As the Toronto Raptors' season continues to lurch toward what most certainly will be an unhappy, if not just, conclusion, general manager Rob Babcock is not about to engage in any "I told you so" discussions.
The Raptors' rookie GM never set the playoffs as the team's goal for his inaugural season after he was handed the keys to the foundering franchise last June.
Still, it was somewhat surprising to hear Babcock, after a season chock full of controversy and intrigue -- the latest being that he and first-year coach Sam Mitchell are feuding over personnel decisions -- insist that the Raptors have met his expectations this season.
"Actually, the team's performing about as well as I thought it would," Babcock said in an interview on Saturday before his team beat the bottom-feeding Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta 109-104.
Babcock said he has been pleased with the job that Mitchell has done with the team.
And he shot down reports that he and his coach have not been seeing eye to eye as of late pertaining to the development of Rafael Araujo, the struggling Brazilian rookie, who recently found his way back to the bench after 37, mostly unsatisfactory, starts at centre.