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Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:08 am
Posted by Matt Moore

Unexpected news is the course of the day on a quiet Finals off day, it would seem. The Raptors and GM Bryan Colangelo announced in a conference call on Wednesday that head coach Jay Triano's option would not be picked up for 2011-2012 but that he would remain with the team as a "special assistant/consultant" to the GM. 

Colangelo was just given a gratuitous extension after several years of failed building around Chris Bosh and an equally difficult rebuilding year in the first post-CB4 season. Triano was thought to be a quality person under bad conditions trying to win with a flawed roster. But the defensive struggles of the Raptors reflected more than the lack of quality defensive personnel Colangelo had assembled. Speculation is that this may have been part of the terms of Colangelo's extension, along with a move more toward traditional NBA rosters and away from the Euro approach Colangelo has opted for, building around Andrea Bargnani. Additionally, Triano's record of 87-142 was nothing to write home about. If so, Triano is at once a scapegoat and lucky to be retained, if that makes any sense. 

With Triano out, late in the coaching search season, the Raptors will likely try and pick up one of the quality coaches on the market. Rick Adelman makes a lot of sense, as he does everywhere, but Adelman has indicated he wants to pursue more of a managerial role, something impossible with Colangelo in charge. 

We'll have more news on the release of Jay Triano as head coach soon.

Here's the release.  

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo announced Wednesday the club will not exercise its option on head coach Jay Triano for the 2011-12 season. Triano will be retained as a consultant to the basketball team as a special assistant to the president and general manager.

The search for a new head coach will commence immediately. There is no definitive timetable for the completion of the search process.

“I have great respect for Jay Triano both as a person and as a basketball mind,” said Colangelo. “Jay deserves tremendous credit for developing our young players this past season and our most recent win-loss record does not appropriately reflect his many positive contributions to this organization.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but after almost three full seasons of observation and evaluation I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years.

“I am very pleased that Jay has agreed to stay on and help see through the plan that we have designed and initiated together.”

“I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to be a head coach in the NBA,” said Triano. “I am proud of the work that I and the coaching staff have done with our young players and feel confident we have laid the foundation for a team that will continue to improve. I look forward in assisting Bryan to deliver a championship team to Toronto.”
Triano was promoted to head coach and signed to a three-year contract May 11, 2009. He finished with an 87-142 record (.380).
Triano served as an assistant to three coaches before being named interim head coach December 3, 2008 following the dismissal of Sam Mitchell.
A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Triano became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he joined Lenny Wilkens’ staff for the 2002-03 season. 


Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:08 am

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

Whoa. When I first caught wind of this news, I was shocked. Yet, I was happy and relieved. Jay Triano's tenture as a head coach fail miserably, he wasn't able to motivate and put pressure on his players to perform at the next level. The team is also to blame, but in the end the head coach usually gets axed. I'm glad Colangelo realized changes was necessary for the future and now is the time to get a reputable defensive minded coach that can implement rules and demeanours to a young team. The future looks bright because Colangelo finally acknowledged his pet project Bargnani is not putting in the work and is willing to pull the trigger if the right deal comes up. It would be so sweet if he could somehow package Bargnani and Calderon in a trade. Haha. Long live Canada basketball. Go Raps Go.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:31 pm
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Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:23 pm

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

I hope the Raptors hire an experienced coach. No more rookie coaches. Is Colangelo going to get rid of all his Italian buddies? Next to go is Gheradini (what exactly make him such a great basketball mind???) and  Andrea "I can't rebound or play defense" Bargnani.  Triano is a good assistant coach but from what I have seen I do not understand why some Raptors fans think he is such a good head coach. How many times the Raptors came out of timeouts and looked unprepared. The plays that were drawn up (or were the plays messed up by the players?) would leave me thinking that was the play they came up with? How many games the Raptors would have a nice lead at halftime and the Raptors would do their infamous 3rd quarter collapse.  How many times other teams would go on those crazy  12-2 or 14-2 runs and make me wonder does Triano even know what a time out is?

Seems like MLSE gave Colangelo the extension but told him he has 2 years to make the team better or else... 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:53 pm

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

This is a good move. The young players need a new messenger- someone with less patience and less focused on teaching. That sounds strange but many of the Raptor "kids" are no longer kids and it is time for Bargnani and others to shape up or ship out. Could you imagine Popovich responding to this poor performing bunch of slackards? He would kill them on the spot for their failure to perform. Triano just patiently keeps teaching- the players are too relaxed. I saw them warm up before a game in Orlando (where they got beat by 40)- they were laughing, joking around- doing 360's instead of foul shots- and the got creamed. If my high school team had warmed up like that I would have torn a strip off them.

Also,  you have guys like Durant and Rose making their mark in this league even though they are several years younger than the Raptors youngsters.

They have been coddled too much- bring in someone intense who can get more discipline and effort out of this group.

Triana is a good basketball mind and he is Canadian. Based on that, it is a good move to retain him- let him teach and advise but let someone else take charge.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:20 pm

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

With thye terrible D existing every year he coached, this isn't surpeising.  Team cohesion on the D being terrible is not what any NBA team needs with vets always in the line-up.  Something had to give at this point.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:53 pm

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

I'm not terribly surprised by this, but I hope it isn't just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. Jay wasn't a bad coach, he just wasn't a great coach. So it won't do the team much good to just replace him with yet another "meh" coach. At the very least they need to find someone who will literally physically kick Andrea Bargnani's ass if he doesn't rebound.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:34 pm

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

Huge Shocker here. I thought for sure they would go into the season with Jay and see how it was going and maybee see if they could get something done during the year. Jay did a good job this past season getting what he could out of a team with a lack of depth and lots of injuries. Throw in Bosh leaving it was a tuff year all around for the Raps but Jay was the least of the problems.

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