Bryan Colangelo steps aside

Yesterday, Bryan Colangelo, the President of the Toronto Raptors, resigned his position in order to become a consultant with the club. In other news, water in a liquid form has definitively been proven to be wet.

Tim Leiweke constructed as rickety an executive structure as I’ve ever seen when he rearranged the Raptors’ front office. Kicking someone upstairs, rather than out (as Leiweke did when he named Colangelo President, but without actual basketball authority, all of which is in the hands of Masai Ujiri), works approximately 0.00% of the time it is tried. As a face-saving gesture, it’s a flop, and must be dreadfully awkward for those involved. A few weeks of this foolishness was more than enough for Colangelo, and I strongly suspect he won’t remain as consultant for long either. My guess? BC is packing up his house and family as I write.

I think it’s too soon to determine his legacy as Raps’ GM. We’ll need to circle back to this topic towards the end of the upcoming season.

What are your thoughts, Rapture Nation? Are you sad to see BC gone, or is it “Good Riddance” in your view? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: Bryan Colangelo Masai Ujiri Tim Leiweke Toronto Raptors

  • the511

    Thing is, most Raptors fans, even those who have openly campaigned to see Colangelo turfed over these last few years, know that he worked hard and as mixed as his results might’ve been – and yes, *that* might even be a generous assessment from some perspectives – it’s not like he didn’t *want* to succeed and see the team move to more competitive levels. There’s little question about that, at least as far as I’m concerned.

    Personally, I had been giving him more of the benefit of the doubt than not, up until just before this past season. Giving away the draft pick for Kyle Lowry was one thing; I could’ve been persuaded either way on that one … but it sort of underscored how casual Colangelo seemed to so often be with our future, the way he just gave away our draft picks like they weren’t as possibly valuable as they are or can be. I started to get the feeling he was in too much of a hurry and that he was gambling somewhat recklessly with our future for HIS immediate gratification. (If that makes sense.)

    Then, there was the horribly mishandled (and misguided as seems ultra-clear in retrospect) attempt to land Steve Nash, which tied up a ridiculous amount of money on a very mediocre talent. And that gamble blew up, real bad.

    Then, the straw that broke the camel’s back for me … he traded Ed (who together with Amir was growing into something special, I believed rightly or wrongly), a piece of our future that we had been meticulously grooming, for a very talented, but way overpaid and (some-would-say) shot-happy (low%) Rudy Gay. Which, to my eyes, after all was said and done, was leaving the cupboard so bare, it was near criminal. It was almost like he was making sure that anyone who might take over would have so little to work with, why would anyone even want to?

    Which might sound a bit overboard, I know. But … when we look at the draft last night that the Raptors did not participate in, in any way (as yet, that I know of), even though Masai made it clear that he very much wanted to … I think that in itself might say something about what the rest of the league thinks about what we have to offer in a possible trade. I’d like to be wrong there but … most of us are thinking some of the same things on that, aren’t we? Whatever it all means, it can’t be good, that I can see.

    So, I wish Bryan Colangelo well in whatever future endeavors that he’s involved in. He seems a gentleman who I’d enjoy yapping hoops with at a party or some such … but as far as him running the Raptors … I am quite alright that he no longer is and that he’s gone gone gone.

    Good luck to Masai. And to all of us, Raptors fans.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi the511: First of all, my apologies for this late response to your thoughtful comment.
      While I enjoy crossing swords with commenters, there’s little I disagree with in what you’ve written. I certainly concur about the Ed Davis trade. Colangelo couldn’t contain his bromance with Rudy Gay, and was determined to deal Jose Calderon before his contract expired. Maybe making the playoffs with Jose and Ed still on the team was a pipe dream, but I would have enjoyed the ride.
      The Steve Nash thing was a dreadful mess. Perhaps Landry Fields can rediscover his game; if not, it’s another crappy contract (cf: Linas Kleiza) to be gotten rid of.
      I was (and am) OK with the Kyle Lowry deal. If ever there was a draft year to sit on the sidelines, it was the one just passed.
      Thanks for commenting.