Who will lead Raptors?

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Leadership, or more precisely the lack of same in the Raptors locker room, was a popular topic of conversation Monday as the team held its annual media day event on the eve of the 16th training camp in team history.

"The leader has yet to be determined," head coach Jay Triano said. "That is something we are going to have to see through training camp. It doesn't have to be the guy who talks the most."

Amid plenty of suggestions that there wasn't a de facto leader at all last season, Triano said he isn't even sure any one player necessarily has to take the role.

"I don't know if somebody has to do it, but if they don't it becomes the responsibility of the coaches," he said.

Linas Kleiza, who was the on-court and off-court leader of the bronze-medal winning Lithuanian team this summer at the worlds believes it will eventually be a shared role, although like Triano he said he would wait and see how things shake out during training camp.

"We've got a lot of good guys on the team," Kleiza said. "We've got some younger guys but we've got some older guys too. I think that role will be spread out."


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