Should Triano stay or should he go?

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

The case for Jay to stay

1. Players havenít quit on him

Despite the mounting losses and injuries, thereís only been a few times the Raptors have shown no interest in competing, in most cases revealing the teamís 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; itís been pretty good given the limitations of Torontoís roster.

3. USA Basketball endorsement

If a guy gets hired by such an esteemed body, you canít dismiss it.

4. Mental toughness

He learned from last season and has been more demanding.

5. Money

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

1. Defence

Zone, protecting the paint, rotations, bringing in P.J. Carlesimo, nothing has worked because the Raptors remain defensively deficient.

2. Andrea Bargnani

Triano isnít alone in not getting Bargnani to defend, this guy doesnít 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 heís legit and more touches were needed.

5. Won/loss record

Itís 86-139 heading into Philly; six road wins this season tied for lowest in club history.


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