All the local commentators are alleging that this week the decision will be finalized. Bryan Colangelo will either have his option year picked up by his new boss, Tim Lieweke, and granted an extension, or be kicked to the curb. No one’s talking about which way the wind is blowing, but I’ll take a chance and say BC’s gone.
This year’s collegiate draft will likely be a big yawn from a Raps’ fan’s perspective. The team has no picks in either the first or second rounds, and if ever there was a good year for such a situation, it’s this one. The draft crop appears to be as drab as this reporter can ever remember. BC almost certainly saw this down year coming, and dealt our first-rounder as the major portion of the Kyle Lowry trade. The second-rounder went to Phoenix as part of the Sebastian Telfair “rental”.
Now let’s consider the timing of the potential dumping of Colangelo. There’s no worse time to hand your team’s GM a golden handshake than prior to the draft. The process of determining your pick is arduous, and takes months of film analysis, scouts’ reports, in-town workouts and interviews…it’s a huge task. To toss your main man aside with 45 days to go, then ask the new guy to make his own choice, is unthinkable. However, this year it’s not. The Raps don’t need to stress over the draft, so this is as good a time as any for Lieweke to hand over the reins to someone else.
Harken back to why we don’t have any picks – it’s because BC said to himself, in effect “I’ll cheerfully give up my first-rounder for an established point guard in Lowry”, and later “Getting insurance at the point for our playoff drive [which failed, but that's moot] in the form of Telfair is certainly worth my second-rounder”. Both of those were defendable decisions, in my view. However, by stripping the team of its picks, BC also removed the biggest inhibitor to his being replaced! Wouldn’t it be ironic if the lack of draft picks, which BC engineered, is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and renders his dismissal easy for the team to undertake?
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