The Search Goes On
Just wondering, but should the Maple Leafs really be looking for a "Bryan Colangelo of hockey" now?
That was one of the stated goals, you may remember, when John Ferguson Jr. was cashiered Jan. 22nd, that the MLSE brass was so very much in love with the sainted Colangelo that all they needed to do was locate a hockey man of similar qualities and all would be well.
Wondered about that at the time. Wondered why this halo surrounds the Raptor boss even though he has doesn't own an NBA championship ring and his team has yet to even win a playoff round in Toronto.
Sure it's impressive what he did in Phoenix, and yes, the Raptors were a laughingstock before he arrived and became a solid team in the weak Eastern Conference in his very first year.
But to the no-ring past and playoff disappointment of last spring we can now add a Raptor squad that is plummeting, possibly all the way to the seventh seed in the east unless they can get this thing straightened out soon.
The once formidable point guard tandem now looks shaky, no one knows what Andrea Bargnani is going to deliver on a nightly basis, nobody seems to want the ball at crunch time and doesn't it seem just a little strange that player who wasn't even in the NBA last year starts for this squad?
The Raps are 2-8 in their last 10, an abomination on the road, play matador defence many nights and can't seem to find their way in the absence of star forward Chris Bosh.
It seems pretty clear, based on the evidence, that this team isn't even as good as last year's group, and that a similar early-round ouster may be in the cards.
At some point, one should think, this will begin to reflect upon Colangelo.
And while we know MLSE always aims low when it comes to managers and expectations - and what they care about most is that the fans have started filling the building again in the Colangelo era - surely the club should really be looking for a hockey executive who can deliver more than their basketball man has so far, or, really, in his career.
If it's a basketball reference they need, shouldn't they be hunting for the Gregg Popovich of hockey?