HoopsHype.com Toronto Raptors Twitters
» Update: 01:11 PM ET
Tuesday, May 21
"If different things happened, life would work out differently." - everybody on everything, always
Colangelo will do conference call with media after lottery if they finish top 3. If not, he won't.
Big takeout: don't expect NBA's first female GM to be hired in Toronto. Masculine pronoun used a lot.
Without an idea of who the next general manager is going to be, this is gotta be one of the weirdest days in Raptor-land.
Raps have 2.5% chance at moving up to top 3 tonight (and keeping pick), in case you forgot. Now, off to transcribing hell.
If BC doesn't ever get into politics, he is wasting his talents.
B2B conference calls with Leiweke and Colangelo confirms one thing: This IS Raptorland, everybody makes it out alive! (except Kevin O'Neil)
C'est tout. That was something. More to come later.
Colangelo: I’ll help whoever is in the job if they need my help.
Colagnelo: I will help whoever is in that new job
Conference is basically over, except for something called "Hoopswimmers."
Colagnelo on recommendations on coaching staff: that will be a decision for the new guy
Colangelo: If I'm asked my opinion, I'll give my opinion (RE: whether he'll say anything RE: Casey and his staff)
Regretting agreeing to transcribe BC over Leiweke right about now.
Colangelo:You can’t be a Monday morning quarterback in this business. You have to move forward.
The Raptors had Lillard/Barnes targeted in draft last year. Obviously both were gone by the time Raps picked. Would have changed everything.
(Barnes or Lillard) is a what if, but it clearly would have changed the course (and the following roster moves).
BC says, without saying it, that getting Barnes or Lillard would have changed a lot about what came next (Lowry, Gay, etc.)
Asked if things would be different with better coin toss win/loss luck (ie. Barnes or Lillard) BC says not sure, really like Ross
Colangelo admits it's not an "ideal situation" but he's going to make the most of it
Colangelo: "I've had people poaching on my job already, directly too me 'he can you put a word in' laughs. "It's a unique situation."
Colangelo: I’d be happy for Stefanski to get a legitimate look at the gm job.
Colangelo acknowledges his hiring of Stefanski last year was in part to please board request that he have a "succession plan in place."
Stefanski absolutely has not been Colangelo's yes man over last two years. But I doubt he'll get job.
Colangelo says Stefanski is a solid basketball mind and he hired him for a reason. A man w/ distinct opinions; hopes he gets a legit look
Colagnelo on Ed: he's a relationship guy...I'd be happy for him to get a legitmate look at the job
Up to board to choose replacement, but BC says they have nice succession plan in place in Stefanski
Colangelo on Bargs – paraphrasing -- There is still value in AB as a player. Change of scenery still best .Up to the new guy now.
On lottery: “I’m just going and representing the company. I’m happy to do it.”
"Not going to run a bus over anyone (Colangelo on Bargnani)."
Colangelo on Bargnani: "How would I have handled it differently? I'm not sure I would ...
Bryan says he's not sure he would have handled AB situation differently. Points to injuries
Colangelo: "What may have taken time to take get comfortable with, I have now got my arms around and am good with it."
BC: I'm comfortable with the decisions that have been made.
Colagnelo on new GM; I think he will appreciate the fact that I am there and in his corner....If I get in the way then I won't be around
Colangelo: "I think the new guy will appreciate that I'm there and in his corner"
"I think the new guy will appreciate that I’m there in his corner.”
Colangelo (I'm paraphrasing) says if he gets in the way, he'll be out of here. That's been made clear. Up to new GM if he wants help or not
Colagnelo on being there with new GM: I know the candidates...thru relationships...at the end of the day the new guy has to feel comfortable
Colangelo: The bottom line is: If I get in the way, then I am not around.
Colangelo: "If I get in the way, I'm not going to be around ... "
Colangelo has inferred that his level of involvement will depend on eventual replacement. "If I get in the way I'm not gonna be around."
“The bottom line is if I get in the way, I’m not gonna be around.
"If I get in the way, I'm not going to be around."
Colangelo: I can’t “fault” Leiweke or the MLS board in doing their due diligence before making a decision.
Contract decision was to be made by May 1, but was extended to May 20th
Colagnelo on advice to new GM: focus on the team and the attributes that the market has ..I'll do what I can to make the new GM's job easier
Colangelo: "I'm pro-Toronto all the way, and always have been ... there are wonderful attributes that need to be exploited."
BC: I have been exploring that for years but I’ve been focused on making this team better. /2
BC:The practice facility and other things we have talked about,/1
There is no salary cap on practice facilties!
BC now talking about Raptors relationship with Canada Basketball. He's really good at this.
Colangelo doing his best to sell what he's done with branding Raptors as "Canada's team" but Leiweke's take is almost opposite.
Colangelo: I’ve been known as a guy that zigs when everyone else zags.
Colagnelo: Im a guy that zigs when everyone else is zagging and I'm not sure that will change when it comes to my opinion
Colangelo: "Whatever I can add to the process, I'll give." (that's IF he's asked, he says)
Colangelo corrects Grange on knowledge of CBA. I laughed.
Colangelo: I certainly won’t get in the way with a new general manager with the authority he has been given.
Colangelo does what Colangelo does best: say all the right things. Which doesn’t imply he’s being disingenuous, he just knows the score.
"I won't get in the way of a new General Manager" and the job he's trying to do -- Colangelo
Colagnelo: Poised for success and want to be part of it...I won't get in the way of a new GM
Colangelo: I don't view this as a failure in any sense. Says they've rebuilt since Bosh left & taken significant strides.
Colangelo: "I don't view this as a failure ... rebuilding is not an easy process."
Colangelo says he has an out clause if the right job comes along.
"I don't view this as a failure in any stretch." Well, his boss seems to
"Wouldn't be easy for me to walk into just any situation."
Colagnelo: I am committed to Toronto but I have been afforded the opportunity to say yes to a new opportunity..
"Very few NBA jobs would excite me. But there are quite a few out there that would be exciting and thrilling."
Colangelo: "I'm committed to Toronto, but I have an NBA out if the right opportunity comes along."
"Committed to Toronto, but never want to say no to a situation. I've got an NBA out basically."
"I never want to say no to a situation. Tim has afforded me the opportunity to say yes to an opportunity. I've got an NBA out…"
Colangelo: I'm committed to Toronto and what's happening but I never want to say 'no' to an opportunity (RE: if he'd leave for another job)
Colangelo: "There's a process to building teams, but there's a process to building the business around teams ... I have experience there."
Colagnelo: on agreeing to new title: I care a lto about what we are doing here and happy and thrilled to be part of it
Colangelo on 'why' he'd keep this role -- cares about the organization & and the people in it. Seeing it through. Cares about the CITY too
Colangelo: This is just another chapter in my career as a basketball man.
“This is a job, this is an experience that is just another chapter in me being a career basketball man.”
Colangelo: this is another chapter in my life of being a career basketball man.
Colangelo: disappointed that I am not able to see it through, Not "ticked off" I will b utilzed in a way that experience will b tapped in to
Colangelo: "I dont want to disagree with Tim, but I'm not ticked off. I'm disappointed."
"Not going to be pushed off somewhere ... My 18 years of experience is going to be tapped into ... acknolwedgement I do care very much."
Colangelo: "I'm not ticked off, more disappointed ... but excited for new role; don't feel like I'm being pushed off in a corner"
BC: I’m not ticked off. More than anything I am a little disappointed.
Colangelo: "I'm not ticked off, I'm disappointed I won't be finishing this thing."
“I’m not ticked off. More than anything, I’m just a little disappointed.” - BC
And here comes conference call No. 2