Bad Boys GM takes over Raps

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Greed is good. That's a famous line from the movie Wall Street, but Raptors interim general manager Jack McCloskey gave it a Bay Street spin yesterday.

"I'd really like to get one more ring," said McCloskey, who won two NBA championships as the GM of the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990. "I guess I'm greedy. We should have had four, but we only had two."

McCloskey, who has been a paid consultant with the Raptors since their inception, officially took the GM's reins yesterday after Glen Grunwald was fired.

McCloskey, 78, is not a candidate for the full-time position, although he will be one of the key individuals choosing the next full-time GM, along with Raptors president Richard Peddie.

McCloskey said he would like the team to get a permanent GM "tomorrow."

"At the very least, I think he should be hired before the draft (in late June)," McCloskey said from his home in Georgia. "I'll do my best to persuade (Peddie) to have someone in place by then, and there's no reason it can't be done.

'PEOPLE IN MIND'

"I have some people in mind already who I think it's important we talk to, because I think they would be outstanding."

McCloskey has more than 30 years of experience in the NBA as a coach, GM and consultant.

He was the GM of the Pistons from 1980-92, and the GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1991-95.

McCloskey said he has done a lot of scouting for the Raptors this season so he is up to date on draft-eligible prospects. How much influence he has on who the club drafts obviously will depend on how far along the hiring process is.

Peddie said the club may wind up hiring an assistant GM as well. When McCloskey was asked if he has been contacted by any of his old Pistons players looking for jobs, he laughed and said, "Rick Mahorn, my old intimidator, was the first one to call me. But I'm sure I'll get more."


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