the Raptors could not have approached this needy time of grand opportunity in worse condition.
Some of the best and worst managed teams in the NBA are waiting for the buzzer to go off to signal the opening of the free-agent season. This is hunting season, but the Raptors donít have a license.
The greatest sale in sports history is about to begin and their credit card is
This is not what you should expect from Colangelo, who should be beyond these kind of miscalculations. Itís not quality management to lose your best asset without the ability to replace him in any meaningful way.
Itís not quality management when the entire sport is gearing up for the free agent class of 2010 and the Raptors are playing the part of bystander.
Itís not quality management to trade away a 2010 expiring contract, take back a terrible contract like the one belonging to Marcus Banks and then flip your first-round draft pick in the process.
And that part hardly comes up in all the talk about Bosh, who said on Wednesday on his website: ďThis has always been my dream. I get to live the dream.Ē
The Raptors and their supporters get to live the nightmare. Bad enough that Bosh may wind up in Miami. But if somehow, the Raptors find a way to make the playoffs this coming season, the Heat not only will get the Raptorsí best player, they will also get back a lottery protected Raptors first-round draft pick for 2011.
That was part of the OíNeal deal. Not the worst part. The worst part was providing an Eastern Conference rival with the kind of flexibility the Raptors donít have for themselves. And who knows? Maybe the Raptors get their own pick back in a sign-and-trade deal for their only all-star.