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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Bryan Colangelo Steps Down as Toronto Raptors Team President


GM Masai Ujiri’s path to power has been cleared – Bryan Colangelo has stepped down as the Toronto Raptors’ team president, and will stay onboard as a consultant. Per the CP: “Bryan Colangelo abruptly stepped down from his role with the Raptors on Wednesday, ending their brief experiment as co-presidents of the squad. ‘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 for the organization and everyone involved,’ Colangelo said in a press release Wednesday. The 48-year-old Colangelo lost his job as general manager in May, after the Raptors went 34-48 and failed to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. He remained as president in a non-basketball role, while Ujiri was hired as general manager and president of basketball operations. Ujiri insisted at his opening news conference there would be no problems working with the man who was once his mentor in Toronto. ‘There’s no issue with Bryan Colangelo,’ Ujiri said at his introductory news conference earlier this month. ‘No issue. None whatsoever. Zero zero issue. None.’ He did however make it clear who was running the team now. ‘I’ll take Bryan’s input when I feel it’s necessary, Wayne (Embry, Raptors senior advisor) has always been a great mentor to me,’ Ujiri said. ‘But at the end of the day, I’m going to put my staff together and we’re going to figure this all out collectively. But basketball decisions are going to be my decisions, so it doesn’t matter who tells me what or how it’s done, at the end of the day, I’m sitting right here on the hot seat.’”

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  • ZOGS

    NO MORE WHITE BOYS!!

  • Dagger

    So ends another sad chapter in Raptors history. As with many Toronto sports tragedies, it began with great promise, and ends with a whimper.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    This should end all those rumors that said Ujiri was just going to be Colangelo’s puppet.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    For some reason, I read your comment using my Morgan Freeman voice.

  • MUBWAR

    lool

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    People thought that?

  • spit hot fiyah

    he still has the shirt collar game on lock

    and he can play tony blair in some movie some day

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Some. Even though Tim Leiweke went out of his way to say Colangelo would be fired if he tried to meddle with things.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Some. Even though Tim Leiweke went out of his way to say Colangelo would be fired if he tried to meddle with things.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol oh dear

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol oh dear

  • Melvin flynt

    I’m glad he’s gone he did a terrible job with the raptors franchise”, get out of here with your team Europe bs,…! It does not work

  • Lloyd

    You had to see this coming. Colangelo was absent at the press conference that introduced Ujiri. Besides, as a man you can’t expect him to be cool with his boss being someone he mentored. That’s got to hurt.

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