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Raptors To Build $30M Practice Facility, As Leiweke Makes Good On Promise To Ujiri
Published August 25, 2014
MAN ON A MISSION: SPORTSNET's Michael Grange wrote getting a practice facility done "was nearly an obsession for Leiweke, because it was a 'must-have' for Ujiri and essential to being a model NBA franchise." It was "one of the first things they talked about" when they met at Leiweke’s Vail, Colo. home "in the early stages of the wooing" that ended with Ujiri leaving the Nuggets to become Raptors GM (SPORTSNET.ca, 8/22). Meanwhile, the CP's Ewing noted Toronto FC F Jermain Defoe "was surprised by the news" of Leiweke leaving MLSE. Defoe: "He was a massive part of bringing me here." TFC coach Ryan Nelsen said that the organization "is much better off for having Leiweke -- even if for a short time." Nelsen: "Tim came in with an idea of what he wanted to do, and in that time, he’s put his fingerprint on this organization, hasn’t he, in such a fantastic way." Asked if he was disappointed in Leiweke's brief stint with MLSE, Nelsen said, "Not at all. He’s no disappointment at all" (CP, 8/22).