Coach, players high on hiring

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

An insulin salesman would have had a field day with all the sugar being tossed around the Air Canada Centre yesterday.

The formal announcement that former Phoenix Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo has taken the same positions with the Raptors had pretty well everyone in the organization bouncing off the walls with excitement, including coach Sam Mitchell and the players.

"When the organization steps up to hire a man of his qualities, as a coach you're pleased because you've seen what he has done," Mitchell said. "And I want the same thing -- that magic that he brought to Phoenix. Let's bring it to Toronto."

MAGIC

That "magic" includes selecting all-stars Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion late in the draft and building a team in Phoenix that went 62-20 last season and advanced to the Western Conference final.

"You have to find those (great players) in the second round, you have to find those guys in Europe, you have to find those guys with the 20th and 25th pick, and you have to find free agents that other teams undervalue, and he has done that," Mitchell said.

Chris Bosh hopes that the hiring of Colangelo, along with retaining interim GM Wayne Embry in the front office, will be the start of some long-term stability.

"You look at all the teams around the league that are in the playoffs year after year, they have the same people, it's always the same guys, getting better around each other," Bosh said.

Bosh would not say what the hiring of Colangelo would mean to his future with the organization -- the Raptors hope to sign the third-year forward to a long-term deal this summer -- but he did acknowledge that it was a positive step.

"To get a high-profile guy like that, shows how eager everyone is to get better," Bosh said.


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