Colangelo ignores propoganda bandwagon

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Head coach Sam Mitchell and rookie Andrea Bargnani have an excellent chance of winning major NBA awards this season, but the Raptors organization has won't bang the drums on their behalf.

At the end of each season, many NBA teams attempt to sway the writers and broadcasters who vote on the awards. For instance, the Toronto Sun recently received a letter shaped in the image of a Big Mac from the Houston Rockets, encouraging our paper's beat writer to vote for Tracy McGrady for the MVP award. In past years, the Raptors have done the same with McGrady and Vince Carter.

However, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo maintains he will not jump on the "propaganda" bandwagon and send out letters encouraging those with a vote to select Mitchell as coach of the year and Bargnani as top rookie.

"In my experience, most of that stuff gets thrown into the circular file (garbage can) pretty quick," Colangelo said yesterday. "I think it's a waste of time and resources."

Colangelo brushed aside suggestions that he is doing Mitchell and Bargnani, who missed last night's game because of flu-like symptoms, a disservice by not sending out literature encouraging writers and broadcasters to vote for the two.

"I think the media is more savvy than to be swayed by a glossy piece of paper, a video or a DVD," he said.

Steve Nash was twice named the league MVP without the Phoenix Suns -- with Colangelo in charge -- mailing out propaganda material to the writers.


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