And now, the moment we've all been waiting for...
At noon today, Raptors GM and President, Bryan Colangelo, will be speaking to the media and in essence, trying to explain just what went wrong this season...
Do I expect candid answers on why this was perhaps the biggest bust season in Dino-history?
However today's press conference featuring the former Mr. Legomaster should be very interesting.
As I've discussed in the past, the Toronto Media has traditionally been pretty tepid in terms of their queries towards Bryan Colangelo. However tomorrow I'm expecting things to get a lot more heated if last Thursday's exit interviews were any indication. The media finally got after Jay Triano, asking him some tough questions, and considering the general tone of some of the mainstream publications of late in regards to BC, I expect the knives to come out.
Or at least the spoons.
We'll be there to help urge things on and of course, would love some feedback from HQ Nation. Fire us any questions you'd like us to ask Colangelo and we'll do our best to get them in during the given time slot. We'll the inane "is Chris Bosh/Jay Triano coming back" type questions to the Doug Smith's of the world but tops on my mind are queries like:
-How can this team look to improve now that it's so financially boxed in?
-Did you jump the gun on the Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli extensions?
-Why did it take so long for Jay Triano to make the necessary adjustments to the starting line-up? Was any of that your decision?
-Many basketball statisticians accurately predicted Hedo's issues, the defensive woes of the original starting unit, etc, etc...Is their a lack of statistical insight within management?
-In a year when you needed to show Chris Bosh that you were serious about winning games now, why draft such a project in DeMar DeRozan over various other experienced college players like DeJuan Blair, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison...all of whom had much better rookie seasons than DeMar.
You could go on and on.
What I want to hear though, is Bryan Colangelo tell it like it is. He screwed up this offseason from front to back; signing Hedo, extending Marco and Andrea prematurely, and maybe even drafting DeMar DeRozan. Even the Amir Johnson trade was no steal considering that Carlos Delfino was great for Milwaukee...
...not to mention that BC almost waived Sonny Weems.
Now, fans are left with possibly a Bosh-less franchise, and not much room to bring in help.
Someone needs to be held accountable for this mess and today marks the first opportunity to hear the man in charge try and explain just what went wrong.
So fire us some questions, and follow along with the presser via Raptors.com (I believe they'll be streaming it live on their site) and us via twitter. (www.twitter.com/raptorshq.) We'll be providing running commentary and analysis and of course will collect our thoughts for a full analysis tomorrow morning.