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August 25, 2012 Updates

“One of the very first things Steve said was if I’m going to do this, I need some partners in crime and there’s one guy I’m thinking about,” said Canada Basketball chief executive officer Wayne Parrish. “They are the right combination.” As it has been for years. “One of the things I love about Jay is he’s a basketball lifer, he’s a gym rat . . . if you’re walking down the hall, if you’re in an elevator, if you’re having a beer, the conversation usually is about basketball and he’s got a big smile on his face and he’s completely engaged,” said Nash. “It’s a beautiful thing when you see people passionate about what they do.” Toronto Star

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What Canada Basketball wants from Nash is for him to develop a family attitude around the team, make it impossible for people to say no when they are asked to play because it’s a good and fun environment. The camp will do that, it’ll let the players start to get to know each other on and off the court; a journey they hope ends with a solid finish in Rio four years hence. Oh, and I’m hearing that they’re thisclose to naming a head coach and Jay Triano, if not a lock for the gig, is certainly high on the list. Toronto Star

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The time is not now, but it will soon arrive, likely once this summer’s Olympics are put to bed, for Triano to lead what many believe is the golden age of Canadian hoops, when so much homegrown talent is either playing in the NBA or is knocking on its doors. The buzz among basketball’s circles, at least in Canada, is that Triano will succeed Leo Rautins as national team head coach. It should be clearly pointed out that nothing is official, but unofficially all signs are pointing to Triano leading a new wave of talent that features Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph with a pool of talent so deep that it would be foolish to start naming all the names playing in U.S. prep schools or at big- time NCAA programs. Toronto Sun

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The father of former Raptors’ coach Jay Triano is facing sexual assault charges against two young girls. Niagara police received allegations of sexual offences by Howard Triano, 78, against a young girl in Niagara Falls. During their investigation, sexual offences against another young girl came to light. Triano was arrested Thursday and is now facing two counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference. Toronto Star

June 1, 2011 Updates

In a surprise move, the Toronto Raptors have declined an option to bring back Jay Triano as head coach. At the end of a disappointing 22-60 season in April, general manager Bryan Colangelo had strongly supported Triano and indicated he wanted him back. However, with a fresh extension of his own in hand, Colangelo announced on Wednesday that Triano was out, but would remain as a consultant to the team as his special assistant. Toronto Sun

Why the about-face? “Without getting too detail-oriented, I think I was pretty clear at end of the season we had set some performance standards in place,” Colangelo said. “Not necessarily by wins and losses, but it was more about environment and direction. Jay fared well in a lot of areas but at end of the day, gut feeling of where this needs to go and how quickly we want to get there in terms of accelerating the process ... I decided it was time to change the voice, change the leader at the helm.” Toronto Sun

“Most of the targets will be candidates that have a great deal of experience, somebody that has achieved success in that forum before,” Colangelo said. “Tenure, experience, rate of success, those will all be factored in. Someone who has a defensive-minded perspective, somebody who has had success putting solid defensive units out there, limiting points while still having flow to the offence. “Someone who has a free-flowing offence, but can really drill down on the defensive side of the ball which is something we need to improve on.” Toronto Sun

Jay Triano has been kicked upstairs by the Toronto Raptors. The team announced Wednesday it is declining to pick up an option year on Triano's contract as the team's head coach and he will become “a consultant to the basketball team as a special assistant to the president and general manager.” Triano, the 52-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., was due to make just over $2 million as the head coach next season, which would have been his third full year after replacing Sam Mitchell as the seventh head coach in the 16-year history of the franchise. Toronto Star

May 26, 2011 Updates

Is Jay Triano going to be the Raptors’ head coach going forward? Byran Colangelo: “I think that it’s fair to say that Jay has done a great job with this team to date. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do in terms of playing the young players and developing them. You look at the progress that DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis made in his tenure this year as a rookie even though he came off of that injury, at Amir Johnson putting up career numbers, those are positive things. The Score

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