All kinds of layers to a major hiring
Well, well, well.
Wasn’t that a day?
Too much to not take a few shots here, hope you don’t mind but we’ll delay the mail a day. There probably wasn’t enough to carry two days anyway.
The phone wasn’t handy at the exact moment of the Tim Leiweke announcement from MLSE yesterday around noon – there were other important things on the agenda – but it sure binged like crazy right after.
And I don’t think it was 10 minutes between a note on the new CEO coming to town and the first Phil Jackson connect-the-dots thing was pointed out.
I don’t know but you’d fully expect a new guy – if he wants to make a huge splash right off the bat – would certainly make a call and people would make sure the public knew about it simply to be seen as the new arrival being very active.
Now, a lot of people I respect suggest Jackson to Toronto is not far-fetched at all but it took me about 10 minutes to find someone who suggested Jackson wouldn’t leave his kids, grandkids and fiancé on the West Coast and that Seattle – if it happens – might be a more logical landing place for the former coach with more championship rings than any coach in the game.
But does Jackson make sense?
He’s certainly a name, no question about it; would be the most significant addition the Raptors have made ever. He’s got the kind of cache around the sport that few, if any, have ever had.
Whether he can do the job or not no one can even pretend to know since there’s no history to fall back on, no baseline to research. He’s been a coach -- a crazily successful coach – but whether that translates into front office success if far from guaranteed.
But it is nice to dream and Jackson’s a big a fish in his realm as Leiweke is in his and for one day, MLSE got it right and made the big splash.
I think George Jones and Willie Nelson singing a duet called I Gotta Get Drunk might be among the coolest things ever.
RIP, George. Even if you don’t have any interest in country music, he was an icon.
There didn’t seem to be any ringing endorsements from the new guy, did there?
Isn’t it just prudent for the boss to be a bit coy and non-committal in things like that? There was no need to come to any definitive resolution yesterday – it’s simply logical and respectful that Leiweke would sit and chat with Colangelo before coming to any resolution – but maybe now things will move more quickly on that matter and we can get on with whatever the future holds.
What I love is that the number of people who are now clamouring for a change at the top – and the group grew yesterday – just because someone floated the Phil Jackson name out there, as if that’s a guarantee, or even a possibility.
It is simply solid business to listen to the guy already in place, see what the plan is and then make an informed decision.
This certainly got lost in the shenanigans of a Friday but Rudy Gay at a “minor procedure” on his left eye.
No more details than that – let’s just say the medical staff at the Raptors tends to keep a lot of things very private and in-house – but there’s no suggestion it’s anything more than minor.
Gay, as you recall, toyed with the idea of wearing glasses of some sort at the end of the season – he practiced with them on but never broke them out in a game – and the feeling is Friday’s “procedure” was a continuation of that process.
Hey, I’m TFC Boy today, wish me luck!
And sleep fast so you can wake up and read whatever gems I come up with, thank you very much, you lucky readers.
Yeah, no mail today and I might have enough to fill out something substantial tomorrow but if there’s a burning question, it’s email@example.com.
Oh yeah, I understand on his conference call and in a radio interview Leiweke talked about winning championships and turning the Raptors into some version of the Lakers (the good Lakers, not the current Lakers) or Heat and that he wants to win Stanley Cups and bring some Beckham-ish figure to the TFCs.
Would have been a far bigger story if he’d said the status quo was fine, wouldn’t it have been.
Great talk, but any proof will have to eventually be in the pudding and it seemed it was a whole of New Suit Boilerplate, albeit from a guy who ran one of the most successful sports empires of our time at AEG.
George and Willie were good; this is pretty solid on his own, no?