Tim Leiweke was a good leader for Raptors

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, global ambassador Drake and MLSE boss Tim Leiweke. (QMI Agency/Files)

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, global ambassador Drake and MLSE boss Tim Leiweke. (QMI Agency/Files)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 PM ET

TORONTO - It is hard to imagine the Raptors not being worse off in the post-Tim Leiweke era, no matter who replaces the departing company boss.

You might not have liked the brashness, the bold talk and salesmanship favoured by Leiweke, who will leave his post as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s president and CEO by next June — if not sooner — but you cannot deny that the Raptors took major steps forward with Leiweke at the helm.

At the micro level, Leiweke headed a full-court press to land Masai Ujiri, regarded as one of the NBA’s premier executives. Sure, Ujiri has had some luck, but he has also showed foresight and has put the initial touches on a team that returned to the playoffs for the first time in six years, while still fielding an improving roster filled with players 25 (DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Patterson) and under (Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross, Bruno Caboclo).


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