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Published April 23, 2013
DO THE DINOSAUR: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Robert MacLeod notes Raptors President & GM Bryan Colangelo is “entering into the team-option phase of his contract” with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, but so far there has been “no indication from the MLSE board if it is planning on welcoming him back.” Colangelo said, “There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not I’m coming back. I’m anticipating that that will be resolved over the next two to three weeks.” MacLeod notes there were “rumblings during the course of the season that a rift had developed” between Colangelo and Raptors coach Dwane Casey, that they “were not seeing eye-to-eye on how the on-court product was being utilized.” But Colangelo said that other than the "normal strains that invariably crop up between the coach and the GM during the course of a long season, there is no problem between the two men” (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/23). Colangelo yesterday said of the team potentially reaching the playoffs next season after a five-year postseason absence, “I will take that squarely on my shoulders and say that is the new expectation going into next year” (TORONTO STAR, 4/23).