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TORONTO - For over four weeks, Tim Leiweke, the incoming Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, has been mulling his options regarding the fate of now former Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo. Arizona Cardinals Josh Rosen Jersey . The decision, as we understood it, revolved around two opposing would-be directions. Option A: retain Colangelo, allowing him to finish what he started in the final (option) year of his contact. Option B: cut ties with the two-time Executive of the Year, moving on from his largely disappointing seven-year tenure at the helm of a perennially underperforming Toronto franchise. In true MLSE fashion, the chosen path was found through a hidden door number three, the unanticipated and even bewildering Option C. On Tuesday, 25 days after Leiweke was introduced as CEO, Colangelo was officially stripped of his GM title and retained as the teams president. "I admire and respect Bryan and his passion and loyalty for the Raptors and for Toronto," Leiweke stated in a conference call Tuesday morning. "I think hes actually done a good job with that and on that area, I give him high marks." "On basketball, I think we all know that there is great debate about decisions made in the last eight years and, in particular, in the last five years, not making the playoffs. So theres accountability here and we need a new set of eyes and a new thinking towards how we, from a basketball standpoint, go forward. So the decision was made to try to get the best of both worlds if at all humanly possible." Colangelos condensed role under the MLSE umbrella can certainly be considered an unexpected turn of events, not because its entirely unprecedented, but in the way it convolutes the big picture. Under Leiweke, the former boss of sports super power AEG, the future was presumed to bring clarity, stability and a certain decisiveness that had been lacking atop this franchise since its inception. That still may be the case, its far too early to make any overzealous long-term judgments, but this is not a promising start. "We had a short window," Leiweke acknowledged. "I know some people think it took too long but two weeks was a bit of a process trying to get that done. Once we accumulated that information, the decision was made to try to make sure that we protect the best interest of the organization going forward." This has been a long, drawn-out process, handled poorly from the moment it began to take shape. Anything but decisive. When Leiweke -- who wont officially take his post until June 3, moved up from July 1 -- accepted the job, it became immediately clear he was not going to sit on his hands, change was on its way. Shortly after, the names of potential replacements began to circulate, from Phil Jackson to current Executive of the Year Massai Ujiri, believed to be Leiwekes top choice. Colangelo was never going to be Leiwekes guy but all the while, he was left to and continues to be responsible for representing an organization that is essentially phasing him out. The optics are not good. Although it was always important for the organization to do right by Colangelo in the midst of a sensible breakup -- as I alluded to while his status was still in the air -- Im not sure this solution satisfies that goal. If anything, it could cause more harm than good for both parties, assuming this arrangement lasts longer than Brian Burkes brief stint as a "consultant" with the Maple Leafs following his sudden dismissal in January. Finally the Raptors seem ready and willing to move on -- a process many feel is long overdue -- but instead of putting Colangelo in their rear-view mirror, their ex lurks closely in the background. His replacement -- whoever he turns out to be -- will be asked to pick up the pieces of a five-year playoff drought and build a winner with the previous architect just around the corner, so to speak. Colangelos role in the hierarchy of MLSE and the Raptors franchise remains unclear at this time. He will report directly to Leiweke, as will the new GM, and be consulted as an adviser on basketball-related matters while also dabbling in the business side. Among the projects he may be tasked with, Leiweke referenced the teams relationship with Basketball Canada, growing the brand throughout the country, going all-in on a bid for the 2016 All-Star game and potentially designing a state of the art practice facility. According to Leiweke, the new GM -- who is expected to be hand picked within the next 30 days -- will have full autonomy over basketball decisions. "I believe this is in everyones best interest to make this work," said the CEO, who has narrowed his search for the teams next GM to approximately six candidates. "Bryans going to have to occasionally take a deep breath and understand now that a GM will have a direct report and final say on all basketball decisions and hes going to have to live with that." The underlying question in all of this is, why would either party be interested in this incredibly bizarre arrangement? "This is a process," Leiweke said. "I understand that in taking on that process, there will be constant effort on my part to make sure that the authority and responsibilities are respected by all and that theres no miscommunication going forward. But I think that if we can do this right, if we can create the right process and honour it, then we have the best of both worlds and thats what we were trying to get." Whether this move is a Leiweke initiative, as he claims, or a direction spearheaded by loyal chairman Larry Tanenbaum, as many believe, Colangelos soft landing allows the organization to save face. Instead of firing one of the most well-regarded executives in basketball, theyve opted to provide him with an office, a paycheque and some busy work until his next opportunity comes along, and it will. This is not likely to be a long-term solution, merely a bridge that carries him to a job more suited to his ultra-competitive temperament. In regards to Colangelo himself, his affection for the team, players, city and fans is sincere but theres more to it than that. The perception of a demotion -- or reassignment, as Im sure hed prefer to categorize it -- is less punitive than an all-out dismissal. "Bryans probably ticked off at me," Leiweke told TSN.ca during his conference call. "Theres no probably, hes ticked off at me. This isnt his perfect world either but to his credit, he accepts it. He understand the role, he understands the responsibility, he understands the process." "Im not ticked off," Colangelo insisted, respectfully responding to his new boss. "I think more than anything else, Im just a little disappointed. Im disappointed that Im not going to be able to see this thing through with respect to final decision-making." What Colangelo may be miscalculating is the frustration that will undoubtedly accompany his proximity to a foundation he built but can no longer maintain. Although it may be rewarding for him to watch the growth of players like Jonas Valanciunas or DeMar DeRozan -- young men he brought into this league -- it will be equally as devastating to witness another executive tinker with his vision, potentially choosing to go in a different direction altogether. Regardless of the motivation behind it, both Leiweke and Colangelo have willingly created an extremely volatile situation at the worst possible time. As the Raptors look to turn the page on a disappointing interval in their existence, this arrangement -- however temporary it may be -- serves as an unnecessary distraction, a reminder of the not-so-distant past theyre hoping to escape. Not surprisingly, the always-articulate Colangelo represented himself perfectly Tuesday afternoon. Despite an understandably somber tone, he said all the right things, portrayed the impression of unity and most importantly, acknowledged his new parameters. "I think were poised for success and I want to be part of it so I am committed to that process," he explained. "Im also committed to the notion of helping and facilitating where needed but I certainly wont get in the way of a new general manager with the decision-making authority that hes going to be given." "Hopefully I will be asked my opinion. I will give my opinion, Ive never been shy to give an opinion. Ive never been shy to make a decision but that decision will now rest on somebody else. How much weight in the room that opinion will have is really going to depend on who the individual is." "In order to find the GM," Leiweke maintained, "in order to find the right person to get us on the right track here as an organization, were going to have to honour that process and make sure theres an environment that allows that person to make the final decision. That person has my commitment, thats first and foremost here and if anyone ultimately disrupts that process, then Ill clean it up." Colangelo will have to know his role -- whatever it turns out to be -- and stay within it if this has any chance of working or lasting. Theres one way this arrangement can be successful and many ways it could go awry. The organization now runs the risk of having too many cooks in the MLSE kitchen. Too many voices, too many opinions, too many agendas. In theory, a front office loaded with sharp basketball minds should be a blessing but unless its executed flawlessly, this will almost certainly be a disaster. Arizona Cardinals Mason Cole Jersey . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Cardinals Jerseys China . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. http:///...ristian-kirk-jersey/ . Its sharpness matched my mind. This was no night to go to sleep. Throughout the Tour de France, Australian professional cyclist Richie Porte will be checking in. Here is his latest entry, as told to ESPN contributor Rupert Guinness:Stage 19: Albertville to Saint Gervais Mont Blanc, 146kmWith one mountain stage to go in this Tour de France on Saturday and so little time between second place and me in fifth, the best way to prepare for one of the greatest opportunities of my career is to keep it simple by focusing on finishing on a good note.Thats how I am going to take it when we line up to start the 146.5km 20th stage from Megève to Morzine that is in the Alps and will be the penultimate stage of this years Tour.Saturday will decide the Tour winner and who joins him on the podium, with Sundays final and 21st stage from Chantilly to the Champs élysées tailor made for the sprinters to race.So there is no doubt about how big a stage Saturdays race will be, and what is at stake. But you can complicate big occasions by making too much of it.So I just want to go in and race. The drama of Fridays finish to the 146km 19th stage from Albertville to Saint Gervais Mont Blanc served as another reminder of how tenuous any riders fate is in the Tour - literally from race leader Chris Froome (Sky) down, as Froome crashed as I did after the rain fell.Fortunately, my injuries were not serious, and even if I am stiff and sore for Saturdays stage, I will not let that impede how I plan to race in the last mountain stage of the Tour.Its great to know that my team are right behind me, as they showed on Friday when they pulled me back up to the group with Froome and the other main challengers after my crash.It was great to see guys like Micky Sch?r, Greg Van Avermaet and Damiano Caruso up there. It wasnt easy for them. I think a couple of teams rode to make it harder for me then.Thats how it is, but you dont forget it. Saturday may provide a moment to repay the favour. Look ... crashing like I did didnt help.And I felt it later when I tried to get away on the final climb to the finish as Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was in the throes of finishing off a terrific solo ride too win the stage and also move up to second place overall. Wholesale Arizona Cardinals Jerseys 2019. .Froome still leads overall by 4:11 on Bardet, but now with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in third at 4:27, Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in fourth at 4:46 and myself in fifth at 5:17.But crashes were the curse for many on Friday, with rainy conditions making the road extremely slippery.I felt I had too much pressure in my tyres. I sensed it early and should have stopped and let some out then, but at the time the race was so fast I didnt have time. It was on the whole day. The next I know I was flying on the ground on my chest.I have never had a crash like that. I should have also changed my bike as it didnt feel right after. Still while it wasnt ideal to get gapped there in the finale and lose a bit of time, it was good to get today behind us - and without serious injury.?I was neither the only rider to crash.Even better ... the Tour is not over yet, even though there is only one mountain stage left.The Col de Joux Plane and the tricky descent from its summit to the finish could be critical. On top of that, it looks like it is going to be a wet one again, which will add to the suspense.How I race is something I will decide after speaking to our sports directors before the stage. But similarly when it comes to the descent to Morzine, lets make it clear: I am not the sort of guy who is going to risk everything racing down the Joux Plane.There are calculated risks, but I think it is better to make time up on the Joux Plane than when descending it. Its a tricky technical descent and I dont think it is worth putting everything on the line there.But Im still focused on trying to get on to the podium for Sundays finale in Paris; and I know I am not the only rider who is not just thinking of that, but actually believing they can. I believe I can.Whether I do is another question. But I will try my best to fulfill that ambition. If its not this year, whatever happens in this Tour can only help for the years to come. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' ' 
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