Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo believes his team still has the horses to compete in the NBA on a nightly basis.
Speaking with Eric Smith and Paul Jones on Sportsnet 590 The Fan prior to Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Colangelo said some of his team’s losses were “mindnumbing” but that a trade wasn’t the answer.
“There’s not a magical fix,” Colangelo said. “For those that anticipate that, maybe, there’s a magic trade to make, (it’s) probably not the case and I’ll say that because I don’t believe at this stage it’s a talent issue.
“I believe it’s the way we’re coming together as a group. We’re a young team, we’re still finding our way, but I think right now more than anything it’s a lack of attention to detail, lack of focus, lack of execution that’s caused us to be in this situation.
“If you look back at the number of games that slipped through our fingers and the ways that those games slipped through our fingers, it’s mind-numbing, to be honest with you.”
Colangelo said that his team needs to get the ship righted sooner rather than later.
“It’s going to turn,” he explained. “The question is: How deep are we going to be in that hole before it does turn?”
Colangelo was in Los Angeles on a scouting trip. He said he met with coach Dwane Casey and some of the players to discuss the team’s issues and see if they could provide further isnight on problems, a normal occurrence throughout any NBA season.
“What I wanted to do (Saturday) was just sit down with the coach and a couple of the heavier rotation guys to make sure that we were all thinking the same things, to make sure we are on the same page,” Colangelo explained. “But it was really also a chance to extract some information from those individuals so that we can use some of that information to solve some of the things that are going wrong with our performance right now.”
Colangelo believes that the blame for his team’s poor start should be shared with everyone involved.
“It’s not on one person right now,” he said. “It’s not on the players, it’s not on the coaches; it’s on everyone in the organization, including myself, right now.”