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Making it clear that he valued Bryan Colangelos skills running the business side of a basketball team, new Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke said the decision to relieve Colangelo of his basketball decisions, but retain him as team president was arrived at in large part because the two men had "a disagreement on the current status of the organization and this roster." Speaking Tuesday on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor, Leiweke pulled no punches in saying he thought the team was not as close to being a contending team as Colangelo and others within MLSE who provided opposition to the decision thought they were. "I guess I dont think that were right there," Leiweke said. "I dont think were a piece away. I think we have work to do. "There was no consensus," he said regarding the decision to begin a search for a new GM. "There were a lot of people with a lot of opinions and a lot of different opinions. Clearly, I had to understand that I was going to make a decision that was not going to please all." Leiweke said creating a management system where both president and GM report to him directly is not ideal, but not totally uncommon in the sports world. He noted his previous structure in Los Angeles with the Kings was similar in that the president of business operations, Luc Robitaille and the president of hockey operations, Dean Lombardi both reported to him. Still, Leiweke admitted it was not the way he would have liked to "draw it up" given a clean slate, but felt like it was the proper way to deal with things considering the situation. He noted Colangelos communication skills and ability to build relationships with sponsors as to why he would be successful in a business operations role. "Hes smart, hes intelligent, hes a good businessman and hes very passionate about the Raptors, very articulate, represents them well and he loves Toronto." In a search for a new general manager, Leiweke said he would welcome Colangelos input given his vast basketball knowledge and background and wouldnt rule out the possibility of having the new hire work with the former GM. Leiweke also made it a point to mention that a "fresh face, with a fresh view of the world, with a fresh view of this roster, with a fresh view of what we need to do to be competitive long term" was something he felt the team was in need of. Not naming any one player directly, he made a point of mentioning he thought Colangelos judgment may have been hindered due to his former ties to his no. 1 overall draft pick in 2006, Andrea Bargnani. "We need someone who is extremely rational when it comes to the roster and reaching conclusions as to who is going to work and who is not going to work," Leiweke said. "Sometimes you have to find a new set of eyes and a new opinion in order to judge a roster. Not be personal about a player because you chose him or you used the first pick in the first round to pick a player. Sometimes its easier for a guy coming in that doesnt have that loyalty and doesnt have that burden of being the guy that made that decision. You reach a better conclusion at times about who needs to stay and who needs to go." He said moving forward the goal is to create a team that is a perennial contender, not one that is simply looking to sneak into a playoff spot. "First and foremost, we have to figure out a way to win, how to win consistently and how to win long term. I referred to it earlier today as being a 7/11 – good enough to maybe be in the seventh or eighth spot and make the playoffs, but never good enough to win." In his search for a new head of basketball operations, Leiweke emphasized the importance of drafting and development and hiring someone who was capable of developing a team identity. 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This time, it was the likes of Tyler Johnson and James Johnson coming up big, combining for 29 points off the bench -- and Whiteside simply controlling the paint during his 34 minutes.I try to lead by example, Whiteside said.Paul George scored 22 for the Pacers, who were hoping for a season-best third straight win and instead managed just 10 points in the fourth quarter. CJ Miles added 15 for Indiana.This is a game that we should have won, George said. Its frustrating. ... We played OK. We just didnt finish well.Neither team led by more than seven, and the Heat got to that margin after James Johnson found Goran Dragic for a layup and a 92-85 lead with 3:35 left.They needed to hang on desperately from there.Miami didnt score again until there were 12.9 seconds left, when Josh Richardson sealed the win with a dunk that put the Heat up five after Indiana didnt foul. 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