Sighting the need for a new voice in the locker room the Toronto Raptors have decided not to exercise their option to bring head coach Jay Triano back to the bench for next season. Triano will not be out of a job as the “Star” reported Wednesday evening that the team will retain their former bench boss as a special assistant and consultant to Team President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. Triano took over the team in December 2008 when he was named interim head coach after the team fired former coach Sam Mitchell. He was then named head coach and signed a three-year pact in May of 2009.
The Raptors went through a tough stretch during his tenure as the team had a record of 87-142 and ended the regular season in April with a 20-62 mark. Colangelo told reporters that the team decided they needed a different direction in the locker room and that is why the change was made. He said “There were certain things I felt we needed to address from a different point of view. Not only did Jay get a fair shake, he’s got an ongoing opportunity to be part of the process.”
The team will go outside the organization in search of their next coach as there are no in-house candidates to take Triano’s place. Colangelo told reporters what he was looking for in the man to steer the ship next season. The Raptors President said “For our team . . . we need somewhat of a pedigree or resume; someone who has somewhat of a defensive-minded presence (and) a flow to the offense.”