Former Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo got tongues wagging at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday.
“Admittedly, I will say I tried to tank a couple of years ago,” Colangelo said as part of a panel discussing the NBA’s flawed draft lottery system
“I didn’t come out and say, ‘Coach you have to lose games.’ I wanted him to establish a winning tradition and culture, but I wanted him to do it in the framework of playing and developing young players.”
Colangelo was referring to the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, Dwane Casey’s first as head coach. That year, Toronto fielded the least talented roster of Colangelo’s tenure and five of the eight leaders in minutes played were 24 years of age or younger (DeMar DeRozan led the team in minutes as a 22-year-old).