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Bryan Colangelo a candidate for Pistons’ general manager

Michael Grange of SportsNet on former Raptors general manger Bryan Colangelo:

After a year on hiatus multiple NBA sources have told Sportsnet that he’s close to joining the fray again and is a leading candidate to run the Detroit Pistons.

You can read my thoughts at ProBasketballTalk.

33 Comments

  • Apr 30, 20149:45 pm
    by jinzzy

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    Please God noooo, he the same guy that gave Barganani that huge contract 

  • Apr 30, 201410:28 pm
    by Nick N

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    @jinzzy passed on Drummond, lamarcus aldrige, and brandon roy. Well be better off keeping Joe smh.

  • May 1, 201412:49 am
    by Ryan

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    I’d rather have Josh Smith as our new GM (as long as he is no longer allowed to play) than this retread.

  • May 1, 201412:59 am
    by Brandon Knight

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    Smart guy! Graduated from an ivy league.

    • May 1, 20147:08 am
      by Huddy

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      Not that I think that’s a negative, but I’m not sure that moves the needle much, especially for a guy who already has a GM record that isn’t impressive. 

  • May 1, 20142:00 am
    by Tiko

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    Travis Schlenk or Troy Weaver not this guy

  • May 1, 20145:32 am
    by Lorenzo

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    OMG……nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 1, 20145:51 am
    by gmehl

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    Stab myself in the eye with a pencil… stop… and repeat!

    • May 1, 20146:12 am
      by gmehl

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      If these rumours are true then we might have to dig up that Platinum Equity email address again so all of us can voice our displeasure to that douchebag Gores. I mean as Piston fans havent we been through enough over the las 5-7 years?

  • May 1, 20147:51 am
    by DasMark

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    I thought Gores wants his team’s value to increase? 

  • May 1, 20148:18 am
    by I HATE LOSING (predicting a strong finish)

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    Just Hire Billups for goodness sake….

    • May 1, 201411:00 am
      by Huddy

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      Deciding between proven questionable and completely unproven I guess I go with unproven, so between Billups and Colangelo sure (although I have to pause and think about Tim’s comment below about not wanting to end up hating the former Piston if he messes up).  Billups compared to “the field” as a whole…I’m looking for some experience or at least someone who has been a part of a successful front office that we can hope had something rub off on them.  If Billups is brought on to be a part of the front office and essentially get his feet wet while becoming a guy that could run the team in the future…thats cool with me.

      • May 1, 201411:54 am
        by I HATE LOSING(Expecting a strong finish)

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        I know theres more to being a GM than what most think…
        But a huge part is having a vision for team current and long term… saying I want the Pistons to be a play-off team isnt good enough for me….we could have made it this year, but we were so dysfunctional 

        • May 1, 201412:17 pm
          by Huddy

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          I’m not certain how this is related to my comment (or if it was meant to be).  But yeah, theres a lot to being a GM, which is primarily why I wouldn’t want someone without position-specific experience.
           
          I agree with the rest.  I definitely want someone with vision.

  • May 1, 20149:22 am
    by gmehl

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    Here’s a question for everybody. If it was a choice between Bryan Colangelo and Isiah Thomas who’d you go with?

    • May 1, 20149:27 am
      by Tim Thielke

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      Colangelo. Mostly because I don’t want to hate Thomas.

  • May 1, 20149:39 am
    by zdh

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    woof. no thanks. i feel his tenure would be very similar to dumars if he was brought in, but without the same highs dumars reached.

  • May 1, 201410:01 am
    by BigDogg

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    NOOOOOOO!! Mike Zarren from the Celtics please.  Do What it takes mister gores!

  • May 1, 201410:56 am
    by Huddy

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    The only thing I like about Colangelo is that no one can say he wasn’t active.  With the fit issues on the Pistons they need a guy that will live on the phone and be willing and able to put together multi-player/multi-team deals.  A passive guy or someone who feels like they can make existing guys into something they are not simply wont work.  That being said, Colangelo seems like he just throws a bunch of sh!t at the wall and sees what sticks ultimately leading to a necessity for someone to come in and understand what does and doesn’t work instead of just throwing the team in a cup over and over hoping for Yahtzee. 

    • May 1, 201411:43 am
      by Tim Thielke

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      I’d take Billups (equal-ish odds of liking him more or less as a result if he got the job) or some other complete unknown over Colangelo. My comment on Thomas is because he isn’t an unknown, he is a known disaster.

      • May 1, 201412:15 pm
        by Huddy

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        I assume your responding to the other comment.  Yeah I don’t see it as the same situation, but for similar reasons I feel like I don’t want Billups.  Partly because of the same reasons I don’t really want any complete unknown, in addition to your sentiment about not wanting a reason to dislike one of my favorite players. 

        • May 1, 20146:12 pm
          by gmehl

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          In regards to Billups I sort of agree with the part about not hiring him due to him not having any GM experience but the thing that he could bring to the table no one seems to bring up is that he has the respect and a great connection with today’s NBA players. I feel this is something that cannot be undersold because if you all cast your mind back to 2000 so did Dumars. It seems like such a long time ago but having that player connection can net you players that you sometimes wouldn’t get. I’m not saying they’ll be star players but guys in the mould of Paul Millsap. I still remember when Joe was the new kid on the block and all the other GMs thought they could swindle him cause he was new but it ended up being the other way around. Joe had great advisors around him and a great owner in Davidson to guide him and bounce off. I’m thinking maybe Billups could be the guy if you could surround him with some good analytic guys. If it was a choice between a known failed commodity like Colangelo/Thomas and a newbie like Billups then I’d rather try the unknown commodity in Billups. 

          • May 1, 201410:08 pm
            by Huddy

            Yeah that was basically my take on Billups above.

  • May 1, 201411:35 am
    by I HATE LOSING(Expecting a strong finish)

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    HEY! Just did the ESPN LOTTERY 10 times back to back Results
    1st – 8th pick
    2nd – 2nd pck
    3rd - 8th pick
    4th –  8th pick
    5th –  8th pick
    6th – 2nd pick
    7th –  8th pick
    8th –  8th pick
    9th – 1st pick
    10th –  8th pick

  • May 1, 20142:47 pm
    by Kobina

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    Everyone who was eager to see Joe Dumars go, no matter what you thought of him, you have to admit that replacing someone who brought us so much success, is not going to be easy.

    • May 1, 20142:58 pm
      by Huddy

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      Kind of.  I would bet most fans will be basing the newcomer’s success on doing better than Dumars has in the last 5 years…not on being better than Dumars was in 2004.  More wins, making the playoffs, successful trades/signings…those will be how the new person is judged.  Maybe in 10 years we will be comparing Dumars and the new person, but it doesn’t really make sense to think of it in terms of the new GM needing to win a championship this year to be a success.  Its just not really possible to make the comparison until they have a similar time span to go on.  I don’t think anyone who does a bad job should get the same leash, but the quality of the moves made on a short term basis by the new GM will be more important until there is more of a career to compare anyway.

      • May 1, 20146:21 pm
        by gmehl

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        Especially when the new GM has to come in and clean up Joe’s mess which in itself will take at least 2-3 years minimum to fix. I suppose who the new GM chooses in the draft should be on him as no matter what pick it is he still has to try and get it right.

  • May 1, 201410:28 pm
    by TcFlint

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    Billups would be a disaster!  No fotmer or current Pistons please.  Plenty of other canididates with some great experience are available.

  • May 2, 20141:14 am
    by CityofKlompton

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    I had some blind optimism for Gores when he purchased the team, but the more his ownership progresses, the more that optimism is being chiseled away piece by piece. I would not be too excited about Colangelo.

  • May 2, 20143:42 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    Colangelo would be an annoying hire. I’d rather have someone from a place like SA or with an analytics background. Or, like commenters above mentioned, Chauncey + an analytics guy. 

  • May 5, 20141:34 am
    by Lorenzo

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    Apparently Hawks might be interested in Monroe this summer…interesting potential sign and trade possibilities there.

    • May 6, 201411:06 am
      by Huddy

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      They have Teague (who looks really solid) Milsap and Horford…and they want to spend max money/probably give up something in a sign and trade to add another high contract forward/center?  So they want to become the lowly Pistons from this year (granted I like Milsap at 3 better than Smith and Teague better than Jennings).  IDK why they wouldn’t want to just see how much better they get with Horford back considering how well they already were without him, plus see what happens with Mike Scott, Schroeder off the bench, and who they add in the draft.  If anything a glue guy like Ariza might be all they need to move forward.

  • May 7, 201410:31 pm
    by T Casey

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    Please no.

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