The morning links, in like a Lion (More Detroit than Nittany):
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|For their next move (hopefully), Peddie fades out of the picture.|
Two things about this: Colangelo over and over referred to the Raptors as a well-respected franchise, a model -- that was your finely-honed message track yesterday, and given the barracking the Raps have received over the past couple years and the decline in the ACC house, hardly surprising. He was rock steady throughout and quite successful, and the media response was in step, amounting to a virtual standing O.
As to the puzzling timing of the firing of Boy GM in January, yesterday provided the answer: the ensuing "search" Richard Peddie talked about then had only one focus. As Colangelo said himself yesterday, looking around and saying "I hope I'm not speaking out of turn here", Colangelo was contacted 19 months ago during the run-up to Babcock's hiring. Colangelo was the Raptors' guy all along, and given his deteriorating relationship with the Suns' new majority owner, they pounced, tossing Boy GM over the side after he kept the seat warm for 19 months. Over at Raptorblog, Scott Carefoot takes a closer look at this angle.
The sole fly in the optics yesterday was Richard Peddie sitting next to Colangelo. Peddie has sounded contrite of late. Now he has to step back -- way back -- and let the new guy do his job.