Yesterday the Raptors decided to remove Jay Triano as head coach of the Toronto Raptors and move him into a consultant role with the team.
Triano went through highs and lows with the Raptors, inheriting a team that lost its way under the Sam Mitchell, then had to deal with injuries and Hedo Turkoglu’s lack of desire to play with the Raptors, then the final hardship of losing Chris Bosh.
I personally feel losing Bosh handcuffed Triano as he lacked the finesse player that could facillitate his European style of basketball that he learned while coaching Canada’s National Team.
Jay is a class act and is loved by Raptors bloggers and the NBA community in general and I think he deserves a shot with a different NBA team in the future, but the Raptors just weren’t a good fit for Triano and a change needed to be made.
As for who the Raptors are going to hire Lawrence Frank is emerging as the leading candidate. Frank coached the Jason Kidd era New Jersey Nets and is currently in an assistants role with the Celtics. Frank is a defensive guy and his hire would be a huge step in the right direction for the Raptors, who are looking to improve their abysmal defensive philosophy.
I expect a coach to be named within the week, with the middle of next week being the absolute latest as the Raptors are holding their draft workouts soon.