Time Out – May 18

Bryan Colangelo will remain the man in charge of rebuilding the Toronto Raptors.

Raptors keep Colangelo

Bryan Colangelo will remain the man in charge of rebuilding the Toronto Raptors.

The team’s president and general manager agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Raptors on Tuesday. Colangelo has spent five years at the helm of Canada’s lone NBA team, and his contract was set to expire on June 30.

“I’m very pleased to get this resolved and I look forward to following through on the next critical phase of rebuilding our basketball team,” Colangelo. “I am deeply committed to the organization and our fans and I’m even more proud to call Toronto home.” The Raptors picked up a lottery pick after finishing with the third-worst record in the league this past season at 22-60.

, and Colangelo was set to represent the team at the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night in Secaucus, N.J.

He’d made it clear last month he wanted to remain with the team to continue the rebuilding process.

“We’ve done some positive things. Now we’re in a position as we build without Chris Bosh, we’re building a good young team here and there are some bright spots on the horizon that I think this market should be excited about.”

Colangelo, 45, was named the NBA’s executive of the year after the 2006-07 season when he remade the roster bringing in nine new players through trades and free agency. The Raptors went on to capture the Atlantic Division title and tied a franchise record with 47 wins.

But they’ve been stuck in a rut since making a first-round playoff exit in 2008.

The Raptors lost all-star forward Bosh to free agency last summer and this season marked the third consecutive year without a playoff appearance.

Colangelo has certainly had his missteps in Toronto. He acquired Jermaine O’Neal and Hedo Turkoglu but both were big busts for the Raptors.

He’s also felt the heat from fans for the selection of Italian big man Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft. His recent draft history has garnered some top young talent however, with the selection of DeMar DeRozan at No. 9 in 2009 and Ed Davis at No. 13 last year.

“Over the past few months Bryan has worked on a winning plan for the Raptors,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Today I’m happy to report that he has everyone’s 100 per cent support of his plan and we look forward to seeing its success on the court.”

There’s no word yet on the future of head coach Jay Triano. The Raptors have until mid-June to exercise the option year on his contract.

Colangelo joined the Raptors on Feb. 28, 2006 after 15 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He served as the Suns’ GM for 11 seasons and was also the team’s president for his last seven years there.

Colangelo was also named executive of the year in 2005 after guiding the Suns to the third-greatest turnaround in NBA history en route to winning the Pacific Division title.


Today

• Track and field: Area high school meet at Lindsay Thurber, 9 a.m. start.

• Ball hockey: Boston Pizza vs. Lube X/East 40th, Original Joe’s vs. Raiders, 9:30 p.m., Kin City.

Thursday

• High school girls soccer: Notre Dame at Central Alberta Christian, 4:15 p.m. at Michener Park; Hunting Hills at Lindsay Thurber, 4:15 p.m.

• High school boys soccer: Lindsay Thurber at Hunting Hills, 4:15 p.m. Collicutt East; Central Alberta Christian at Alix, 4:15 p.m.

• High school boys rugby: Hunting Hills at Lindsay Thurber, Sylvan Lake at Notre Dame, both at 4 p.m. at Titans Park; David Thompson at Rocky Mountain House, 6:30 p.m.

• High school girls rugby: Rimbey at Lacombe, Notre Dame at Rocky Mountain House, Lindsay Thurber at Olds; all games at 5 p.m.

• Parkland baseball: Rocky Mountain House at Eckville, 6:45 p.m.; Olds at Carstairs, 6:45 p.m.

Senior baseball: Lacombe Stone & Granite at Sylvan Lake, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park 2.

• Women’s fastball: Lacombe at Budal Ice, Rage at Badgers, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park 1 and 2; N. Jensen’s Bandits at Stettler, 7 p.m.; Panthers at Firefly Fusion, 8:45 p.m., Great Chief Park 1.

Ball hockey: Cruisin Auto vs. Just Cuts/Minit Lube, Eh Team vs. Boston Pizza, 7 p.m.; Branley’s vs. Trican, Raiders vs. Lube X/East 40th, 8:15 p.m.; On-Side Restoration vs. Wild Cats, Canadiens vs. The Wild, 9:30 p.m.; all games at Kin City.