Thursday , Jan , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors fire Babcock

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors fired general manager Rob
Babcock on Thursday.

Babcock was relieved of his duties in just the second year of his contract.

The Raptors have lost three in a row and the team’s continued poor play in a
104-88 Wednesday night thrashing at the hands of the Chicago Bulls was the
last straw in Babcock’s disappointing tenure north of the border.

The loss to Chicago dropped Toronto’s record to 14-29 on the season.

Babcock was heavily criticized for failing to get much in return when he
traded disgruntled superstar Vince Carter last season.

He was also vilified for signing enigmatic point guard Rafer Alston and
drafting underachieving center Rafael Araujo with the eighth pick in the 2005
NBA draft.

The Raptors finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive
year in Babcock’s inaugural season with the team.

Babcock arrived in Toronto after spending 12 seasons with the Minnesota
Timberwolves, including the last two as vice president of player personnel.