Another big lead against good opposition. Another fourth quarter collapse. Another heart-breaking ‘shoulda woulda coulda’ loss. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Toronto Raptors are currently stuck in their own remake of ‘Groundhog Day’ and it isn’t even close to being as funny as the original. To be fair, even signing Bill Murray to boost morale wouldn’t help at this point. I think it’s safe to say the Raptors will not be making the playoffs this year. How’s that for an outlandish prediction? With that being the case, perhaps the biggest question remaining is if Bryan Colangelo will survive once the season finishes?
I suppose it’s only fair to admit at this point that I have been in Colangelo’s corner throughout his time as Raptors GM. Maybe I was mesmerised by his shiny shoes and the amount of starch he puts in his shirt collar, but I honestly believe he’s been unlucky during his tenure in Toronto.
We live in an age where everybody is an expert after the fact, spouting such gems as ‘I told you they shouldn’t have made that move’ and ‘what were they thinking?’ Sage pieces of advice like this are commonplace for people with that amazing gift of hindsight.
Now obviously we don’t have the time or space to discuss every single move ever made, but, for example, what about Hedo Turkoglu? While people criticised Colangelo after the signing went wrong, everyone raved about it at the time, applauding the move to add a key component of a Orlando Magic team that made the NBA Finals.
Likewise, whereas the decision to bring in Jermaine O’Neal ultimately proved to be a disaster, beforehand media and fans alike supported the risky acquisition and concentrated on the potential upside of combining him with Chris Bosh.
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Actually, talking of Bosh, this is the one major mistake Colangelo did make, believing he was a franchise player. The moves made to bring in the appropriate supporting cast for Bosh would have likely worked if he had been a true number one option.
In any event, that’s all in the past and all we can do now is concentrate on the present. Call me crazy, but I genuinely believe if the season was to start today, Colangelo has a coach and squad in place that would have an excellent chance of making the playoffs.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with the 2012/13 campaign past the halfway point. As such, it’s up to the current roster to play hard and win as many games as possible, because the chances of the former Phoenix Suns GM returning are disappearing faster than a Raptors fourth-quarter lead.
Paul Taylor is the main writer for Blue Toro, which takes a light-hearted look at the Toronto sports scene (when possible). His blogs can be found most days (i.e. when he can be bothered) at www.bluetoro.ca and you can also follow him on Twitter @bluetoro_ca
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