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September 12, 2014 Updates

Masai Ujiri: I spoke to Danny myself about this. He started off by apologizing to Luol. He apologized to me and apologized for any insult he’d offered to African people in general. He explained the incident as best he could to me. There are some things about that conversation I would like to keep between the two of us, but I came away feeling like I’d understood what he had to say. Here is what I have to say: I have no idea what is happening in the Atlanta Hawks organization, but I do know how the scouting world works. We all have different ways of sharing information about players and different vocabularies to do so. It crossed a line here. That said, we are all human. We are all vulnerable. We all make mistakes. Toronto Globe & Mail

September 11, 2014 Updates

Masai Ujiri: I have no idea what is happening in the Atlanta Hawks organization, but I do know how the scouting world works. We all have different ways of sharing information about players and different vocabularies to do so. It crossed a line here. That said, we are all human. We are all vulnerable. We all make mistakes. You discover a person’s true character in their ability to learn from and then move on from those mistakes. One of the truly important things we must learn is how to forgive. Danny’s mistake will remain tied to him for a long time. What he’s said can’t be unsaid, but we must measure his heart. If he has made an honest, isolated error, we should forgive and move on. Toronto Globe & Mail

Jonas Valanciunas gave DeMarcus Cousins an elbow to the throat while boxing out. Boogie reacted and almost punched Valanciunas in the back of the head. Cousins got a technical. Valanciunas got… to watch his back when the Raptors play the Kings next season. Amazingly, this can be considered restraint and a sign of maturity on the part of Boogie Cousins. A year ago, he might have thrown a punch. Make no mistake, the FIBA officials are decidedly bad. USA leads 43-35 at the half. The Big Lead

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Going into his 10th season, Williams wants to feel part of something. Joining a hardworking Raptors team has given him a renewed feeling of purpose. “I think one of the best benefits of it is being in a position where you feel wanted,” Williams said. “When they traded for me and had the conversation, they want me here. It wasn’t a money thing. It wasn’t just something to do. They felt they had a void they needed to fill coming off the bench and I’m excited to help. I feel wanted. I feel like I have a responsibility with this basketball team and that’s the best way I can operate.” NBA.com

You work a lot with the young guys. Who do you expect to have a breakout season this year? Bill Bayno: T-Ross and Jonas are still in that stage of their careers where they have a lot of room for improvement. I think they will continue to grow. I think both of those guys can be All-Stars. We drafted Bruno Caboclo, who I think has a tremendous future, but this year it will be hard for him to break in because we have our Top 10 coming back. We're going to work hard to develop him. He's a great kid, he's got a bright future, really listens and learns, has a high basketball IQ. So he's the one guy to watch but I don't think it's his time yet to have a breakout year with the way our roster's shaped up. HoopsHype

This past season there were a few assistant coaches that were fired or demoted in the middle of the season – Lawrence Frank, Brian Scalabrine... As a high-profile assistant coach yourself, how do you navigate those waters between really saying and doing what you want to do without stepping on anybody else's toes? Bill Bayno: Staff chemistry is so important. I've always said that if I, as an assistant, can't get along with the other assistants, or can't be able to agree to disagree, then I'm being disloyal to the head coach and the organization. I don't know what happened over those places, but I think the biggest thing is that you can't have an ego. It has to be about the team. HoopsHype

Have you coached anybody in the NBA that you could tell was going through the same problems that you had? Bill Bayno: Yeah, I've had many players. I think was able to help them. It's everywhere, there's very few families in the United States that don't have an alcoholic in their family or a friend or a distant relative... It's there, it's a big part of human being's DNA. I've had a bunch [of NBA players]. In any segment of society, certain percentage are going to have the alcoholic gene, and I've always tried to help those guys, and in many cases I have. How could you tell? Bill Bayno: It's easy. If you're an alcoholic, you know one when you see one the first day you see him hungover because you see yourself. You see it in their eyes, in their body language, in their behaviour. I can say that was me. An alcoholic knows an alcoholic when he sees one. HoopsHype

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The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year. The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. Leiweke, who joined the group in April 2013, says he plans to own and operate his own business. In his short tenure, Leiweke helped Toronto land the 2016 NBA All-Star game, fired Toronto FC's president and general manager Kevin Payne and brought in former star player Brendan Shanahan as president of the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs last spring, but the Raptors returned to the postseason for the first time in six years. Toronto FC is in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. NBA.com

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