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Tuesday, May 21
Leiweke: We don't believe Toronto the best place in the NBA for players to go to; we're going to change that.
"That's what shocked me the most: We don't believe [Toronto is] the best place to go to." Need to believe
Leiweke: have talked to players and have been told by players flat out Toronto is their favourite city..where have u heard that before folks
Sounds like organization wants to beef up things where possible, such as state of art facilities. "We've been given green light to explore"
I would also predict that Raptors will/should buy their own D-League franchise.
"We have a great city and a great market to go and get great players." Need to have resources, like a training centre
With new CBA, recruiting is important. Still mostly about contracts and money, but some percentage is going to be about env. and atmosphere
Also, to those harboring fantasies of Chris Paul: Grunwald conceded it's highly unlikely Knicks will get under tax, thus no sign/trades
This wills surprise me - but Grunwald and Woodson said no indication that Kidd won't return. Very positive exit interview.
Leiweke: I would prefer not to make major decsions...when asked about who is acting as "the GM"
“This is not suddenly a hall pass where I believe we have months to make this decision. There is an immediacy that I feel.”
RE: Coach Casey ... Leiweke says that's up to the new GM
At the moment, TL will be leaning on Colangelo and Stefanski to help them making decisions. Would prefer not to make major ones.
News items: Grunwald said he believes Kidd will return. Carmelo will have MRI on shoulder today. No comment on Smith free agency.
Leiweke: We have an ambition to be Canada's team; 2016 All-Star game will be centrepiece of a Raptors rebranding effort.
Leiweke says CANADA is bidding for 2016 All Star Game ... not just Toronto.
Toronto Mounties, eh.
"Re-branding" is a serious issue that Leiweke is talking about. Pushing CANADA's team...not just Toronto. Work to be done he says.
Leiweke: We have had conversations about our brand; our colour our makeup and our uniforms.
Leiweke: The 2016 All-Star game is a flag in the sand
Me: Colangelo can still succeed in Toronto if he re-brands Raptors right. ie. new name and everything. Raptors was and is ridiculous
"Toronto's not bidding on the 2016 all-star game. Canada is."
Things aren't always what they appear to be. Take a step back and read between the lines.
Does anyone know of local stores in Charlotte that sell iPhone microphones (directional) or is that something that's web only?
TL says there have been conversations about uniform, colours, conversations with NBA. Mentions 20th anniversary. Must have 2016 ASG.
Leiweke: We have to learn how to be Canada's team...we have had discussions about colours and branding of our team
"We are Toronto's team, but we have to figure out how to be Canada's team." Have had conversations about brand: colour, makeup, image
Short version of Woodson/Grunwald presser: Great season. Roster good. No major changes needed. Future bright.
Let's be real: Bryan Colangelo is the Raptors' "president," not president.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's Tim Leiweke says on conference call that fate of coach Dwane Casey to be decided by new GM hired by Raps
Leiweke: I dont want to get into disruption ofother teams or ppl...when asked about where perimission has been sought re:other GM's
Mich-ael Gran-geee (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)
TL declines to mention specific names as candidates. "I'll enjoy watching the speculation out there."
Lottery conspiracy theorists: which team is most likely to win No. 1 pick? ORL (lost Howard), SAC (new owner) or CHA (Hornet rebirth)?
Leiweke says the new GM will have final call on all management and coaches
I do not want to be - nor am I qualified to be - the GM. -- Tim Leiweke
All current coaches, management and players' statuses will be up to new GM. Holding pattern.
The Raptors "promoted" Colangelo, give him no bball power, let him pursue other jobs and say he needs to "live with" having no power. Got it
Search firm for a new GM in Toronto was not hired to do the process.. they were hired to help on gaining background informantion
Leiweke Bryan will now help me with GM search ... but it's my search. Search firm is just to help with gathering background on candidates.
Gist of Grunwald/Woodson media session - This is your team. Continuity. Salary cap hell.
"Decision we will try to get done in the near future. Search firm is just doing background, not the process."
Search firm is simply doing background on candidates, says TL.
Carmelo Anthony is having an MRI on his left shoulder today.
A front like of David West, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan? What could possibly go wrong?
Can't interpret tone in print but folks...Leiweke is driving the bus here...no question about it
Leiweke: "I'm doing the search; we're waiting for permission on some GM candidates; others we haven't asked for yet."
Leiweke says he has received permission to speak to some GM candidates and is still seeking permission to speak to others around the league.
Raps have received permission to speak to some candidates, seeking permission for others.
Leiweke says he's doing the search. Search firm stuff isn't entirely accurate.
Leiweke: Bryan will have to take a deep breath at times ...sounds like GM will have the final say and Leiweke says he is doing the search
Tim Leiweke on Bryan Colangelo remaining w/Raptors but w/new GM making decisions: "He’ll have to live that. I hope he can."
Leiweke says Colangelo will have to take a deep breath sometimes; realize that the new GM is in charge.
Leiweke says that if another GM-type job opens up around the league, Colangelo is free to pursue it.
As expected, Colangelo can pursue a new basketball position elsewhere if one comes up.
Carmelo Anthony is having an MRI on his shoulder today.
Colangelo is free to look for another basketball job with another team.
Leiweke: "Bryan is going to have to take a deep breath and realize a GM will have final say. He is going to have to live with that."
Leiweke: "Bryan is going to have to live with this; I hope he can because if he can't we're not going to fire the Toronto Raptors"
“He’s going to have to live with that. I hope he can. If he can’t, I’m fairly certain we’re not going to fire the Toronto Raptors.”
Says Colangelo will have to take a deep breath every once in a while and realize things are different (he isn't boss anymore).
Knicks are over the tax apron so they can acquire someone via sign and trade (no CP3, then). But they can move their own FAs in a S&T.
bit of "unique" situation, but given timing, his choices, "this is in everyone's best interest to make this work."
Leiweke says there's no budget for a new GM; ownership is committed to getting the right man
Raptors Tim Leiweke says "we need a new set of eyes," and that tho BC stays, new G.M. will have "final decision on all basketball issues."
"When people quote people on twitter without attribution."
Leiweke; GM will have the final say on all basketball matters
Sounds like Raptors will be building basketball training facility; one of Colangelo's new responsibilities. Plan was nixed by board in past.
No specific budget for GM. Ownership is committed.
There is no budget (for GM). Ownership very committed to winning. Search for right person, not to fill the slot.
Still looking to land 2016 ASG, expand Raptors presence in Canada considerably
Leiweke :Bryan has a wealth of information...but a new set of eyes is needed
New GM will have "final decision on all basketball-related issues, and they will report to directly to myself."
Tim Leiweke cites "accountability" as one reason Bryan Colangelo is no longer GM. Said Raptors need a "new set of eyes and thinking."
Looking forward to the Mavs claiming the 1st pick in the draft tonight. Good times.
Respects Colangelo. Don't want to just throw that away.
"We have work to do this in the organization. We're not good enough. I still think Bryan can help in a lot of those areas."
Leiweke- keeping Colangelo after meeting with NBA people and spending a day at then NBA office we are trying to have the best of both worlds
Leiweke: "We need a new set of eyes and new thinking."
"There is accountability here. We need a new set of eyes and a new thinking about … how we go forward."
Grunwald on Boeheim's remarks. Said he's so loyal to Melo, that's where remarks stem from.
TL met with basketball people around league, as well as people w/in organization for last 2 weeks.
Grunwald keeps talking about building the core, getting better from within.
Lowe gets the first question. Intruder!
Is the (assumed) Hornets announcement enough of a big deal where people will be congregating anywhere in particular to watch it tonight?
Even if Pistons don't win lottery, IU's Victor Oladipo could fall right in their lap on draft night. I suspect they'll be force again soon.
Would you rather have Avery Bradley or Iman Shumpert?
If you want someone to walk in your office, just fart ... basically guarantees visitors. Same thing goes for elevators.
Woodson said he'll evaluate the situation over the summer but ultimately depends on his health concerning STAT starting next yr
Grunwald said could be minutes restriction on Stoudemire. On his health. "We're hopeful but there's no guarantee."
Woodson said he hasn't made a decision regarding whether Amar'e Stoudemire will start or not next season.
APNewsBreak: Yankees, Manchester City to partner owning NYC MLS team that starts play in 2015
Leiweke said the decision to keep Colangelo as president was solely his own. No pressure from board members.
Cool calm hold hold music on this Raptors conference call. Everything is going to be allllllllright, guys.
Grunwald said Amar'e could be on a minutes restriction next year.
NBA Draft lottery winner prediction: Pistons. They'd take McLemore. And just imagine Knight, McLemore, Monroe & Drummond in a few years.
Glen Grunwald says Knicks salary cap status precludes them from acquiring a player in a sign & trade. So Chris Paul, no. Not even Cliff Paul
I wish BC all the best in his new role..he and his family love Toronto so I'm glad he will continue to raise his children there.
One man's opinion..like MINE--if Raps are smart they find a place in the front office for Jack Armstrong. Knows hoops, city, culture. Do it!
Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, previously worked with Raptors, still has a strong friendship with Bryan Colangelo which could ease possible reunion
Woodson called it "a wonderful season."
Have to think this arrangement will be temporary pending availability of something better for BC going forward elsewhere.
The odds that the Magic win the lottery tonight are worse than Dwight Howard making consecutive free throws (25% vs. 33%). So there's that.
Now that it is "OFFICIAL"…Raps looking for a GM..why Denver would allow Masai to leave is crazy but if they let him walk--grab him. Now!
Stan Van Gundy: “When Dwight has a private meeting with Mitch Kupchak, I don’t know who the source would be... (cont.)"
MLSE announces that at suggestion of the board Leiweke will start on June 3 as opposed to July 1
Should say, BC wasn't down with making those key moves.
There's the rub, BC wasn't down with those key moves
"We have a fine, young core and a few key moves will make us a playoff contender next season.” - Leiweke.
Leiweke expects to name new GM within 30 days.
Did Dwight Howard learn anything about public image and perception from the Orlando disaster?
Official announcement: Colangelo's contract extended as president, out as GM.
One prerequisite for Bobcats changing name back to Hornets: Must keep NOLA Mardi Gras unis.
Yes, it's utterly shocking that after Dwight's antics over the past year, D'Antoni looked to Kobe and Nash for leadership instead. SHOCKING.
Raptors say search for new GM is underway, and Maple Leaf Sports/Entertainment president/CEO Tim Leiweke expects to name GM within 30 days.
Leiweke now starting on job June 3 instead of July 1 at suggestion of board.
Grunwald said the knicks can't acquire anyone in a sign and trade. Said the focus is on continuing to build the core.
Grunwald said it sounds like Jason Kidd will be back with the Knicks after talking to him at his exit meeting yesterday.
Raptors expect to name new GM in next 30 days
Grunwald said Kidd indicated he was coming back.
Raptors release: Colangelo extended as pres, reports directly to Leiweke. New GM will have final authority on bball related matters
The last 10 years, the team who won the #1 overall pick was previously slated to draft: 4th, 8th, 5th, 3rd, 9th, 6th, 5th, 6th, 1st and 2nd
Since the Bobcats were named after former owner Bob Johnson, they should be renamed Jumpmen.
After the lottery we'll have a good idea of who the top pick is. Noel still the favorite for most teams but McLemore, Oladipo, & Burke in it
Historically speaking Charlotte and Minnesota fans shouldn't get their hopes up and Blazers fans probably don't want to be 1st or 2nd.
History says Cleveland is the favorite to win as the 3rd slot in the Lottery has won the most frequently.
This is a lot of white noise that basically means a new person will be making the decisions that the fans care about.
After last summer I predicted the Magic would win the Lottery this year continuing the trend of teams losing stars winning the NBA Lottery.
The Raptors are keeping Bryan Colangelo because he knows all the best Portugese chicken places.
And hey, if we run out of time on the air, I'll shoot you an answer back here. Or not.
Colangelo's role as Raptors president will include consulting to Leiweke on basketball but also expanding Raptors footprint nationally. /3
New Raptors GM will have final say on draft, trades, contracts, coach etc. /2
Bryan Colangelo will be staying on with the Raptors is the role of president; new GM will report directly to Leiweke /1
SPOELSTRA: "Miami was never considered a big-market team until we put together this team, so it shows you can change perspective." Agree?
Colangelo call at Noon should be just as interesting
Tim Leiweke and Bryan Colangelo will have separate media conference calls today to discuss the Raptors' management restructuring.
Early morning gym … motivation? How about the fact that I can stop and get food on the way?
Re: "fired upward." Bryan wanted to continue to have GM job. He won't. This is not his preferred role.
And Bryan Colangelo will have a conference call at noon.
Being spoonfed information from the team you blog for isn't that impressive @netsdaily
Correction, no presser, but conference call at 11
Raps holding a conference call at 11 am to discuss changes to organization. Leiweke will be on it.
So, if BC is in NYC representing the Raps tonight, he'll essentially be doing so on the day he was fired (upward). Absurdity.
Raptors will be doing a release not a presser today
Hearing the Raps' official announcement on Colangelo will come shortly. All indications are a new role on biz side, open GM spot.
When discussing Amare quagmire, never forget that Knicks picked up Billups' $14M option at end of '10-11 and amnestyed him before '11-12.
Expect an official announcement regarding the end of the Colangelo era shortly.
... Just like we all assumed would be the case back in training camp in October right...
Knicks 2013 postseason: K-Mart outplayed Chandler, Prigioni badly outplayed Kidd, & Copeland scored more than Amar'e, Novak & Camby combined
See speculation NYK could "stretch" Amar'e. Only contracts signed under new CBA can be stretched. Amar'e deal pre-dates new CBA.
My favorite part of this Knicks postmortem so far is the people asking if They can trade Amar'e. Yeah, no
It's not a big deal, and the Raps only move up in 2.5% of scenarios. But, all this has done is delayed everything, is the point.
SVG: “I sort of laugh a little bit on jobs I supposedly interviewed for... but no job offers and I have not interviewed anywhere.”
brb hiring head-hunting firm to tell me top breakfast options.
The worst NBA lottery fate was suffered by T-Wolves, who had best odds in '93 but didn't land Shaq or Mourning. Got Laettner.
Like — what if Raps do finish top 3 in lottery tonight. Then they have no GM and a coach in limbo.
Jim Boeheim today ripped Carmelo Anthony's Knicks teammates for underachieving. And Boeheim knows underachieving.
In his first major act in charge of MLSE, Tim Leiweke has not covered himself in glory. This should have been done cleaner and more quickly.
So there's a reason for those teams w/ openings being patient.
5 legit head coaching candidates (for the several openings) w/ the 4 teams still playing: Fizdale, Shaw, Hollins, Joerger, Budenholzer.
NBA lottery is tonight, a good time to remind you the Bobcats have never kept a lottery pick longer than 5 years.
So, for all the waiting, MLSE is still going to effectively fire BC and still not have a replacement quite lined up. great that they waited.
Lots of talk about Garnett coming off the Celtics' books soon. Rondo comes off at the same time.
Rajon Rondo ($12 million) is signed for more money than Kevin Garnett ($11.5 million) next season.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) _ Medical examiner's office revises death toll from Oklahoma tornado to at least 24.
just a small bear romping through our yard in Auburn last night. (cover your sodas, Dewie loves sugar) http://t.co/kFe9joK2PC
Not absolving BC; his mistakes are many and well-known; but no single thing he did outweighs fact the No.1 pick in 2006 sucked. /6
Being a GM is like gambling -- you're going to lose, but big wins cover up mistakes. If Bargnani was a player today's story is different 5/
The Pistons will pick in the lottery for the fourth straight year, the longest stretch in franchise history.
He made errors, BUT: There is no 'sin' of Colangelo's that Bargnani couldn't have fixed if he was/wanted to be good as Dirk or Pau. /4
If the Raptors pick is not in the top three, it will go to Oklahoma City (via Houston).
The Kings will be making their seventh straight lottery selection, the longest active streak.
Refuse to care about Dwight Howard. A motto for our generation.