A few news tidbits to pass along on an otherwise gorgeous Tuesday afternoon in Toronto.

1. Raptors have Bruno Caboclo (205 pounds) on a special diet

Let’s not read too much into this. Most pro-athletes are on ridiculous diets to bulk up or slim down. For the record, 6,000 calories is equivalent to more than 15 McDonald’s Junior Chicken sandwiches, and given that Bruno is just 19 years old, it’s not entirely impossible that he’s meeting his quota by chowing down on some McDicks.

2. Tim Leiweke might flee for warmer weather

There’s conflicting reports on this, but CBC’s Elliot Friedman (and other outlets too) is reporting that Tim Leiweke is looking to leave Toronto and return to Los Angeles. Word is, it has to do with weather. That makes sense — after all, who moves from Los Angeles to Toronto? It’s almost always the other way around.

Leiweke flatly denied the rumor, so there’s that too. I’d elaborate and update the story, but I’m on my way to work. Sam, Zarar or Blake will be around to pass along relevant information as they emerge.

Just as a passing note, losing Leiweke will certainly be a huge downer for the Raptors and MLSE. In only a year’s time, the Raptors have greatly improved in standing, both on the court and in terms of public perception. He helped bring Masai Ujiri back to the franchise, got us hooked on that Drizzy Drake and won the bid for the 2016 All-Star game. Most importantly, his skills as an account man rivaled that of Roger Sterling and Pete Campbell combined, as evidenced by the acquisitions made by TFC, Maple Leafs and Raptors. Let’s hope it’s just a rumor.

Just talked to Tim Leiweke re: rumours he’s leaving MLSE: “It’s not true. 100 per cent not true. I’m fully committed to the season at hand.”

  • MoPeteRules

    This was my mental dialogue while reading this article :

    Oh my god Leiweke is leaving! That’s unfortunate. Aw he hates the weather, yeah I don’t like it either so, sure maybe that’s a reason to leave but still, weird to leave just because of weather. Maybe he doesn’t believe in the Raptors, Leafs and TFC. Yeah I bet he doesn’t that’s why he’s leaving! That dick! What a dick Tim Leiweke is.

    Oh wait he’s not leaving. Well I’m gonna go have a poop.

  • Danny Tam

    Didn’t he always say he would leave in 2015/16 anyway?

    • Gman

      Chowing down on some mcdicks :) lol

  • Gary Slippoy

    Leaving the ice cold winter of a Toronto for Los Angeles. C’mon who in there right mind would do that?

  • Truth Teller

    Doesn’t matter imo. CEO doesn’t really change the team or squad on the floor, look at the Maple Leafs. THey still suck.

    • hyperdouche

      No way, it’s amazing how he breathed new life into the organisation, focussed on winning not just on returning favours for other business associates, etc.

      Not saying it’s true everywhere, but if you get a good CEO who has a vision and green lights spending money (We The North, Drake, new practice facility, Rochester RazorSharks, putting mediocrity on notice, the list kind of goes on…) it has a trickle-down effect. Often imitated, rarely duplicated, this is why the leadership role exists, there’s just so few people who actually excel in it.

      Lewieke is the real MVP!

      • Truth Teller

        I said squad not atmosphere, pr and front office work. I’m sure hes a good CEO, but even if he leaves its not like Masai will become a bad gm.

        • johng_3

          He brought Masai. If it wasn’t for Tim we have no all-star game, no Masai and the Raps getting a new practice facility.

        • hyperdouche

          I disagree with you again. Look at Milwaukee for a recent situation where head office got involved in the product on the floor. Not saying Larry Drew was coach of the year, but the new owner had a relationship with Jason Kidd and brought him over – as a head coach, JK is not a proven commodity. This happens all the time. Leiweke again is the type of leader who focusses on what he’s good at (marketing, relationships) and delegates what he doesn’t know.

          To your point, no, Ujiri wouldn’t suddenly become a bad GM if TL left but there could suddenly be a lot of BS in the way of Casey and MU just getting the job done.

  • GoingBig

    Baseless speculation upon baseless speculation

    He’s going to L.A. to put together a L.A. NFL franchise

    Magic Johnson – http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24658871/magic-johnson-la-will-have-nfl-team-in-next-two-years

    Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross – http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000354876/article/stephen-ross-la-to-certainly-get-team-in-five-years

    Ice Cube says Los Angeles won’t get an NFL team ‘until everybody gets a new stadium’

  • noname

    well, shit really hit the fan in the dog days of august…that makes perfect sense.

  • Jake

    I agree that it would be a shame to lose him, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure the weather here is the worst. That said, if he does leave, and weather is the “reason”, I call total BS.

  • Eunys

    Tired of this Weather reason!!! Toronto is not that colder than NYC or Chicago : yet nobody ever says they leaving NYC to LA for the climate…..BS!!!

  • ckh26

    Seriously. Leiweke is a world class gas bag. This dude blows more hot air than Olivia Chow and Rob Ford combined. If he goes he goes. The reasons… The weather ? The metric system ? Bad toilet training ? Not to worry another suit will be in place inside of 3 months

    • Smh

      He said its NOT TRUE, dude. Calm down. Smfh

      • ckh26

        I am calm SMH. Wait till i get worked up !
        I will give you 10 to 1 that the prince of smarm is gone by Thanksgiving. Ours, not theirs.

  • A_Magic_Head
  • IROR

    re: Leiweke. He could very well be eyeing the door, but he might not walk through it for another year or more. I don’t see him leaving until at least the start of the 2015 NBA/NHL seasons. Still lots that can be accomplished in that time.

    Also wouldn’t call this baseless, as Friedman has a stellar reputation for breaking stories and would not just put this out there because it’s the dog days of August.

  • johng_3

    It wouldn’t even make sense if the weather was the reason for him to leave. With everything he has preached about why FAs should be coming to Toronto, this reason would be strange.

  • mike, prague

    So what the hell are we supposed to think? I know it’s from this same guy as above but …
    Is he done here in May/June 2015?


  • Bendit

    Looking for a bump in salary maybe?

  • Hassan Mehmood Khan

    would be a big loss but I dont get it if your rich why do you care about the weather im sure he doesnt have to shovel or walk anywhere .

  • Tbird

    He’s now confirmed it a day later!

  • leonidas

    He (TL) is tired of the infighting between Bell & Rogers. That’s why he’s leaving.