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Brian Colangelo’s non-extension pulls back curtain on Raptors ownership

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Among the thousands of questions about how to rebuild the Toronto Raptors there is one central question that has to be answered first — should Bryan Colangelo be the one doing the rebuilding?

There have been public comments about an extension being in the works for months, just as there have been rumors saying he will be allowed to leave when his contract is up June 30. The fact that the ownership group can’t agree on an answer tells you plenty about what is really holding things back in Toronto.

When we talk about Raptors ownership, we are talking about Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (which also owns the NHL’s Maple Leafs and other sports ventures).

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is run by a board and last week the chair of that board (Larry Tanenbaum) threw his support behind Colangelo. So why no extension yet? Dave Feschuk at the Toronto Star explains.

It’s because there remains at least one anti-Colangelo voice among the power brokers. That voice, multiple club sources confirm, belongs to Glen Silvestri, a representative of the organization’s majority owner, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Since the board has seven seats, three of which belong to Teachers’, and since another one of its members, CEO Richard Peddie, is essentially duty-bound to the majority owner, Colangelo isn’t likely to ink a new contract unless Silvestri comes around.

So we’re clear, this is an accountant managing the investments of a teachers’ union that is deciding who is making good and bad basketball decisions in Toronto.

A seven-person board is too many cooks in the kitchen. Rather than deciding on a plan and moving ahead with it, one way or the other, there is infighting among the ownership group. A group with its own set of personalities and agendas.

That just never works out well in the long for a franchise and its fans.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.