Keeping Colangelo dysfunctional move for Raptors

The last time a similar situation arose at MLSE, the Leafs hired John Ferguson Jr. to replace...

The last time a similar situation arose at MLSE, the Leafs hired John Ferguson Jr. to replace outgoing GM Pat Quinn, who stuck around to coach the hockey team. Things didn't work out then, and likely won't now with the Raptors. (Mark O'Neill/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

Tim Leiweke was quite clear: Bryan Colangelo is “ticked off” at him for what essentially is a firing and a demotion to an honourary title of president that doesn’t really mean president at all.

Colangelo was just as clear in his conference call an hour later: “I’m not ticked off. I’m a little disappointed.”

And so it begins, the he-said, he-said chapter of your Toronto Raptors, the yin and the yang, the twisting interpretations and latest awkward managerial machinations for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., which has gone this route previously. Just in another form.

And that was long before Leiweke came in with all his reputation, primarily to take this shell of a basketball franchise and make it matter — here, in Canada, around the NBA, somewhere.

Leiweke, who officially begins as CEO on June 3, said the Raptors haven’t done a good enough job in becoming Canada’s team.

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