TrueHoop: Bryan Colangelo
- Minnesota president of basketball operations David Kahn emphatically vowed that his next head coach will embody "uptempo DNA." Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak notes that last season's Timberwolves squad played at one of the fastest clips in recent NBA history. The problem isn't pace, it's a lack of precision required to translate that speed into success: "Michael Beasley’s speeding arrest ... is a tidy metaphor for the way the Timberwolves played last year: A young person with a history of making bad decisions goes too fast and gets punished in embarrassing, if not monetarily consequential, fashion." In related news, Marc Stein reports that Don Nelson -- he of the uptempo DNA -- has interest in the Wolves.
- J.M. Poulard of WarriorsWorld on what could've been had Chris Webber remained in Oakland for the duration.
- For ACC basketball fans, N.C. State's Julius Hodge was a dazzling sideshow. The Pack never resided at the top of the conference, but Hodge's intensity was infectious. His epic battles with Chris Paul were electrifying and his game-winner against UConn in the 2005 NCAA tourney was a sequence for the ages (call by Gus Johnson). Hodge has never had more than a cup of coffee in the NBA and has spent the past few seasons playing pro ball in Australia. But this week, he's going mano-a-mano with John Wall in the North Carolina Pro-Am Summer League -- and holding his own.
- For those who scratched their head when the Lakers drafted Sudanese prospect Ater Majok in last month's draft, here's some video via Inside Hoops of Majok playing streetball in New York's famed Rucker Park.
- Talk to enough NBA execs and you'll hear Kelvin Sampson mentioned as a natural candidate for a head coaching gig. In the meantime, he'll join Kevin McHale's staff in Houston, along with J.B. Bickerstaff.
- How a one-word answer from an NBA executive induced a threat of a seven-figure fine.
- NBA teams in search of a free agent point guard are going to find that the shelf is pretty bare.
- Sactown Royalty does a nice survey of small forwards on the market. It's a measurably better field than the point guards, but a menu that's still lacking elite impact players.
- Part Three of the Byran Colangelo report card from Raptors Republic.
- After the Pistons declined to extend a qualifying offer to DaJuan Summers, the young forward signed with Siena in Italy. One of his first stops in his new home? The World War II Memorial.
- The American Century Celebrity Gold Tournament tweets that Michael Jordan will not be allowed to play alongside any active NBA players. (Hat tip: Greg Wiley)
- If you see Sean May driving without a grande coffee in the cup holder, it might be best to pull over.
- Al-Farouq Aminu via Twitter: "I don't need a shirt that says making it rain .... I need one that says I pay bills lol"
It's no secret that Bryan Colangelo is the NBA's patron saint of sartorial specificity. The Raptors GM, inspired by his fashionista Italian wife, long ago ditched the boring old look for something all his own. One of the big features is that distinctive tall collar.
In Bologna, the Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk has tracked those tall collars right to the source. They come from a small boutique called Manifatture all'Orologio:
He buys his custom-cut, French-cuffed duds in batches of 12 or 15, usually a couple of times a year when he's in town on scouting trips. The shirts are made off the premises, in a nearby village by a 60-something grandmother named Luisa. She can cut and sew approximately one shirt a day, and there is no quickening the pace of production. Though the shop employs several shirtmakers, Luisa alone fills all of Colangelo's orders in the interest of continuity.
But it is the 6-foot-3 Colangelo who designs each of his shirts. Possessed of long enough arms to make it difficult to find good-fitting shirts off the rack, he makes his semi-annual pilgrimage for lengthy deliberations over the shop's glass-topped counter. The choices are dizzying. There are about 1,000 weaves of Egyptian cotton on offer, and more than a dozen styles of buttons, from octagonal to square. The GM even picks the colour of thread for around button holes.
"It's the man who makes the clothes," says Pierluigi Stecconi, one of the shop's associates, stepping away from his duties at the buzzing shop yesterday to show a visitor the operation. "His style is very personal style, a colourful style, a very unique style. He has an idea, and he knows what he wants."
(Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)