Raps courting Colangelo?

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Limited, dropped by the all-star festivities on the weekend in Houston, and took members of the Raptors squad out for lunch.

But it seems Tanenbaum, who was accompanied by two other members of the MLSEL board, had more on his mind that just lunch.

According to sources, the MLSEL honchos met with Phoenix Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo about the Raptors GM position.

Colangelo, however, refused to comment to reporters during the all-star break, other than to say: "I am under contract with the Phoenix Suns and that is where my heart and focus remains."

Colangelo, who won the executive of the year award in the NBA last year and has been mentioned as a strong candidate to repeat after revamping the team again this year, is in the midst of a three-year contract that expires at the end of next season. Colangelo has been one NBA executive whom Raptors interim GM Wayne Embry reportedly has gone after.

KICK SOME TIRED BUTT

The Raptors arrived in Memphis last night in preparation for tonight's game feeling pretty fatigued.

While the Raptors had only two players actively taking part in the all-star festivities -- Chris Bosh in the main game and Charlie Villanueva in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge -- there were at least four other players in Houston for the event. Antonio Davis, president of the NBA Players' Association, and Matt Bonner, the Raptors' representative, attended meetings. Mike James has a home in Houston and hung out with the other players while Morris Peterson took in the proceedings with his dad, Morris Sr.

Bosh admitted on Sunday that the non-stop dining, meetings and dinners really took a toll.

"I'm more tired than I thought I would be," he said. "I thought I would be able to sleep late, chill, eat good. It's been real tough, but I appreciate it though. I'm just really happy for everything."


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