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Masai said like Pierce, he’s a competitor. What he doesn’t say: Raptors didn’t have enough people like him.
Our end-goal is to win a championship -- Ujiri.
"I got scolded by my commissioner. I got scolded by my wife. I got scolded by Wayne Embry. I'm not going to do it again." - MU on PP comment
This is Carmelo Anthony, Baltimore native, on the events unfolding in his hometown. http://t.co/O9s2wJJYpc
Williams: More guys who are 2-way players better team will be.
“I got scolded by the commissioner, I got scolded by my wife, by Wayne Embry. I’ve learned my lesson. The playoffs is all about the players.
Masai: “IT was my way of supporting our team, our fanbase, which is something I’ll always do.” On responding to Pierce.
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."
Masai: "I knew who Paul Pierce is. He's a killer. He's one of those guys you want on your team"
Took two minutes of the Bulls lazing through their opening possessions to know they'd lose last night. They reveal themselves early.
Monty Williams says he feels like they have got better with his type of players.
Williams: Last thing coaches talk about is contract and jobs.
It’s very important that our franchise and organization is relevant -- Ujiri
"We knew we were going to get punched in the face. It's not all doomsday for us," - Masai on his team.
Williams: I'm under contract; well paid to do what I do. Not something I think about.
Masai believes Lowry ran out of gas early in the year when DeRozan was out, plans to study how to better conserve his energy thru the season
Masai says July will be very telling. Very important to become relevant, build a culture that will attract players to Toronto.
"It's very important that our franchise and our team becomes relevant. We feel like we're getting there, that we can attract some players."
“Studying the money in 2016, our flexibility. It’s a good time for us, that’s the best way to put it. Putting ourselves in good position."
Williams: As more players added that fit his style, got better. Has to be partnership there.
Masai says he'll be "very mindful" of 2016 when spending this summer. "It's a good time for us."
Williams: Never doubted my ability to coach.
Williams: Hard to tell Holiday in Boston he had to come off the floor. (Took place early January)
Do you feel as confident in Lowry now as you did when you re-signed him? Masai: "Oh, yeah. 100 percent. Even more confident"
Masai says he has even more confidence in Lowry now than he did when he signed him last year.
Williams: Will work with Holiday's docs in L.A. to get him on floor.
"You can't control how a player like that plays. Kyle is a competitor and Kyle wants to win," - Masai on his confidence for Kyle Lowry.
Monty Williams says there is concern about Jrue Holiday's injury situation.
Williams: Medical staff evaluating how to get Holiday on floor.
Williams on Holiday: There is concern there.
Monty Williams was impressed with both Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham.
Williams: Have to evaluate SF to see if current players fill need or another addition needed moving forward.
"You can't control how a player like that plays. That's what makes him good."
"He's a competitor. We just have to find out the right recipe for his body, and figure out maybe what pace he plays at."
Williams: Cuningham, Pondexter did great job filling in at SF.
"His back was a little hurt. I think he'll get back to being 100 per cent in the summer."
"Did he run out of gas? Then he tried to comeback. Kyle is determined to get back to where he was," - Masai on all-star Kyle Lowry.
Amazing that in 2015 you can still see these bands live: The Dead The Stones The Who U2 Van Halen AC/DC Neil Young Steve Winwood
Williams:Evans had ton on his plate this year.
D-Will was great last night, but he and especially L Hollins, why are they acting like the criticism is unfair? Hollins is in his own world.
Masai: "Now we have to go back to the drawing board and decide..."
I wish Mayweather-Pacquiao took place 5 years ago but I'm not sure it's possible to hype it up any more than it is currently being hyped up.
Williams: Had to put Evans in small forward position this year.
Monty Williams: "Omer Asik is highly valued by organization."
Masai blames defensive slippage more on injuries than on Casey. “He was forced to play maybe a certain way to survive (injuries)."
The pain & turbulence in Baltimore is a reminder of how much we have to grow as a society. But it’s not a reflection of how far we’ve come.
Masai talking up position organization is in, as he should. There's no competitive reason to do otherwise.
Williams: focus is to be best team can be.
Masai: "We've had to be patient with a couple expiring contracts we've had to wait on and now we're excited (to have flexibility)"
Williams: Asik added great value to team.
Williams: Early season schedule was tough.
Williams: From defensive standpoint, Asik key part of improvement.
"Our struggle was not only the playoffs. Right after all-star we started. … A lot of that was on me. Maybe I didn't get a pulse on team."
Williams: ''Biggest challenge is health''
"We want to win here. We want to keep building. We got kicked in the face," - Raptors GM alluding to the playoffs. http://t.co/H0JKNVmFmR
Ujiri indicates if Casey was gone for sure he’d probably come out and say it now. Still not decided.
Williams: Basically a different team every year the last four years.
In-laws in TOR sent Raps-themed baby clothes. Arrived yesterday. Note says clothes ensure baby roots for right team in playoffs. So, umm...
"There's no doomsday here. It's not as dramatic as we're making it. … You sometimes get kicked in the face. We got kicked in the face."
“The process is sometimes you get kicked in the face. We got kicked in the face."
Masai won't speak specifically to Casey's future, says he still needs time to evaluate. "There's no doomsday here."
“Everything is going to be evaluated and we go from there. There is no doomsday here. We want to win here, we want to keep building."
Ujiri said he met with Casey yesterday about what they did well, what they didn’t. Does not commit to Casey one way or ever.
Masai says he's going to evaluate when asked about Casey. Expectedly noncommittal.
Monty Williams: ''The last thing I want us to get drunk off intoxicated off what we've done.''
Masai on Casey: “I think everything is a process. Should be doing this press conference normally in a week couple of weeks."
You can watch Masai Ujiri's presser live on TSN.ca, by the way.
Monty Williams said they exceeded expectations and players got better.
"We feel we're in a good place as an organization. But the ending … was tough for us."
Monty Williams said he felt season was a great success
Masai: "It's been a very disappointing ending for us and we take full responsibility for it. It's not acceptable."
“We take full responsibility for it. It’s not acceptable. I think we owe our fans a little bit better."
"It's been a very disappointing ending for us. We take full responsibility for it. It's not acceptable…"
Masai: “Didn’t think I’d be talking to you guys this soon. It’s been a very disappointing ending for us."
"I didn't think we'd be talking to you guys this soon."
Masai coming to the podium.
Stop it. Just read off the teleprompter. (2/2)
To be clear, for the third time, I'm not advocating on behalf of Casey, I'm saying firing is the less important half of the equation
This Burger King ad with the chicken telling its parents that it's pregnant with French fries baby is just a little too much
Christian Wood looks so much better in pickup environment. His length is crazy.
The pop-up defender. http://t.co/GLV9DiIBwr
There are people in their fourth decade of life who have no memory of the Spurs without a two-way HOF big w/ impeccable character.
And that's how incredibly fortunate you've been Spurs fans: You went from Robinson to that. True greatness, on/off, for 26 straight years.
Casey is flawed, but so is the roster. He doesn't deserve to stay no matter what, but the catharsis of firing him would be short-lived.
Factor absolutely everything in -- never forced trade or fought w/ teammates, longevity -- you can make case he's greatest cornerstone ever.
Good quote from Doc in previous RT. Duncan's play is off charts, but intangibles are even better: Work ethic, leadership, toughness, etc.
A bizarre paranoia from the Hawks about the media. You can't talk to a player without a PR person creepily moving in for the eavesdrop.
So Kawhi is having a pretty good series so far: 24.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.0 bpg, 60.0 FG%, 56.3 3pt%, 29.8 PER
Getting ready for a bonus "TK Show" episode today. Taking advantage of the GSW playoff break to discuss another major event. It'll be good.
Coaches can get better too, just like players. Nobody liked Alvin Gentry when he was Pistons coach, now he's in huge demand
Game 1 will be Monday, regardless of how bulls-bucks finish
But I get it. Circumstances matter: Speights hit 2 big jumpers in Game 2 and that offensive rebound-assist in Game 3 was semi-historic.
Getting some reasonable feedback for my point that Marreese Speights was mostly invisible in Round 1. Folks, he was 3 for 15 in the series.
Bucks went 16 for 16 at foul line in Game 5 after entering with a 66.7% FT mark in first four games (60 of 90).
Bulls are shooting 71.4 percent from the line (Noah is 0-for-8) after ranking 3rd during regular season at 78.3 percent.
Last RT sounds like our whole point with Joe Johnson
I’ve mentioned Casey’s flaws all season, pointed out issues. Just don’t see making the move now without golden replacement.
But the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike is still standing this morning. http://t.co/oismHOhVhJ
Never again. At Islanders trash bag day at their former home. http://t.co/5RbqAjB6Xg
TNT's Charles Barkley: "I call Jason Kidd the 'point guard whisperer' and he is going to make this kid (MCW) a perennial all-star."
The mob says fire Dwane Casey, but I don’t believe that makes sense at the moment for a variety of reasons. Film at 11 (or story up in 15).
Actually wrote something again. Coming soon.
It's a geeky city when benches are punctuation marks but, given the choice of reserves with 8 minutes left, it fits. http://t.co/lVMAr2vmOy
So, yeah: blame everyone! It's quite freeing.
Then there's this: German center Tibor Pleiß, Ante Tomic's backup, has interest in playing with the Utah Jazz, according to EuroHoops.
Officials for Rockets-Mavericks Game 5 toniight: Tony Brothers,John Goble and Zach Zarba. Alternate: Leroy Richardson.
I don't know the full Tomic story, so I'm just asking questions. There is something to be said about remaining where you're comfortable.
Jazz fans, do you really want a player who has been so fickle about coming over to the NBA? It makes me wonder about his competitiveness.
With as well as Ante Tomic has been playing with Barcelona, you have to wonder if he wasn't thrilled to be behind Gobert and Favors in Utah.
contrarian. You're an announcer Ron Burgandy (2/2)
Center Ante Tomic has agreed to a three-year extension to stay with Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.
I'm told spouse of Ante Tomic vetoed leaving Espana. "A happy wife is a happy life," source said.
And yeah yeah, RB isn't the king in the north either. Great morning.
Admittedly - I had no idea Cady Lalane could shoot it like he is shooting it - all the way to NBA three all net
"Hey Paul, great series. Two-part question: What do the Hawks do well that makes them so tough, and do you know who Roose Bolton is?
D-Will scored 35 pts w/ just 2 turnovers last night. Last Nets' guard to score 35+ w/ 2 or fewer turnovers in the playoffs? Drazen (4/23/92)
Nice idea to sweep someone in the playoffs, now back to work and finish this series tomorrow.
My timeline is full of basketball, racial and Bmore analysis, and they are all keeping me from being productive at work this morning.
Wait — Paul Pierce declared himself the king of the north in the same picture in which he sat on iron throne. That makes no sense.
Yeah yeah http://t.co/NmV9MTd5wd
Bulls can get MCW switched onto Butler anytime they want, but they either can't enter the ball to JB or are spooked by MIL double-teams.