The case for Jay to stay
1. Players haven’t quit on him
Despite the mounting losses and injuries, there’s only been a few times the Raptors have shown no interest in competing, in most cases revealing the team’s lack of toughness.
2. Timeout play calling
You can always judge the merits of a coach following a timeout and the play that gets run; it’s been pretty good given the limitations of Toronto’s roster.
3. USA Basketball endorsement
If a guy gets hired by such an esteemed body, you can’t dismiss it.
4. Mental toughness
He learned from last season and has been more demanding.
With a lockout looming, there maybe half a season, meaning you only have to pay Triano half his contract, which is believed to be among the lowest in the NBA.
The case for Jay to go
Zone, protecting the paint, rotations, bringing in P.J. Carlesimo, nothing has worked because the Raptors remain defensively deficient.
2. Andrea Bargnani
Triano isn’t alone in not getting Bargnani to defend, this guy doesn’t even try; Bargnani forced Sam Mitchell out and he may cause more bodies to drop.
3. Change for change sake
Eight years is a long time for anyone to stay with the same organization.
4. Ed Davis
Yes the kid is raw and prone to make mistakes, but he’s legit and more touches were needed.
5. Won/loss record
It’s 86-139 heading into Philly; six road wins this season tied for lowest in club history.