A flawed situation comes to an end more quickly than expected
Well, that didn’t take long.
Can’t say I was entirely surprised by the Colangelo news last night although the move came a lot earlier than I thought it would because it really turned into what seemed to be an entirely unworkable situation.
The BC I know was never going to be truly happy not being in the fray somehow and despite all the lip service from Masai and Tim about him being a counsel on some basketball matters (remember that first press conference?) it wasn’t working out that way and there’s no way it was going to last long-term.
But I will tell you this with complete confidence that it is 100 per cent true:
Bryan only tried to make it work because of his love for Toronto, Canada, the organization and the ownership over at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
Say what you will about the job he did but he had a true appreciation for the nuances of working in Canada, where treating people with respect is first and foremost, he cared about the growth of the game in this country and that is undeniable.
Training camps coast-to-coast, exhibition games all over the place, he gave and raised money and time for the national team programs and Canada Basketball and his departure in that regard is a true loss.
I know him well enough to know that the quotes attributed to him in the press release were his, he would not let someone else write them and simply rubber stamp them.
“I would like to personally thank Larry Tanenbaum, Dale Lastman, MLSE’s ownership and family and the wonderful people of Toronto for the opportunity to serve them over the last seven years. The support, kindness and adulation that has been displayed to me and my family has been overwhelming, and our friendships and experiences will last a lifetime.”
I have no doubt those are heartfelt words.
So how will history judge him?
I think probably a bit unfairly at the moment, given the vitriol I’m seeing in a lot of places, but over time, I think that will soften.
As I said the day his move was announced, he might have been a victim of his own success, those two playoff appearances right off the bad set the bar too high given the facts and the roster and the deception he suffered at the hands of Chris Bosh.
But on the whole, he did what I’d want any general manager of a team I was a fan of to do: He took his shots, tried to fix things that were broken and was willing to admit mistakes and correct them.
Was he worse or better than another other sports executive? No.
Here’s the simple truth: You do what you think is best at the moment and deal with the consequences, you win some, you lose some, you tie some others and you keep plodding on. It’s not a science, it’s in a lot of ways guesswork and I’d much rather have someone proactive trying to make the big play than someone safe who takes no chances.
And through it all, what drove him was his passion to succeed, to make the city and country proud and to turn the team into a consistent winner.
It didn’t happen, the current situation simply wasn’t going to work as it turns out, so it was time to go recharge, to find some new challenge, to turn the page.
Best of luck to him.
For all the tots out there.
And be even more careful on the roads, okay? Lots of urchins around now.
I know, it’s not something that thrills me at the best of times but since the locals don’t have a pick – yet – and there’s not a franchise-changing player available, the interest level wanes considerably.
And I’m pretty sure the Myck Kabongo fans out there – and I quite like the kid and consider myself one at some level – won’t want to hear this but …
Maybe he shouldn’t get drafted.
I’ve long held that if you’re going to get picked in middle or second half of the second round it’s better not to get drafted at all, just to keep all your options open.
Second round picks are chattel, their rights held in perpetuity by the team that picks them until they’re invited to a camp and signed or cut so why wouldn’t it be better for a player to have 30 teams to try and catch on with rather than one?
Why not wake up tomorrow and get the agent cracking on finding a summer league invite that’s a good fit, a team that may need your particular skills and go out to Vegas or Orlando or wherever the summer league and showcase your skills for 30 teams instead of trying to convince just one to take a flier on you?
I know that’s a bit counter-intuitive and there is some validation to being drafted but doesn’t it make a little sense?
That said, a part of my hopes he gets drafted if that’s what he truly wants; he’s a good kid and a pretty good player.
Mail, please. You know you want to. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help a fella out.
Total screw up in this story and as soon as I get someone back at the office to fix it up, we will.
Yes, it’d be nice if three Canadians were drafted tonight and a feather in our collective caps but it wouldn’t be unprecedented.
Not only did it happen last year – Andrew Nicholson, Kris Joseph and Robert Sacre – it happened in 1983 with Leo Rautins, Stewart Granger and Ron Crevier.
Thanks to an Irregular named Brian for pointing that out.
Hey, any restaurateurs out there?
Riddle me this.
How come if you go to a joint one day and order this thing off the menu and it’s good and kind of spicy and totally enjoyable and then you go back a few days later, order the same thing at the same time – sitting in the same damn booth even – and it’s, um, bland?
Totally disappointing, isn’t it?