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GM Colangelo calls Raptors play “unacceptable,” “embarrassing”

Dec 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto Reuters

Last season the Toronto Raptors weren’t very good, but they had a pretty good defense (12th in the NBA) that kept games close. So it stood to reason that if you added Kyle Lowry’s offense, the much anticipated Lithuanian big Jonas Valanciunas and rookie Tereence Ross, this team would take another step forward.

Nope. The Raptors are 4-16. They have a bottom 10 offense still and their defense is a mess, 28th in the NBA. Toronto is giving spot-up shooters good looks and not closing out, and they are the second worst team in the NBA at defending guys in the post (via Synergy Sports).

GM Bryan Colangelo has caught up with the team and is doing interviews to try and find out why. He might start by looking in the mirror and discussing with that guy roster construction and what kind of team he is trying to build. Colangelo also talking to players and coaches to try and figure it out.

But he’s not happy, he told Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

“This situation is, from all standards, unacceptable,” the team’s president and general manager said. “It’s disappointing, it’s embarrassing but this is where we find ourselves….

“There’s been a lot of dialogue, a lot of discussion,” he said. “It’s constant evaluation of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it and why we’re doing it.”

The team and coaches held a closed-door 25-minute meeting after getting thumped by the Jazz this week, too.

Colangelo has no guaranteed money on his deal past this season and having been on Toronto radio the past week a couple times I can say he is a target of the fans. With reason, again what plan do you see in how the team is constructed? And now, what are you going to do with the enigmatic Andrea Bargnani, who has two years and $22 million left on his contract AFTER this season. He’s not going to be easy to move.

In the long term, the Raptors may be better off with another lottery pick to build around, even in what is seen as a down draft this year. But the Raptors problems are deeper than that and coach Dwane Casey and Colangelo need to figure out what the path is for this team and get them back on it. And get them to defend, too.

  1. jmclarkent - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I hope that he is looking in the mirror. They have squandered a lot of their picks on inferior talent. Two quick moves that I would have avoided:

    – Hibbert Trade
    – Re-signing DeRozan for that sum.

  2. rossco404 - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    raptors don’t have their draft pick this year either, unless its top 3.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      That’s right. Not that you want a top three this year.

  3. waqoyi - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Colangelo is the problem!

    my Hockey lovers of Canada, allow me to go through the list… in NBA this is can get you Fired in just One.

    1; 2005 and drafted Andrea first overall Pick… guess who’s was available? LeMarcus Aldridge who’s is heading his third AllStar appearance.

    2; drafting Roy Hibbert and trading him away.

    3; Hiring of HC Dwayne Casey was not right right Coach… Ask Minnesota, he got axe for the first season.

    3; resigning of Derozen to a Long Term.

    Brian Colangelo is not a proven GM, his dad was Good back in Pheonix Days… But he fail to deliver a Championship, by comparing the Current Raptors roster to the Inaugural 1995 who beat Micheal Jordan? I woulda choose that Team. Best GM the Team ever had was Glen Grunwald

  4. falcons999 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I stopped watching after 10 games when it became apparent that there was no hope. Bad draft after bad draft and a bad trade for Lowry. Colangelo has no clue what he is doing. #FireColangelo on Twitter.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Hes the problem.

  6. tiennguyen645 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    They need to play second haft better

  7. ron05342 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM


  8. charlutes - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    The buy absolutely did this to himself. Bargnani was a garbage player from day 1, another wasted first overall pick. Lowry’s great but this guy has no foresight. should have traded Calderon and bargnani a long time ago.

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