Sam Mitchell Was 'Not Allowed to Be That Tough on Andrea' Bargnani

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Sam Mitchell Was 'Not Allowed to Be That Tough on Andrea' Bargnani
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Fresh off his work re-tooling the Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns after disappointing turns at the hands of Jason Kidd and Stephon Marbury, Bryan Colangelo was a hot commodity in 2006. The GM was rumored to possibly have enough basketball sway to take over in New York, but instead of attempting to make hay out of Isiah Thomas’ salted soil, he instead accepted a job running the Toronto Raptors. With cap space in hand (thanks to deals with Isiah, of course) and a franchise player in Chris Bosh already on the roster, Colangelo’s nouveau touch seemed to be the perfect recipe for success.

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