Firing scores bucket with fans

JACK BOLAND -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Glen ... who? That was the response given by the majority of patrons last night at Hoops sports bar, on Yonge north of Carlton St., when given a full-court press quiz on what they thought about the firing of Toronto Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald.

Some sports fans, like 20-year-old Darryl Brooks, hadn't heard what had happened but came out firing from three-point range.

"Its a good move. They needed a shakeup," said Brooks. "It's been a frustrating year. And the team (players) hasn't been supporting him.

"He had a chance to pick up players and he didn't. I would have never got (Donyell) Marshall for the Junkyard Dog (Jerome Williams)," said Brooks. "I will give him kudos, though, for getting Jalen Rose and Chris Bosh."

HIRED IN 1997

Grunwald, who was hired in 1997 as the general manager, was dismissed yesterday by Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., but will stay on as a consultant until a new GM is hired.

This year, with eight games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Raptors sit in 11th spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 30-44.

Not all the blame was dumped on Grunwald, who seemed to have his hands full as the injury bug hit and star players seemed to give up.

"Soon as they ditch that prima donna (Vince) Carter the team will start going places," said Graham Richardson, as he sat with a couple of mates after work, enjoying a few cold beverages.


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