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Thread: Tim Leiwke sits down with McLean's magazine and causes a tingle around the equator

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    Default Tim Leiwke sits down with McLean's magazine and causes a tingle around the equator

    Q: Is there one of those teams you think should be your priority coming in?

    A: My number 1 passion at AEG was always the Kings, so the Maple Leafs are obviously a brand that gets me very excited, but I think they probably are further along than the other two teams. The Raptors are the team that needs the most help: they haven’t been in the playoffs in six years and I think that’s a trend that we have to change. So I’ll probably spend more time on the Raptors to begin with, but from a passion standpoint, I love the National Hockey League. One of the major reasons I took this is the platform that is the Maple Leafs, and I can’t even imagine what’s going to happen when we win that Stanley Cup. And that’s our goal.
    Q: I know you haven’t had a chance to really delve into the Raptors yet, but as someone who knows basketball, what do you think the problem is with that organization?

    A: Well, I guess I look at it differently, which is: what do I think the opportunity is with that organization? And what I know is there are 36 million-plus potential fans for the Raptors, which gives it the largest single fan base in the NBA. It has the most upside of any team in the NBA, and now we just have to build a vision and a business plan to attack that. And some of that is going to require success on the hardwood, and some of that is going to require us thinking outside the box and rebuilding that brand in the rest of Canada, as well as in Toronto.
    Q: You worked closely with Phil Jackson in L.A., and his name is now being bandied about. Is he the type of person who can help you fix the situation?

    A: Well, I think it’s nice to throw Phil’s name out there, but he’s newly engaged and his fiancée lives in L.A. He has grandkids now. So I think that although Phil will certainly be—and has been—someone I’ve gone to for advice and input, I don’t think people should expect he is going to be the saviour. We have a current GM, Bryan [Colangelo]. So, first and foremost, I need to go spend time with Bryan before we can define problems, solutions and answers. Phil Jackson knows the city well, by the way—he has a bunch of Canadians in his family, so he’s very partial to Toronto and wants the Raptors to have success. But I don’t want people to think he is going to ride in on a white horse and fix this. It’s not that easy.
    I find this whole paragraph contradictory. On one hand he has family in LA. On the other hand he has Canadian family, he likes Toronto, he wants to see the Raptors succeed.... but is the 2nd last sentence foreshadowing? It sounds as if Phil Jackson is coming at some point in the near future. I think Bryan Shaw not being hired by Detroit will be like throwing a jug of gasoline on a fire on the Raptor-Jackson talk.

    Oh yeah, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Leiweke is looking for problems, solutions, and answers while Colangelo is doing more circles than a spin class describing how Gay and DeRozan have set the foundation for a championship team.

    Q: MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum says one of the problems for all the teams is attracting top-flight free agents; that, in some ways, Toronto is a well-kept secret. What can you do to change that?

    A: I never thought I was a top free agent in the business sense, but it seems that the media thought that, and I did have a lot of other opportunities and I turned them all down to come to Toronto. I said “no” to the other offers because I see the future here. Now we have to convey that enthusiasm. MLSE has a new salesman and a new chief spokesman and a new Energizer bunny whose job is to go out and make people understand this is a great city, it’s a great organization. We’re going to put that to work for us and make sure this is a place that, when people think of New York, of L.A., they’re going to think of Toronto, too, as one of the great destinations for players.

    Q: You’ve said you’re most interested in creating a championship mentality. How do you do that?

    A: Well, I was blessed to be a part of the Lakers organization, so I learned about a championship mentality and environment from Dr. Jerry Buss and from Jerry West and from Phil Jackson, and I studied that, I consumed that, and we built that into everything else we did at AEG. There was an expectation within our organization to win championships, and that’s what we have to do now with all of the teams in the Maple Leaf Sports family. I think, first and foremost, it’s hard work and being dedicated to doing what it takes to win. It’s all you think about. We are going to absolutely put those trophies front and centre and say, “Now, what do we have to do to win ’em?”
    Q: Is there anything in particular that you’re going to do to try and sound out the fans, or to interact with them?

    A: Go sit with them. I bought season tickets with the Kings and sat in the bowl with the fans and heard what they said, good and bad. They’re going to see me, they’re going to hear from me. I will try to understand what they’re thinking about, and they will have access to me. I’ve been in sports my whole life, so I’m not your typical CEO who sits in the tower; I will get involved. And my guess is, I’ll have an even more passionate group of fans than we had in L.A.

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/03/o...o-for-the-cup/
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    He may not want to hear what some raptor fans have to say!

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    I think he doesnt want to commit to Phil (backstepping) yet doesn't want to destroy all hope (foreshadowing)
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    What I like his how he talked about bringing Toronto into the top tier of sports destinations, as it should be. Toronto has been a second class citizen in the sports world for too long, for no good reason.

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    Quote white men can't jump wrote: View Post
    What I like his how he talked about bringing Toronto into the top tier of sports destinations, as it should be. Toronto has been a second class citizen in the sports world for too long, for no good reason.
    Other than poor decisions and inept management.
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
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    except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.

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    Hes saying all the right things and by right things the word "championships" just sounds incredible, every time he says it I feel all fuzzy and warm then I gotta go change my underwear.....

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    Quote Rapstor4Life wrote: View Post
    Hes saying all the right things and by right things the word "championships" just sounds incredible, every time he says it I feel all fuzzy and warm then I gotta go change my underwear.....
    you might be incontinent

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Other than poor decisions and inept management.
    Yeah....not a good reason, IMO. I am taking a subjective view to the reasons. It is a valid reason, but a terrible one.

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    "I find this whole paragraph contradictory."

    I don't know what you see as contradictory in all that. What I see in all this is:

    "Well, I think it’s nice to throw Phil’s name out there, but he’s newly engaged and his fiancée lives in L.A. He has grandkids now. So I think that although Phil will certainly be—and has been—someone I’ve gone to for advice and input, I don’t think people should expect he is going to be the saviour. "

    Right away, he's yeah great to toss around Phil's name, but CAUTION: he's deeply rooted in LA, engaged to Jeannie Buss, whose entire life is in LA, as his life is (most of his children are rooted in LA, as well as his grandchildren. that's all an awful lot to leave behind to spend full winters so far away in Toronto). So, while I'll be seeking out Phil for advice and input, as I have before, he's not going to be a full time Raptor saviour.

    "Phil Jackson knows the city well, by the way—he has a bunch of Canadians in his family, so he’s very partial to Toronto and wants the Raptors to have success. But I don’t want people to think he is going to ride in on a white horse and fix this. It’s not that easy."

    That he has Canadian family, and likes the city, so he has a little personal interest in seeing the Raps succeed, but he reiterates that one should not expect that Phil is riding in on the white horse to save the day.

    "but is the 2nd last sentence foreshadowing?"

    The only foreshadowing I'm seeing in all this is that he expects to get some input and advice from PJ, as he has in the past, but that he expects that PJ WILL NOT be a full time employee of the Raps. I could be wrong, but in my opinion, that's what seems to be coming across rather clearly.
    Last edited by p00ka; Sat May 4th, 2013 at 04:50 PM.

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    The Mcleans article is a total rehash of the radio interview lol

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    Quote thead wrote: View Post
    you might be incontinent
    Lol I just died.

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    Do I need to feel something?

    Just another day without Raptors basketball..

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    a well spoken man.

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    Words are easily spoken, but actions are hard to pull off. We'll see if he can pull off all he has said and make Toronto and Raptors fans proud!

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    "We’re going to put that to work for us and make sure this is a place that, when people think of New York, of L.A., they’re going to think of Toronto, too, as one of the great destinations for players." - This guy is one upping Colangelo in the salesman department

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    You guys are putting to much thought into this guy turning stuff around. The leafs as of now are a playoff team and winning team. The raptors are on there way there to, this guy is going to come in and take all the credit for it. Just like Nonis for the leafs, that was Brian's build. Now Nonis is getting all the credit for it and Leiwke will to as soon as he takes his spot. These two guys really didn't have much to do with it.

    All I am saying is Leiwke is coming in at a good time, all the toronto teams are really on there way to being turned around. He has his work cut out for him, that is all.

    If you really disagree please enlighten me.

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    Quote Canmanxl wrote: View Post
    You guys are putting to much thought into this guy turning stuff around. The leafs as of now are a playoff team and winning team. The raptors are on there way there to, this guy is going to come in and take all the credit for it. Just like Nonis for the leafs, that was Brian's build. Now Nonis is getting all the credit for it and Leiwke will to as soon as he takes his spot. These two guys really didn't have much to do with it.

    All I am saying is Leiwke is coming in at a good time, all the toronto teams are really on there way to being turned around. He has his work cut out for him, that is all.

    If you really disagree please enlighten me.
    It would appear Colangelo has achieved his goal of setting the expectation bar of Raptor fans to an all time low where the ceiling of the Atlanta Hawks is acceptable.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    It would appear Colangelo has achieved his goal of setting the expectation bar of Raptor fans to an all time low where the ceiling of the Atlanta Hawks is acceptable.
    Gotta stop being so negative, all this Colangelo hate is really unnecessary. And when you get into the playoffs anything could happen. We would have had a better chance against Miami than the Bucks, we played Miami well all season. Remember this little discussion next year when we are playing better ball and making a playoff run. I just know what we have constructed compared to the rest of the NBA is capable of making the playoffs. We are a couple decent pieces away, so stop making it seem like we are so far away.

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    Quote Canmanxl wrote: View Post
    Gotta stop being so negative, all this Colangelo hate is really unnecessary. And when you get into the playoffs anything could happen. We would have had a better chance against Miami than the Bucks, we played Miami well all season. Remember this little discussion next year when we are playing better ball and making a playoff run. I just know what we have constructed compared to the rest of the NBA is capable of making the playoffs. We are a couple decent pieces away, so stop making it seem like we are so far away.
    So far away from what?

    Again, if playoffs is your goal. Awesome. Raptors might be there next year. However they still only went 30-29 AFTER their hardest part of the year was over.

    The bold sentence is an absolute joke. You are kidding right? We would have had a better chance IF WE MADE THE PLAYOFFS! The team who made the playoffs and played Miami beat Toronto 3-0 this season by an average of 12 points.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    The bold sentence is an absolute joke. You are kidding right? We would have had a better chance IF WE MADE THE PLAYOFFS! The team who made the playoffs and played Miami beat Toronto 3-0 this season by an average of 12 points.
    Reminds me of Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite:

    "How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains? Well, if coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we’d have been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind. You better believe things had been different. I’d have gone pro in a heartbeat. I’d be making millions of dollars and living in a big ol’ mansion somewhere, soaking it up in a hot tub with my soul mate."
    your pal,
    ebrian

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