Reports continue to circulate to the effect that Bryan Colangelo, the Toronto Raptors’ President & General Manager, is getting tired of waiting for a decision on his future. Specifically, his new boss, Tim Leiweke, recently named as President of MLSE, is taking his own sweet time on deciding whether to pick up Colangelo’s option year. The question of the moment becomes: will BC say to himself “this guy has had more than enough time to decide whether he wants me or not – to me, that means he doesn’t – I’m outta here”? In short, will BC simply resign his job?
Leiweke hasn’t exactly given BC a ringing endorsement. Neither have the other critical decisionmakers, George Cope and Nadir Mohamed, but they will almost certainly defer to Leiweke’s judgement. After all, he’s their choice to run the show, and they can’t exactly intervene in Leiweke’s first big decision. Either he’s the boss or he’s not.
I’m doubtful that BC resigns, for several reasons. He wants vindication of his decisions; he’s made some questionable trades and drafts, but the pieces seem to be coming together, albeit at the pace of a drugged snail. He’s been through the tough times with this organization, and now wants to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Furthermore, I think BC is a loyal fellow, and wants those who have been with him in the losing years, like Maurizio Gherardini, Wayne Embry and Dwane Casey, to share in the accolades. BC hires strong people, not Yes-men; he’s the one who gave Masai Ujiri his chance, then allowed him to leave for the big job in Denver. Ujiri was just named the NBA Executive of the Year, an honour BC won in his first season helming the Raps, but hasn’t had a sniff of since.
There it is – I’m on record as saying BC won’t resign. If he’s going to go, they’ll have to toss him out. And that may well happen.
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