HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors

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

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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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“There’s a really special bond between [GM] Masai [Ujiri] and Kyle,” Leiweke said. “This town should be in love with this guy. What a great story. He’s vented that anger and energy that he had last year, and it was sometimes aimed at the refs, sometimes aimed at other people. He’s figured out how to vent that and put that into the team, and this team truly loves each other.” Hoops Rumors

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In February this roster was about one phone call from a controlled demolition, and the call would have carried Lowry away. But the call never came. “[We came] very, very close [to a different path],” says Ujiri, on the phone from Chicago. “I think it was clear for us that after the Rudy Gay trade we were going to see how this whole thing was going to play out … but one thing that really encouraged me was that Kyle, I think Kyle really grew up. We had some honest discussions, and some honest challenges. National Post

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