I’ve been telling people for an awful long time that in the eons I’ve been around this basketball team that it’s almost always been a better story than a team. And here we go again. We all knew what was going to happen yesterday, the story had been out and reported for about 24 hours but, still, it was an odd, odd day. Kind of in keeping with the way the Raptors have operated consistently for years, a group that’s far more entertaining to talk about most seasons than to watch. The president stays but doesn’t have total basketball control, there is no general manager and no one’s quite sure who’s coming, the coach is basically in limbo, the rest of the front office is trying to do basic summer tasks not knowing if they’ll be employed in a month and the assistant coaches should probably be polishing resumes because there’s no guarantee any of them will be back. And fans? Fans are, I presume, alternating between scratching their heads and throwing their arms up in despair as the off-season unfolds. I’m seeing about a 70-30 split between “what the hell are they doing” to “this had to be done” and that’s not surprising either. Can it work? Who knows? It’s so unique that it just might. I honestly cannot think of a similar situation anywhere in sports — I presume there is one but my mind can’t recall it — and maybe because it’s so off-the-wall odd it might work. Maybe the new GM — and Masai Ujiri remains far and away the No. 1 choice but that’s not nearly a done deal yet — can operate with total autonomy and not feel at all threatened.
Raptors are a better story than a team as Bryan Colangelo move shows
Toronto Star | May 25