Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

Raptors Bryan Colangelo steps down as team president, will be consultant


It seemed a little awkward from the start — long time Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo was pushed aside to make way for young hot shot Masai Ujiri. New management at the top of the Raptors gave Ujiri all the power, so Colangelo moved to the business side of the operation as team president. With no say about basketball.

That didn’t last long.

The Raptors announced Wednesday that Colangelo is stepping down as team president and will serve as a consultant to the franchise.

“Having had a better chance to reflect on things for the past several weeks, I have concluded that stepping away from my position is the best course of action for the organization and everyone involved,” Colangelo said in a released statement.

This doesn’t really mean much on the court — this was already Ujiri’s team build as he saw fit. All this does in remove a shadow over him. And not a very long shadow at that.

There was some buzz that Colangelo and new Raptors CEO Tim Leiweke were butting heads, but again Leiweke had all the power and Colangelo was just window dressing. Now he can do whatever it is that consultants do.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

Orlando Magic Introduce 2015 NBA Draft Picks
1 Comment

Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Solomon Hill
Leave a comment

Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.