When a noted blogger (i.e Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo Sports!) writes an article, like this:
it deserves, at least, a comment or two from this corner.
To condemn (Dave) Feschuk & (Michael) Grange for their articles on Bryan Colangelo’s perceived slippage from “Saint” to “potential Sinner” without also reviewing the context of the current situation in Toronto is silly on your part.
Bryan Colangelo was hired as the new GM for the Raptors in Feb/2006.
Prior to that Wayne Embry was the Raptors’ interim GM (he did a good job clearing cap space for his successor, by trading Jalen Rose to the Knicks and moving Eric & Aaron Williams from their roster), after replacing the fired Rob Babcock, whose brief tenure at the helm of the team was an ill-fated disaster, i.e. Toronto missed the missed the playoffs, was forced to trade Vince Carter, wasted a #8 (Overall) draft pick on Raffael Araujo (out of the League today), and finished with a 27-55 W-L record during the 2005-2006 regular season.
Despite the team’s poor W-L record, on the eve of the 2006 Draft, there were a number of positives already in place that SHOULD have ensured a gradual and steady rise through the ranks of the Eastern Conference over the next few seasons EVEN IF Bryan Colangleo had NOT been hired as the Raptors GM (i.e. Feb/2006), including:
* Chris Bosh (C) was beginning to establish himself as the cornerstone of the franchise & perennial all-star
* Charlie Villaneuva (PF) finished 2nd in the the balloting for the ROY
* Jose Calderon (PG/Spain) had a solid 1st season as a back-up to Mike James (arriveded from Houston)
* Morris Petersen (OG) had established himself as a more-than capable starter, as Vince Carter struggled
* Joey Graham (SF) was a solid 1st Round Draft pick
* Other trade assets (like Araujo & Matt Bonner) and significant Cap Space
* 2006 No. 1 (Overall) Draft Pick, plus a relatively high 2nd Rounder
which Colangelo promptly turned into a “too-good-too-soon-without-enough-quality-depth-and-too-little-defense-and-rebounding-or-grit” middle-of-the-road team in the EC by making the following array of moves:
* Not re-signing Mike James (PG)
* Tradng Araujo (C) to Utah for Kris Humphries (PF)
* Trading Bonner (PF) to San Antonio for Rasho Nesterovic (C)
* Drafting Andrea Bargnani (No. 1 Overall, C-?/PF-?/SF-?)
* Drafting PJ Tucker (G/F, 2nd Round, out of the League today)
* Trading Charlie Villanueva (PF) to Milwaukee for TJ Ford (PG)
* Signing European pro Anthony Parker (G/F)
* Signing European pro Jorge Garbajosa (SF/PF)
* Signing Darrick Martin (PG)
* Signing Fred Jones (G/F)
* Signing Luke Jackson (F)
* Acquiring Juan Dixon (G)
– 47-35 (W-L)
– Made the Playoffs (#3) & LOST to the NJ Nets (#6) in the 1st Round
– Sam Mitchell wins the COY
* Signing Jason Kapono (G/F, Miami)
* Trading for Carlos Delfino (G/F, Detroit)
* Signing Jamario Moon (F, Free Agent)
* Signing Maceo Baston (PF, Free Agent)
* Trading Dixon for Primos Brezec (C)
– 41-41 (W-L)
– Made the Playoffs (#6) & LOST to the Orlando Magic in the 1st Round
* Trading Ford + Nesterovic + 1st Round Draft Pick (#17, 2008/Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown) + Baston for Jermaine O’Neal (PF/C, Indiana) + 2nd Round Draft Pick (#41, 2008/Nathan Jawai, C Australia)
* Signing Roko Ukic (PG, European)
Now your readers can judge for themselves whether or not what Grange & Feschuk wrote about the current state of the Raptors (and, IMO, their AVERAGE performing GM) is accurate or not.
(which is what was submitted by yours truly a few minutes ago)