact that he lived up to the contract that many were critical of last summer (when he re-signed). Colangelo also announced that Johnson will visit some foot and ankle specialists in the U.S. very soon

James Johnson – according

The enigma of all enigmas – to many of you – is Andrea … (But) … He’s proven to be a legitimate 20-point scorer in this league.”

He “clearly” has not improved his defence and play around the rim to the extent we’d like

Reggie Evans deserves an incredible amount of credit for what he was able to accomplish

Leandro Barbosa has seen specialists for his wrist but will not require surgery. Specialists are calling it non-operative … which is good news according to BC

“Andrea is not a good help-side / weak-side defender” … Thus, he notes, getting a legit 5 (center) to play alongside him or to bring some defence and rebounding to the front court would be a thought for ‘needs’ for the draft. Colangelo noted the 3-spot could be a thought as well … though J. Johnson showed some positive signs down the stretch. Overall team defence and 3-point shooting needs to improve too.

“Until I’m told otherwise” … He’s going to do the best he can for this team. “It’s business as usual”.

“I hope I’m back. I want to be back. I’m committed to Toronto and the country of Canada”

“Until my situation is resolved, I’m sure Jay’s (Triano) will remain unresolved.”

“Clearly he did everything we asked him to do this year. He stuck to that plan” … even if his reputation or record took a hit. Colangelo gave him a ton of credit for sticking to that plan and noted that the players have a true, genuine like and respect for Triano.

“If I’m not here, he deserves consideration as as a head coach.”

RE: Bargnani: What I do know we have is a considerable asset for this organization” … he’s in a difficult spot given that he’s “mis-cast” as the 5 on this team based on the personnel.

“I don’t know that he’s ever going to be a better defender … But can he be a better rebounder? Absolutely!”

Notes that Bargs doesn’t work on his rebounding as much as / like he should.

“He’s a match-up nightmare” for opposing teams and “I guarantee you he’s a focale point” of the game plan / scouting report from opposing teams.”

RE: Bargnani and potential trades overall – “I’m not afraid to admit when something doesn’t work”

He believes he’s proven in his career that he’s not shy about making moves

He calls the idea that he won’t move Bargnani ’cause AB was a #1 pick – utter “nonsense” – and he’ll dowhatever it takes to make this team/organization better

$9.026 million left on the Bosh trade exception

Said it’s “unlikely” that will be used NOW cause it could cut into the cap flexibility going forward. But never say never

RE: the uncertainty of his job and how if affects the young core and the team overall going forward … “There’s not a lot I can say” … he says he’s told the players what he expects going forward “IF (he’s) back.”

“It’s a business. I’m okay with it. I’ve chosen this life.”

He continued … that if he’s not back, he’ll “walk out of here with his head held high.”

Looking back at his time in Toronto he admits that this team may have had too much success too early in his tenure

“I’ll take my share of the blame” for doing some things to surround Chris Bosh with more, that didn’t work.”

RE: whether he thinks he deserves a new contract or not. “On a win-loss record, no” … But being a strong person in the community and being passionate about what he does should count. There’s more to it than just W-L record. In 16 years in the business he’s over .500 and knows the business inside and out. “I would say though, continuity in this business is pretty important.”

“Can I get better? Sure.”

15 Responses to “Colangelo’s Conference”
  1. 1.

    He calls the idea that he won’t move Bargnani ’cause AB was a #1 pick – utter “nonsense” – and he’ll dowhatever it takes to make this team/organization better


    - CHRIS
  2. 2.

    Colangelo ran a playoff team into a 22 win team .

    He fired a competent coach – Sam Mitchell- and hasn’t sniffed the playoffs since.

    Because he signed mediocre vets who couldn’t win, he created his plan ” .. we’ll rebuild with youth .

    Raps had a $68 mill payroll. that produced 22 wins,and that got blown out several times .

    Look at the 4th Qt mess vs Heat’s bench , being outscored 27-10 in the last game before a sellout crowd.

    MLSE is just arrogant enough to jam Colangelo and Triano down our throats for another year.

    - Chas
  3. 3.

    MLSE needs to cr*p or get off the pot in regards to Colangelo’s contract so that Jay Triano’s situation can be clarified as well.

    It’s clear the Raps will attempt to draft a legit centre, hopefully one with some sandpaper and attitude.

    Unfortunately, several of the top rated draft eligible players are European, and they won’t dare draft a 7′ Euro again.

    - Gary
  4. 4.

    “…too much success too early”??????????

    What on earth is he talking about????

    Let me check here — uhhhh…the Raptors made the playoffs twice in Colangelo’s five year contract.

    And — yup — they lost in the first round both times.


    No clue what he is referring to…or, perhaps he’s just getting the Suns and Raptors mixed up.

    Yep…that must be it.

    - brento.
  5. 5.

    Just read where Colangelo claimed in Q&A he could have made a couple of trades that would have made Raptors playoff contenders this season but didn’t .

    I’d fire him just for that.

    Who might revive the Raptors and make the franchise respectable again?

    Charles Barkley,
    Steve Nash
    Jack Armstrong,
    Rick Pitino,
    Larry Brown,
    Brian Shaw,
    Charles Oakley,
    Jeff Van Gundy
    Mike Brown might help.

    - Chas
  6. 6.

    Dude, you DO realize that we played with a depleted bench, right? Jus’ sayin’. I love you hindsight dudes who act like they could do better than BC…lmao. So, tell’re one of those guys that forcasted Bosh’s unloyal move, Hedo’s lack of effort and JO’s “decline”, right? You’ll never get another GM that WANTS to be here, that won’t blow up the core we have and that the current players are used to and want to play for, right now. Good luck if YOU can or can share your easier route to success, homeboy.

    - Raps Fan
  7. 7.

    Raps Fan…you’re clueless. That’s clear as day. And, that BC bandwagon is getting awfully light these days…so, stretch your legs out and enjoy the ride :)

    As for your “depleted bench” — I can’t argue with you there. Bryan Colangelo built a completely depleted bench AND starting five. So, yes…that explains why they’ve accomplished nothing since the day he’s arrived.

    Now, feel free to go back to your “I LOVE BC” cave and let the Raptors fans with any sense of awareness figure out how to get this pantload out of this town.

    If you keep flipping the channel, perhaps you’ll find the Raptors playoff game somewhere…

    - brento.
  8. 8.

    And, btw Raps Fan — if you’d been around here for more than a day, you’d realize I – and many others – have been calling for BC’s firing for three years.

    No hindsight needed around here.

    He is useless. If you care about cheering for a winning team, that is…

    - brento.
  9. 9.

    Brento, youré an idiot. BC has been the best thing to happen to this organization. In his five year tenure the Raptors made the playoffs twice. I(t could have been three times if they did not tank after all star weekend last season

    - jtshoopsblog
  10. 10.

    you guys who call for the firing of bc are full of crap – who are you gonna replace him with a guy who traded vince carter for nothing – oh yeah you will bring up bosh for nothing but Bosh never told the truth if he was traded he would have said he wanted to say – BC deserves a contract contract – to whoever in charge that wants to fire him makes sure your man win the nba title in one year or maybe you just want to undermind the value of the raptors

    - no name
  11. 11.

    I think BC deserves at least 2 years plus an option to see where this core he has built will go.

    Based on what he said, he’s as frustrated with Bargs as most Raps fans are – probably why he said he would be open to making any moves that would improve the organization.

    I watched the “Presidential Summit” today and BC seemed very humble in the presence of two very successful Toronto sports minds. I liked that you could clearly see he was soaking up the atmosphere.

    People forget how “young” he is in relative terms to the rest of GMs in sports. He’s almost like a young player himself, trying to find his way and making mistakes along the way.

    I think he should stay to provide some stability for the coaches and for the youth on the Raps. He seems as though he is turning the corner and is really trying to build this team from the ground up with young, controllable talents that have high ceilings but may not have been givin a proper shot, as well as providing his latest draft picks with a solid opportunity to learn the NBA game.

    Like it or not folks – BC is here (and deserves) to stay.

    - T.J.
  12. 12.

    I do think BC will be back .

    Tannenbaum and NBA Commish Stern are backers of Colangelo.

    Also BC is doing a media blitz on TV, radio .. maybe billboards next.

    Local sports reporters seem to be afraid of him and are moderating any criticism .

    Plus probably the most powerful BB media guy, Eric Smith, wants him back and how could you get a stronger endorsement than that?

    - Chas
  13. 13.

    TJ…not sure what you mean by “young”. By no means is he young, both in terms of age and tenure.

    The 2010-11 season marked Colangelo’s 20th(!!!) year in the front office on an NBA team. And, he has now completed 16 years as a GM.

    Take a look around, TJ. With a plethora of legitimately young guys running pro sports franchises (think AA or Epstein in Boston, both of whom are in their 30s!!!), Colangelo is far from young.

    I hear what you’re saying about “stability”. But, it’s a very, very weak argument. He’s been here for five years and had no success (twice into the playoffs and out in the first round = no success), and flipped over the team roster at the beginning of every season. Having new players every season = the opposite of stability. Check out the San Antonio Spurs if you wanna see an example of stability.

    Folks are just afraid to see their team run by a new GM, that’s all. But, Colangelo’s contract is over and it’s time for change. This franchise is 100% stale and attendance is dropping like flies…

    - brento.
  14. 14.

    ahhh, thanks chas. love the sarcasm :)

    what an endorsement!

    - Eric Smith
  15. 15.

    I have little hope the Raps will do much.

    If Tannenbaum’s group gets the team, I presume he’ll keep Colangelo.

    It seems BC has tempered his comments on Triano , never critical but never saying outright that if he(BC) comes back , Jay will be back as HC .
    At least I haven’t heard him say it .

    There are so many interesting candidates available for GM and coach .

    Imagine Rick Adelman as GM or coach with his great record. He knows the NBA so well .

    - Chas
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