Toronto Sun reports
The happiest day of the year (media day) came and went yesterday with an optimistic Colangelo announcing that not only does he expect the Raptors to qualify for the playoff this season, he expects his rebuilt squad to actually make a run in the post-season.
“And that means probably putting yourself in a position (to be) the fourth or fifth seed (in the Eastern Conference),” the always-dapper GM said, while adding that the Raptors likely will have to win more games than the previous club record of 47 to accomplish that goal. “Are (we) shooting for a target of 50 games? Yeah, I think that’s what we should be realistically looking at.”
The next couple of paragraphs from the writer, Steve Buffery, were interesting too
Colangelo’s optimism is based on the reconstruction job he pulled off in the off-season, the adding of some excellent new parts (Reggie Evans, Hedo Turkoglu, etc.) while retaining his big three of Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani.
However, and this is a big however, Colangelo also realizes that if the great experiment fails, his franchise player, Bosh, probably will walk at the end of the season. And the GM, if he’s back, will have to start from the beginning. Perhaps blow up the team again.
The pressure on Colangelo this season is enormous.
The Pressure On Colangelo
There is a fair amount riding on Colangelo this year, but I don’t think his job is on the line. I reckon that if things fail, and even if Bosh then decides to leave, Colangelo’s job will still be safe. He will, however, begin to come under heavy scrutiny from the fans and media alike … but I think it’ll take another few large failures, or one or two massive failures, before his job comes under threat.
I have to say … it shocked me to see this quote.
Everything would have to fall into line perfectly for the Raptors to even have a chance at 50 wins, and that includes a massive amount of development from Andrea Bargnani who would very likely need to become a legit 20-10 big man who also plays good defense.
The chances of Toronto winning 50 games are minimal. I’d place them somewhere south of two percent.
Bryan Colangelo is doing a poor job of controlling expectations with statements like this.
He’s setting himself up for the fall … but more importantly, he’s unnecessarily risking his team’s morale because when these guys realize their hopes and dreams are unrealistic, and that they’re not good enough to achieve their targets, it will definitely have a demoralizing + negative effect on their season.
Even if the team has a very good season and wins 45 games, and claims say the 6th seed in the East and consequently gets demolished by one of the big three (Orlando, Cleveland, Boston) in the first round … the season will seem like a failure.
Bryan Colangelo is creating additional pressure for his own team + on his players.