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article imageNBA: Jay Triano option is not picked up by Toronto Raptors

By Austin Tyler     Jun 2, 2011 in Sports
Toronto - The NBA coaching positions have been in full swing as the season is not even over yet. The latest coach to be fired is Raptors Jay Triano after three years with the team, and a below .500 record in that time frame.
Jay Triano is an Ontario, Canada native and began coaching the Toronto Raptors in December 2008 as an interim coach behind the firing of former 2007 NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell. In May 2009 the Raptors removed the interim tag and signed him to a three-year deal, with an option that they will not renew with him according to Bryan Colangelo.
Even though he will not be the coach, he will be retained as a team consultant and special assistant to Mr. Colangelo. Colangelo said in a press conference, We've decided that it was time to change the voice, change the leader at the helm. Triano and Colangelo had a meeting to talk about the stat and future of team, and came down to the decision of now being the time to make the move.
Triano has not had a good record with the team as he is 87-142 in his three year tenure with the team. The team finished this year 22-60 which was last in the Atlantic Division, but finished second to last in the Eastern Conference standings.
Colangelo said the search for a new coach will begin immediately and there is no firm deadline in place. He also did not mention names but said he'd be interested in someone with a defensive-minded perspective which the raptors have been struggling with of late. Colangelo believes that tenure, experience, success, rate of success, those will all be factored in making his decision on his next coach.
The Raptors have a former head coach in P.J. Carlesimo who is the only assistant coach left under contract, but he is not a candidate to replace Triano at this time.
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