I don’t believe I’ve ever witnessed anything like the zombie state of the Toronto Raptors. The team currently has a President, but no General Manager. It has no picks in next month’s NCAA draft. Maybe they should padlock the office and put up a Gone fishin’ sign. Bryan Colangelo, the emasculated occupant of the President’s suite, is no doubt spending considerable time on such worthy projects as developing the team’s new practice facility, and making sure the fine folks at Canada Basketball haven’t lost his phone number. [cynical foghorn voice from audience: "No he isn't doing those things - he's updating his resume!" me: "probably"]
While there may be a dearth of activity at the Air Canada Centre, we can be sure of one thing: there is no shortage of executives with fancy titles and corresponding fat paycheques. Everyone from Ed Stefanski (Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations) to Marc Eversley (Vice President, College Scouting – at least he’ll have a quiet Draft Night) is still gainfully employed, and completely powerless. Tim Leiweke, the incoming President of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment [MLSE], has created an elaborate masquerade of a front office.
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