Bryan Colangelo is 2007 Executive of the Year

By Fred Walker

Among those to be honoured at the 12th Annual Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards presentation luncheon on October 25th is Bryan Colangelo. The president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors will be the recipient of the Magna International Canadian Sports Executive of the Year Award for 2007.

Bryan Colangelo

Bryan Colangelo

In less than 18 months, Colangelo re-shaped the Raptors from NBA also-rans to contenders by injecting youth, discipline and talented international players into the Toronto line-up.

In May of this year, as the playoffs approached, Colangelo was named NBA Executive of the Year for the 2006-07 season, Under his watch the Raptors improved by 20 wins over the 2005-06 season to tie a franchise high with 47 victories. They also captured their first divisional title winning the Atlantic Division and returned to the postseason after a five year absence gaining home court advantage for the first time in franchise history.