RAPTORS PODCAST: RAPS TALK presented by HHJ & HHN Ep. 60 (03.06.2014)

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)Follow @romyaquinoRAPTORS PODCAST - RAPS TALK Episode 60The "Reunited" episodeEpisode 60 of RAPS TALK (03.06.14) - The crew is back! U-E makes his triumphant return to the #RAPSTALK podcast for the first time this season.  On this week's podcast we discuss the new 20th anniversary logo, Bryan Colangelo's tanking comments, the...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Commissioner Adam Silver praises 76ers' long-term plan

NBA commissioner Adam Silver not only defended the Philadelphia 76ers, but praised the organization's strategy for attempting to build a championship contender on Saturday, a day after former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy slammed the Sixers' apparent willingness to field a non-competitive team and tank a season to improve its draft stock while speaking at the annual...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo admits to tanking

At the annual Sloan Conference on sports analytics at MIT on Friday, former Toronto Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo admitted that he tried to tank games during the 2011-12 season. USA Today’s Sam Amick was in Boston for the conference and first reported the story. “Admittedly, I will say, I tried to tank a couple of years ago,” Colangelo said. The subject of...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo admits to tanking

The NBA could be nearing closer to fixing its tanking problem. A recent proposal that was created by Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren seems to be gaining momentum, and comments like the ones we heard from former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo on Friday could help accelerate the process. Zarren has proposed a […]
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

#TankNation? Former Raptors GM, Bryan Colangelo “Admittedly, I tried to tank a couple of years ago”

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)Raptors were a member of #TankNation?Colangelo: “Admittedly, I tried to tank a couple of years ago” Up until this season, it has been a rough go for the Toronto Raptors for a few years now.  Fans have watched the Raptors have five straight losing seasons up until this current season.  In his tenure, former Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s up, Sloan? Thoughts from Day One of sports nerd heaven

This weekend, I’m hanging out at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. It’s an annual nerd heaven. I’m in nirvana. I’ve been dying to go for years. I sincerely wish my colleague Craig Lyndall could be here again this year with me too. Friday was Day One of the jam-packed two-day conference. It’s overwhelming. It’s exhausting. It’s terrific. SSAC is now...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo admits: ‘I tried to tank a couple of years ago’

Former Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo admitted his team tried to tank during the 2011-12 season during a candid conversation at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday. While discussing the future of the NBA’s draft lottery and the problems with the current system, Colangelo revealed the Raptors’ front office was not interested in winning during the ’11...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Raptors GM admits trying to tank

During a panel at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Bryan Colangelo admitted that the Toronto Raptors were attempting to tank during his tenure. "Admittedly, I will say I tried to tank a few years ago," said Colangelo. The Raptors finished the 10-11 season with a 22-60 record (.268 winning percentage) and a 23-43 record in 11-12 (.348 winning percentage). The Raptors...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan proving worthy of scrutinized contract

It was just 16 months ago when the basketball-observing public, including both the U.S. and local media, was mocking Bryan Colangelo for handing DeMar DeRozan a rich four-year contract extension. At the time, DeRozan was a promising athlete who had failed to tangibly improve over his first three years in the NBA. It was a bet on potential, not a reward for production. Such gambles...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Former GM Bryan Colangelo says he is no fan of Raptors latest move.

Former Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo was asked about the mega seven-player deal that sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings and here’s what he had to say, “I put a high premium on talent and character, and Rudy Gay has an abundance of both,” Colangelo said according to the Sacramento Bee. “Obviously, Pete (D’Alessandro) has a mandate to increase the talent...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryan Colangelo's two cents on the Rudy Gay trade

by Romy AquinoWell, it didn't take long for former Raptors General Manager, Bryan Colangelo to put his two cents on the recent seven player deal between the Toronto Raptors and the Sacramento Kings.  Colangelo gave his input on former Raptor Rudy Gay and the move made by the Sacramento Kings.(via“I put a high premium on talent and character, and Rudy Gay has an...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryan Colangelo offers praise to the Kings and a sly dig at the Raptors following the Rudy Gay deal

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke initially decided to put together a strange arrangement last spring, replacing longtime Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo with the man who used to work as his second in command, reigning NBA Executive of the Year and former Denver Nuggets top man Masai Ujiri. The plan was for Colangelo, who is as connected as they...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Source: Raptors Open To Trading Anyone Except Valanciunas

The Toronto Raptors are prepared to overhaul their roster under new general manager Masai Ujiri. The Raptors are evaluating how their pieces fit, but nearly every player can be made available except for one. "Anyone but [Jonas] Valanciunas," said one source. Rudy Gay is making nearly $18 million this season and can opt out in the offseason, making him an intriguing candidate...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Raptors GM Has Talked About Trading Rudy Gay

According to Bruce Arthur of the National Post, Raptors general manager, Masai Ujiri, has talked about trading Rudy Gay. Gay, who previous general manager, Bryan Colangelo, acquired from the Grizzlies in January, averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33 games with the team last season. …Sources say he has talked about moving Rudy Gay, but he has been patient. He...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

The Raptors Have Discussed The Possibility Of Trading Rudy Gay

credit: When the Raptors traded for Rudy Gay last season, many saw it as the Raptors trying to get themselves an all-star to build around. However, it should be noted that at the time of the trade, Bryan Colangelo and not Masai Ujiri was the GM of the Raptors. Now that Ujiri is at the helm, chances are good that Ujiri has a different attitude towards Rudy Gay. According...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

New brain trust tries to turn Raptors around

The biggest changes the Toronto Raptors made this offseason came in the boardroom, not the locker room. Tim Leiweke was hired as CEO in April after the Raptors were 10th in the Eastern Conference, finishing out of the playoffs for a franchise-worst fifth straight year. Originally scheduled to take over in Toronto at the start of July, Leiweke moved his start date up by almost a...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Wizards Hire Marc Eversley As VP Of Scouting

Marc Eversley has been hired by the Washington Wizards as vice president of scouting. Eversley was previously in the front office of the Toronto Raptors under Bryan Colangelo. The Wizards have lost Milt Newton and Mike Wilson this offseason.
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Tim Leiweke’s apology to former Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo a solid first step

Well it was an interesting hour not horribly enlightening but interesting that a group of us got to spend with Tim Leiweke and a few of his Henchpeople on Friday morning when he visited with our editorial board. The one thing that stood out to me and I don’t think I’m talking too much out of turn here is that he says he realizes now that he’s not the story nor the focus and...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst Moves of the Off Season

Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst Moves of the Off Season By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Best Move: Bringing in General Manager Masai Ujiri - The Toronto Raptors’ reign under GM Bryan Colangelo thankfully ended this summer and the Raptors somehow were able to land one of the best executives in the NBA, in reigning NBA Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri. He helped...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Leiweke Admits He Didn't Get Along With Colangelo

Tim Leiweke recently revealed that he could not have a working relationship with Bryan Colangelo. The Toronto Raptors parted ways with Colangelo and hired Masai Ujiri. “I didn’t get along with the GM of the basketball team, so we brought in somebody who sees the world the same way I do,” Leiweke said. The Raptors haven't reached the playoffs since 2008. “We need to be...
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July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Colangelo steps down as president of Raptors

TORONTO (AP) -- Bryan Colangelo abruptly stepped down from his role as president of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, a move that was unexpected even after he'd lost his position as general manager to Masai Ujiri. "Having had a better chance to reflect on things for the past several weeks, I have concluded that stepping away from my position is the best course of action...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Ujiri Takes Over For Colangelo In Toronto … And Not A Moment Too Soon

NBA teams, not unlike other professional sports teams, make changes when the franchise is in a slump. The Toronto Raptors are no different in that respect. Wednesday found now-former general manager Bryan Colangelo abruptly resigning from the team. Interestingly, he will retain some type of role with the franchise and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Colangelo lost that position...
June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Colangelo steps down as Raptors president

Bryan Colangelo is stepping down as president of the Toronto Raptors, just weeks after taking a reassigned position with the team. The Raptors announced Wednesday that Colangelo will remain as a consultant with the team and with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Colangelo joined the Raptors in February 2006 as president and general manager. He was not extended as GM after...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryan Colangelo Steps Down From New Position With Raptors

Bryan Colangelo has stepped down as president of team and business operations of the Toronto Raptors, a position he accepted this offseason. Colangelo wasn't retained as general manager and the Raptors subsequently hired Masai Ujri. Colangelo will remain as a consultant. "I have concluded that stepping away from my position is the best course of action for the organization...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Raptors Hire NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, as GM

  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Toronto Raptors have hired Denver Nuggets general manager and 2013 NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, as their new GM after relieving Bryan Colangelo of those duties earlier in the month. Masai Ujiri has accepted Toronto GM job, sources tell Y! — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 31, 2013   Masai Ujiri has agreed...
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May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

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