Raptors will be in safe hands after Tim Leiweke leaves

The Raptors released photos of their proposed new practice facility which will feature offices for...

The Raptors released photos of their proposed new practice facility which will feature offices for their entire staff as well as training areas for players.

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

TORONTO - Tim Leiweke and Masai Ujiri did their best Friday to convince Raptors fans that the sky is not falling despite Leiweke’s impending departure as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment boss.

The thinking goes that Leiweke, a noted backer of the Raptors and basketball, boosted the franchise in a way the next MLSE head honcho will not be inclined to duplicate and that will lead to a decline.

Not so, said both Leiweke and Ujiri in a meeting with the Sun in Leiweke’s office that included discussion about the team’s new practice facility at Exhibition Place.

“We’re not going backwards. The fact we’re sitting here talking about a $32-million investment, clearly the (MLSE) board has bought in to Masai and the Raptors,” Leiweke said.


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