On working with the brash Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
ďAs a leader, for me, I love it. What else can he do? Is he supposed to go sit in his office and just manage us? He has to challenge us. He has to challenge the organization and the people that work for him Ö Heís engaging. You just walk into his office and youíre fired up. Thatís just his nature. Itís not something that you see that heís just saying in the paper. He acts it. He treats people that work for him well. We love that.ĒOn what he expects from the Raptors
ďThe team has to play. Thatís the plan. The team has to play for us to make an assessment of where we feel they are. What part of the season can [we draw conclusions]? I donít know. I donít know how long it will take. Weíre going to assess every game. Ö I really canít say this team is going to be fourth or seventh or 12th. I canít do that. I want us to have growth, big-time growth, and improvement so that we can actually know what we have on this team. And then we can move from there. Right now I donít think we know what we have? Have guys reached their potential? Have guys reached their peak? Have guys levelled out? Can guys get better? Are guys going to get worse? You have to give them the opportunity now.ĒOn the similar skill sets of DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay
ďThey both have parts of their games that I think they have to work on in order to play well with each other. I think theyíve put in the work this summer. Are they similar? Yes. Is it because they take a lot of mid-range jumpers ó I think thatís the perception, or thatís what it is. I think theyíll get better at it. They are young in some ways. What you find with those kinds of players, what weíre saying is wrong with them, you can teach. What they have, you canít teach. Theyíre athletes. Theyíre long. Theyíre agile. I feel that thereís a chance that they can get better. Weíre going to see if this will happen.Ēhttp://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/09/27/unplugged/On the role of advanced statistical analysis in team building
ďItís a great part of the game to know. I think the NBA is trendy. I donít want to say itís the trend now. But thatís the nature of us. I think analytics are a huge part. We have a good department that studies the game that way. I study the game that way. With the NBA, thatís just how it is. One day itís high-school players. The next day itís international players. Another day itís the big three. The next day is analytics. Our job is to find out whatís the next thing that is going to be advantageous to us and contribute to winning.Ē
Lots of good talking points in here. A few more on the link.