Suns CEO supports son

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Phoenix Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo feels his son, Bryan, is entering a good situation with the Raptors.

Bryan Colangelo will be named the president/general manager of the Raptors today, leaving the same position with the Suns.

"I'm very excited for him and very excited for the opportunity that presented itself," said Jerry Colangelo, who has sold his stake in the Suns and might consider expediting his departure from the club now that Bryan is gone.

"This is (outstanding) for his career and his future. He couldn't have picked a better spot to enter.

"There is a lot to offer in that city. It is a strong franchise and I have a lot of respect for (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. president) Richard Peddie, (chairman of the board) Larry Tanenbaum and (interim GM) Wayne Embry has been a dear friend for many years."

When asked why he feels so strongly about the Raptors as a franchise, Colangelo said, "They have talent, they have cap space and they have draft picks."

Jerry Colangelo is in charge of picking the 25-man roster for the U.S. national team for the 2006 world championships and 2008 Olympics.

The list will be unveiled Sunday and Colangelo wouldn't confirm or deny that Raptors star Chris Bosh will be invited to training camp in Las Vegas this summer.

Colangelo did talk with Bosh when the Raptors faced the Suns in Phoenix in November.

"(Bosh) has always been on my radar screen," Jerry Colangelo said yesterday.

It would be a stunner if Bosh is not invited.

SCOUTING ADDITIONS

The Raptors announced yesterday that Rudy D'Amico, Darrell Hedric and Larry Siegfried have been added to the scouting staff.

D'Amico worked as European scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers for 11 seasons, while Hedric also worked for the Cavs for 19 seasons, eight as a head scout.

Siegfried played in the NBA for nine seasons (1963-72) and has served as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets.


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