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SBD/September 30, 2013/Franchises
Raptors Team With Toronto-Born Rapper Drake To Redesign Club's Image
Published September 30, 2013
WINNING BY LOSING? The GLOBE & MAIL's MacLeod writes there are "rumblings that it would be in the best interests" of the Raptors, who have "missed the playoffs for the past five seasons, to shoot for six in order to give themselves an opportunity to get" Univ. of Kansas F Andrew Wiggins in the NBA Draft. MacLeod: "What better way to appease a frustrated fan base [than] with the addition of a homegrown talent who has been one of the most hyped NBA prospects since LeBron James?" Raptors President & GM Masai Ujiri on Friday "would not enter into a discussion involving tanking in sports when asked about it," but offered an "intriguing answer when he was asked how he would feel if the Raptors were to fall into the NBA’s draft lottery in his first year in charge." Ujiri said, "It would be a fantastic season" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/30).
LEAFS LEADER: SPORTSNET.ca's Michael Grange writes this week "begins Leiweke's rookie season," as Raptors training camp opens today and the Maple Leafs' season starts tomorrow night. What the week "really means is that the cement is now dry on Leiweke's status as the man to lead any or all of MLSE's sports teams to the Promised Land." He has "fired some executives (TFC’s Kevin Payne), pushed out others (former Raptors’ president Bryan Colangelo) and had others leave without ceremony (MLSE’s interim president and chief operating officer Tom Anselmi and others within the MLSE hierarchy)." He has "left the Leafs largely untouched." Leiweke after a "whirlwind off-season" is "beginning to settle into his new job and his new life." His family has "joined him in Toronto." Leiweke "can't say" how long "he'll call Toronto home" (SPORTSNET.ca, 9/30).