HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors

May 6, 2014 Updates
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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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Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the "wrong choice of words" and was "just trying to get our fans going." Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who have been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize." Macon Telegraph

Nets coach Jason Kidd, meanwhile, claimed not to have heard about either the controversial comments or Ujiri. "I don't even know who the GM is," Kidd said. Macon Telegraph

The points were driven home at a sit down on the eve of training camp with MLSE minority shareholder Larry Tanenbaum, president and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke and general manager Masai Ujiri. “Everything got put on the table, to be honest,” says Lowry. We all showed our hands, spoke honestly and that was that. “I told him I could play for him and he could coach me. That was a big thing for both of us: he coaches, I play and that’s it.” SportsNet

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made an appearance at the team’s “Party in the Square” outside Air Canada Centre on Saturday as Toronto prepared to host the Brooklyn Nets in the team’s first playoff game since 2008. Thousands gathered in Maple Leaf Square to celebrate and watch the 12:30 p.m. game between Brooklyn and Toronto on the ACC’s giant outdoor screen. Ujiri, hired in May 2013 to lead the Raptors back to respectability following a long post-season drought, was not mincing words when addressing the feverish crowd. National Post

Ujiri addressed the media at halftime. “I apologize. I used wrong choice of words out there. This thing is really not about me. It’s about the players and the playoffs. So, just trying to get the crowd out there rattled. Wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Trying to get our fans going, that’s it.” For The Win

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