Ah classic Raptors.
The season is over, the damage has been done and now it is time to stir up rumours to get fans excited again.
I mean, season tickets for next year are on sale soon I bet?
This whole story about Phil Jackson coming to the Raptors to be the President or white light, is so overblown. It was only last summer that the same kind of crazy story took over most of Canada. Steve Nash is coming to Toronto! Yeah, that was never going to happen.
Stevie burned us and used us as leverage to get the deal he wanted. Which by the way, I want to say Karma *****. The Lakers season was a bust on a level rarely seen in sports. So this is the story that the always reliable ESPN is promoting.
According to ESPN.com, the Toronto Raptors have ramped up their pursuit of Phil Jackson to be their new team president. The former coaching guru had been linked to the Seattle group which was trying to move the Sacramento Kings to the Pacific Northwest. But now that the Kings appear to be staying in Sacramento, the Raptors front office position could be enough to entice Jackson north of the border.
Tim Leiweke is cited as one reason Toronto is once again firmly back in the Jackson sweepstakes. Big deal, so Timmy is in town.
Does not mean Phil all of a sudden wants to jump on board. It is still the Raptors. Now, do I think BC is still the man for the job? Kind of. I mean he is a name and he has not done that badly, but really, he is just keeping the seat warm until someone better is found. And there are not a lot of guys out there who would do better. Is Jackson one?
He has never run a team. He has never developed a team. All his success has been on the bench and for all those teams he had Michael, Scottie, Shaq or Kobe. So why Toronto? Why try your hand out with a team that has a track record of being less than average?
He could do the same with several teams in the US. He could probably roll into a job with the Lakers. I mean he is the Zen master. I think this story is a whole lot of nothing. A coincidence really. So, Toronto can pursue all they want. I think it looks good for the franchise to do it. It keeps BC on his toes.
But in the end, Phil will go elsewhere, BC will realize he is not wanted in TO and the Raptors will end up with Isiah Thomas or worse running the team. Hey it gets the Raptors on ESPN at least. Other than the occasional T-Ross slam, that can’t be said too often.