Masai Ujiri Rumors
Ryan Wolstat: Masai said Raptors would consider buying a second. “Can never have enough young talent.”
Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri has recently said the Raptors organization is “going through the process” of evaluating the individuals in the program before making a decision on whether to retain head coach Dwane Casey another season. If Casey is let go, Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt could be among the names in contention there. Hunt and Ujiri worked together in Denver.
He did, however, acknowledge that it may behoove the organization to take a step backwards in order to reach Ujiri’s oft-stated goal of long-term excellence. “That’s an option,” Ujiri told TSN. “Everything we are going to do is going to be what’s good for this organization and competing for a championship in the future.”
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made the rounds on Toronto sports radio Wednesday, but much like in his season-ending news conference last week, he didn’t have much to add on the status of coach Dwane Casey. “I’m still studying it, we’re still gathering all the information,” Ujiri told Sportsnet 590 The FAN in regards to whether a decision has been made on Casey’s future. Approximately 20 minutes later, Ujiri told competing station TSN 1050 the same thing. “We’re still going to go through the process of looking at the things we did well and the things we didn’t do so well,” he said. “When that happens, we will make a decision and move forward.”
Eric Smith: We’ve just been approved, by our board, to purchase a D-League team — Masai Ujiri. Says he’s not sure when/where it’ll be. #RTZ #Raptors
Eric Koreen: On Pierce: “I believe in those old-school guys. They’re phenomenal. They want to cut your head off. … It was my way of supporting our team.”
Josh Lewenberg: Casey said he was surprised by the league’s decision to fine Masai, didn’t think his comments were that bad. Loves his passion
The NBA’s punishment came swiftly. Ujiri was fined $35,000 on Sunday, the league announced, and the Raptors were also fined another $25,000. “Typical Uri,” Pierce said, knowingly or unknowingly botching Ujiri’s name. “I heard what he said last year when I was in Brooklyn. I can really care less. I think I can play the psychological war a little bit better than him.”
Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri has been fined $35,000 for using obscene language in a public setting on Saturday, April 18 prior to the Raptors’ playoff game against the Washington Wizards, it was announced Sunday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Josh Lewenberg: Masai Ujiri in team issued statement re: fine for obscene language: “I have the deepest respect for Commissioner Siver and the NBA, and while showing passion for our team and fans I will choose my words more carefully in the future so as not to indicate otherwise. I apologize and have acknowledged the fine with the Commissioner. I consider the matter closed and our sole focus is on the playoffs.”
It turns out Raptors head honcho Masai Ujuri did have something to say about Paul Pierce and his remarks about it. In a nutshell, Ujuri told the crowd outside the ACC that he didn’t give a bleep about it. “Typical Ujuri,’’ said Pierce after his game-high 20 points staked visiting Washington to its overtime win in Game 1. “I heard what he said last year when I was in Brooklyn. I really couldn’t care less. I think I can play the psychological war a little better than him.”
Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri used an expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors playoff opener. “People want me to say something about Paul Pierce but, we don’t give a (expletive) about ‘it’,” Ujiri told a cheering crowd outside the Air Canada Centre in an area dubbed Jurassic Park. Ujiri was referring to the Wizards veteran who earlier this week told ESPN he wasn’t worried about the Raptors because “I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried.”
Saturday he did it again, responding to Washington Wizards veteran Paul Pierce by standing in the so-called “Jurassic Park” outdoor viewing party in Maple Leaf Square. “I don’t give a s— about ‘it’,” Uriji screamed into a microphone before walking off stage as thousands decked in Raptors gear roared.