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    If you don't see Bird as "no nonsense" I honestly don't know what to tell you. Too loyal, too patient, unwilling to gamble (despite plenty of them), sure. But giving a guy that completely turned around the culture of this franchise, which JOB ABSOLUTELY DID, one last chance to capture the hearts and minds, I'm sorry, it's just obtuse. JIM O'BRIEN DESERVED HIS OPTION, and then he blew it.
    Not sure how you reconcile this with post #220 (which I thanked).

    Loyalty is great, but coaching a team is at least 50 percent of the equation, even if JOB did indeed change the culture successfully.

    The evidence was all there when Bird extended JOB that the bball side of the equation was severely lacking. Not to fire him a year later revealed that Larry Bird has a blind spot. I don't care how many rings he has.

    I've theorized for years that the "no nonsense" player Larry Bird is different from the BBall Exec Larry Bird. When it comes to relationships (Artest, JOB, etc) Bird can be a softie, and it clouds his judgement.
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    Toronto narrowing its list of GM candidates
    Don't expect any movement on the Toronto general manager's search for a couple of weeks. Team president Bryan Colangelo was in Europe last week and won't start whittling down his group of candidates until the middle of the month. Sixers GM Ed Stefanski, former Hornets GM and coach Jeff Bower and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey are among the candidates, but former Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard is also believed to be in the hunt and is a strong candidate. Pritchard took a player personnel job with the Pacers earlier this summer, but has an out in his deal that would allow him to leave if a GM job became available.
    http://www.nba.com/2011/news/feature...s=iref:nbahpt1

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    Umm...I'd rather hold on to KP.

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    Umm...I'd rather hold on to KP.

    Well duh, but it appears that it isn't entirely up to us.

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    Pritchard is staying!

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    Ed Stefanski is expected be hired as the next general manager of the Toronto Raptors, according to league sources.
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    Pritchard will be OUR next GM I'm sure and David Morway will be promoted to president of basketball operations. (If/when Bird leaves.)

    We have a quality GM already here in Pritchard so there's no reason to go find someone else again if/when Bird goes.
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    Nice.

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    Pritchard is staying!

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    Ed Stefanski is expected be hired as the next general manager of the Toronto Raptors, according to league sources.
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    not so fast Stefanski wont be there next GM. Kevin is still among the top candidates.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu..._search_101411

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    I still think Bower is higher on their wishlist than Pritchard is if Stefanski doesn't end up getting the gig.
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    In the past several days, sources said, this development has caused former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower to re-emerge at the forefront of the search. Another candidate that shouldn’t be ruled out, sources said, is Indiana Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard, former GM of the Portland Trail Blazers.
    Considering that Bower left New Orleans over a year ago, I'd would think that hole has been filled, even for a team owned by the league.

    Wasn't the new GM there the guy who claimed the player that Bower signed just before he left failed his physical even though he was fine (Luther Head I think)?
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    Considering that Bower left New Orleans over a year ago, I'd would think that hole has been filled, even for a team owned by the league.

    Wasn't the new GM there the guy who claimed the player that Bower signed just before he left failed his physical even though he was fine (Luther Head I think)?
    My bad. Why would TOR want him? That guy ruined the Hornets signing bad deal after bad deal. Posey, Ariza, Peja the list goes on and on. My buddy worked with the Hornets with that guy and got fired along with him as the video coordinator.



    also if Ed left did they already have a GM in waiting in Philly or who was taking over there?
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    Ed hasn't resigned in Philly yet. If he doesn't get the gig in Toronto I assume he's going back at least for this year.

    And Bower didn't do a half bad job with New Orleans. Of course CP3 also helps some.
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    Looks like Stefanski to Toronto is done:

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    Y! Sources: The Toronto Raptors are finalizing an agreement with Ed Stefanski to make him VP of Basketball Ops.
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    Stefanski will report to Raptors president/GM Bryan Colangelo, who will still run basketball operations.
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    WojYahooNBA Adrian Wojnarowski
    Stefanski still has to meet with Toronto ownership, but a formality. Deal could be announced by late week. Stefanski had been GM in Philly.
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    WojYahooNBA Adrian Wojnarowski
    Toronto is finalizing an agreement with Ed Stefanski to become Raptors Exec. VP of Basketball Operations, league sources tell Y!

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    The Toronto Raptors are finalizing an agreement with former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski to take over as the franchise’s executive vice president of basketball operations, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Stefanski, who was fired as the 76ers’ GM a week ago, will report to Raptors president-GM Bryan Colangelo, who will still have final say on basketball matters. Stefanski will ultimately replace Masai Ujiri, who left Toronto to become the Denver Nuggets GM last year.

    Colangelo conducted a lengthy search and ultimately targeted Stefanski in recent weeks for the job. Former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower was the runner-up. San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey had been a strong candidate, too.

    By adding Stefanski and possibly another assistant GM and scouts, the Raptors are restructuring their player personnel department. After missing the playoffs for three straight seasons, Colangelo and new coach Dwane Casey are working with two-year contracts. The Raptors picked one of the world’s top young centers, Jonas Valanciunas(notes), with the fourth pick in the June NBA draft, and he’ll play one season overseas before he’s expected to join Toronto for the 2012-13 season.

    Stefanski had been replaced as the 76ers’ top decision maker a year ago by Rod Thorn, and the franchise’s new ownership ushered him out a week ago. Stefanski had the GM title in Philadelphia and New Jersey. With both teams, he was credited with the drafting of several good players, including Richard Jefferson(notes) and Jrue Holiday(notes).
    Let's see what Pritchard will do for us this year!

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    Yeah, well, Holiday at #17 was a gift.

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    Let's see what Pritchard will do for us this year!
    Any change in our win-loss record this season, be it positive or negative, will have absolutely nothing to do with Kevin Pritchard.
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    Any change in our win-loss record this season, be it positive or negative, will have absolutely nothing to do with Kevin Pritchard.
    You thought he was suggesting otherwise?

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    You thought he was suggesting otherwise?
    That was how I interpreted it.

    I could be wrong.
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    Any change in our win-loss record this season, be it positive or negative, will have absolutely nothing to do with Kevin Pritchard.
    I would hope that any basketball-related hire by the Pacers is made with an eye towards improving the W-L record. Maybe not right away, but certainly down the road (isn't Pritchard supposed to help with scouting?). If Bird and Morway could do the same job without his input, what would be the point of paying him?

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