HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors

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Sitting courtside at Barclays Center before Game 3, Ujiri spoke with SheridanHoops about the incident and the hostile environment the Raptors would face in Brooklyn going forward. “It wasn’t about Brooklyn, honestly,” Ujiri told SheridanHoops. “I apologized to Brooklyn, I apologized to the team and it wasn’t about the borough or anything. For me, it’s competing, you know? I tried to get our fans, our following and us believing in ourselves.” “Every playoff environment is going to be hostile, is going to be tough to play in,” Ujiri added. “If we’re going to grow as a team, we need to play in this kind of situation.” SheridanHoops

April 25, 2014 Updates

Given the barb from Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who before Game 1 used an expletive to explain how he felt about Brooklyn, Garnett can't wait to see how the natives welcome Toronto when their Eastern Conference first-round series, which is tied at 1, resumes at Barclays Center. "I'm very eager, very eager," Garnett said after practice yesterday. "I want to see how they respond to the [expletive] Brooklyn. I'm very eager to see how they respond to those kids sitting in our arena. I don't know if that's going to be . . . Well, we'll see." Does he have any ideas on how it will go down? "I don't know," Garnett said. "I've never had a series in Brooklyn before. I've never said [expletive] Brooklyn before, so we will see what that's like." Newsday

April 23, 2014 Updates

With the series tied at 1-1, the Raptors will take on the Nets in Brooklyn Friday for Game 3 at the Barclays Center which Kevin Garnett said will be a “rowdy environment” in his postgame interview after the Nets’ Game 2 loss Tuesday night. Garnett, referring to the recent incident in which Toronto GM Masai Ujiri yelled “F*ck Brooklyn!!” to a crowd of Raptors fans, said, “I don’t know if you can say f-Brooklyn and then come into Brooklyn, so we’re about to see what it’s like.” beyondthebuzzer.com

April 22, 2014 Updates

So this makes zero sense, but the league apparently reconsidered its position and announced Monday it has fined Ujiri $25,000. Seems a little unnecessary since they initially decided to not fine him. You wonder if public and media reaction played a part. Nonetheless, Ujiri takes the hit. CBSSports.com

April 21, 2014 Updates

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will not be fined or punished for the expletive he uttered Saturday at a pep rally before the Raptors' home playoff opener, according to sources familiar with the league's ruling. Sources told ESPN.com that Ujiri received a formal warning after separate conversations Monday with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. ESPN.com

But the league, sources said, decided that no further sanction was justified in this case, given Ujiri's spotless history as a executive with both the Denver Nuggets and Raptors and the fact that the incident took place at a pep rally designed to get Toronto's fans fired up for Game 1 of its series against Brooklyn. ESPN.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

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