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Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri (born ca. 1970) is the general manager of the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. A native of Zaria, Nigeria, he is the first African-born general manager for an American major league sports team.

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Masai Ujiri is trying to get younger. Thats why Kyle Lowry doesnt really have a market. Tuc…
That moment when you read the Knicks are targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Phil Jackson.
Live look at Knicks fans after hearing Phil Jackson will be fired and could be replaced with Masai Ujiri
Jim Dolan worked out the Carmelo Anthony trade with Masai Ujiri -- and now Ujiri is his top choice to replace Phil...
Tim Leiweke, who hired Masai Ujiri to run the Raptors during his time as president of MLSE, will advise the Knicks durin…
Dwane Casey says that Masai Ujiri has assured that he will still be the coach of the Raptors next season. (Via.
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Forget the 56-win joyride; this is the signature Raptors season for Masai Ujiri and Dwane Casey:
okay Masai Ujiri , I see you. Welcome to the team Serge Ibaka.
In many ways, this is turning out to be the signature season for Masai Ujiri and Dwane Casey, writes
"Masai Ujiri said that there is "no question" that the Raptors will attempt to re-sign Kyle Lowry this summer when he hits free agency."
I swear when if they suck next year I'm gonna start a Masai Ujiri (or even Rich Cho) for GM campaign.
"He won't win the GM of the year, but he's in the least second place" - on Masai Ujiri
'We needed that': Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri savours the moment after
if your reading this live that's my reaction. But I vote for Masai Ujiri for those deals
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I'm sure Masai Ujiri will do the right thing
THANK YOU to everyone who came out witness the great Masai Ujiri talk about the various lessons he's learned...
Just met Masai Ujiri in Toronto Airport and he was an absolute gentleman. Literally made my week!!
President Masai Ujiri inspires a packed house with
Masai Ujiri may be executive of the year for assembling all the missing elements in time for playoffs.
I just want to give it up to Masai Ujiri. He got both Delon Wright and Norm Powell in the same draft with lower end picks. *** ..!
Masai Ujiri knows how to draft man. Caboclo not included.
Fantastic dialogue with Raptors President & GM Masai Ujiri at Rotman's Conversations on Africa lecture series…
Today was a day I will remember forever - huge thank you to Masai Ujiri for sharing with us today.
Lessons in leadership from Masai Ujiri, empowering women and youth, obligations to your roots, and a winning mindse…
Great to hear JHR Ambassador Masai Ujiri discuss leadership and the incredible work is doing today…
Great session today at the Rotman School with Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri
Masai Ujiri donates $ made from talk today to Toronto Community Housing teens in audience on the spot
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Key takeaways: Dream just that little bit bigger, love what you do, stay the course, play to win. GM Masai Ujiri
All class: GM Masai Ujiri donates the funds raised today to Toronto Community Housing
"I met Mandela. He told Dikembe Mutombo to keep doing his great work for Africa. I wanted him to say that to me." GM Masai Ujiri
"Where is Ebola now? Nobody talks about how it was tackled, nobody talks about how much health progress was made." GM Masai Ujiri
"Huge youth movement in the continent of Africa - and here in the diaspora that will drive change." GM Masai Ujiri
"I have three levels of pressure. Where I came from to now- I feel I have already won, as a person." - Masai Ujiri
"You have to put the team together, players have to align. We believe in developing young players: the Kyle Lowrys." GM Masai Ujiri
"And there is an obligation for me to give back. To my foundation to the continent." GM Masai Ujiri
"I like what Nelson Mandela said: to lead from behind." GM Masai Ujiri
GM Masai Ujiri on "to me, you have to respect people... men we have to respect women."…
"I had one goal: to get into the NBA. It is not easy. There are so many hurdles. You have to have that strength." GM Masai Ujiri
"Basketball made me happy." - GM Masai Ujiri. "And I realized I had a love for scouting and finding younger players."
Learning leadership lessons from the man himself Masai Ujiri!!
If Raptors lose Kyle Lowry in free agency it will be interesting to see what Masai Ujiri does, but losing him on purpose is not an option.
team out in force to hear GM Masai Ujiri on team building and leadership
Here at Rotman listening to the main man of the Masai Ujiri
Excited to attend today's lecture on and Building Hope with Masai Ujiri at Rotman.
someone pointed out that the raptors gave up as many picks for Serge and Tuck that they got for Bargnani. Masai Ujiri is a magical man
*** right he should be thankful! Otherwise Masai Ujiri would ship his a**
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🏀😲😂🤔 Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas thanks Raptors GM Masai Ujiri for not trading him for Andre Drummond
Someone was bothering me and my response was mi too busy ah gih Masai Ujiri bedroom wuk fi a mind she. Yeah I'm rude.
Don't ever say anything bad about Masai Ujiri
Hear from Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri on leadership & building hope with Giants of Africa on March 27.Tix: h…
Masai Ujiri honestly did his job, he should be considered for Executive of the year. Now it's up to the players and coaches in the playoffs.
Who should Masai Ujiri sign this off season besides PP? Ibaka? Tucker? Or all?
Who should Masai Ujiri trade this off season? Carroll? JV? Or both?
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Serge Ibaka is reportedly headed to the Who loses, who wins? (Masai Ujiri. Masai Ujiri always wins)
schedule looks mighty fine. Mike Babcock at 4:10, Masai Ujiri at 6:00, John Gibbons at 6:35.
Masai Ujiri, President & GM of Toronto Raptors (former GM, Denver Nuggets) is a Nigerian, born in Zaria. http…
Masai Ujiri, President of club "Nigeria is making good progress in music, nollywood & entertainment but n…
Masai Ujiri was a great GM. He's over in Toronto now and they made the Eastern conference finals this year.
If I was Masai Ujiri, I'd be letting DeRozan walk and trading the Knicks 1st pick + crap to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins.
Masai Ujiri speaks fondly of as Global Ambassador. Always puts the team first.
Masai Ujiri on partnership with "It works because he's a true fan and he's really supportive of the
"No matter what business interests he has, he loves the team. He has true passion." Masai Ujiri on
Words of wisdom from Masai Ujiri: "you have to hire the best people, because you cannot do it alone."
"There's not any part of the job that I don't like. I live it, I dream it, I breathe it." Masai Ujiri
Masai Ujiri has the pronunciation of Jonas down. The proper lithuanian way.
Such a pleasure listening to Masai Ujiri this morning, thank you for…
"When you take a job like [GM] you must first look at what you've got, then look at where you want to go." Masai Ujiri
Masai Ujiri speaks at to students. As GM first thing is how you build your culture.
Despite playoffs, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is at Ryerson this morning giving advice to a small group of students. Never too busy to give back.
"Always be good to people. You never know who that other person is or what they're going through." Masai Ujiri
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"If you show more passion than ambition then you'll go big, big places." - Masai Ujiri
Thrilled to have GM Masai Ujiri at today talking to students about leadership in
"If you have more passion than ambition, you'll go to big places" - Masai Ujiri, GM of
We’ve got a packed house for our class with Masai Ujiri today!
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Masai Ujiri better think twice before giving Demar Derozan mac contract...this dude is chicken and too soft!!!
After last night's win, GM Masai Ujiri will be at this AM for the final chat in 3-099 @ 10! All welcome!
I'm a fan of all of Masai Ujiri's draft picks, each is solid on both ends of the floor. He could of easily gotten a couple picks for DeRozan
Jonas Valanciunas would've gotten a full max for sure this summer. Raps locking him for less in last summer was a great job by Masai Ujiri.
Gotta believe Masai Ujiri is secretly happy that his backcourt has been crapping the bed the past two games.
Why does Masai Ujiri look like a generic myplayer
Casey's done well to get 56 wins without knowing who is in his best lineup. But, Masai Ujiri has done a masterful job with the roster.
According to the Toronto PR staff, it was GM Masai Ujiri's idea to do purple shirts tonight because he wanted to...
Per Masai Ujiri wanted something different in the crowd tonight, hence purple shirts. Not indicative of any new jerseys/colours.
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Raptors lose tonight, I'll be posting a personal, non-explicit letter to Masai Ujiri expressing my frustration.
.GM Masai Ujiri's for fans: "We want to give them something special"
I know Masai Ujiri desperately wants to believe that Dwane Casey is a top-flight coach. But he's just not. Given him too many chances.
Tony Parker has the same kind of voice and accent as Masai Ujiri
are people really saying colangelo did it? It's all Masai ujiri who made this team
Fact: going back 2 Nuggets, Masai Ujiri has GM'ed 3 50+ win & 6 playoff teams. None have advanced past the 1st round.
And Casey. Doesn't matter what Masai Ujiri said earlier this week. Losing in first round three years in row brutal.
I'll wait till after game 2 before I comment on the pacers/raptors matchup. Masai Ujiri won't be happy tonight...
My post game one prediction is Masai Ujiri and Dwane Casey get fired in 5
So is Masai Ujiri gonna go off another offensive verbal tirade or ???. .
If you're Masai Ujiri do you blow this team up and go into full rebuil mode after this loss?
With all the praise for Masai Ujiri, there's only one NBA executive named The Legend
What more can Masai Ujiri do? He built a team with the talent to contend but they don't show up tonight
What's Masai Ujiri's record series-wise in the first round of the playoffs?
Masai Ujiri needs to go tell Casey he can't coach.. Why is DeRozan guarding George all game with Carroll & Johnson on the bench ?
Also, how much heat doess Masai Ujiri deserve? He made no deadline deals because he was confident the group "could figure out the playoffs"
Masai Ujiri please get rid of Lowry. Don't want him next year. Joseph/Wright/Murray is our PGs.
I would fire Masai Ujiri right now for the Terrence Ross extension.
Did Masai Ujiri say anything crass about Indiana? Because that -> Raptors playoff loss seems to be a trend
Dwane Casey & are unprepared for this not playing out like a game vs the 76ers. Masai Ujiri is fine with that
Where's Raptors Masai Ujiri before the game speeches/rants 😂
Has Masai Ujiri said anything dumb or inflammatory yet? The NBA playoffs don't officially start til he does!
At least, this is truly a different Raptors team. Shout out Luis Scola, Norm Powell, Biyombo & DeMarre. This is now "Masai Ujiri's" team.
*Masai Ujiri leaping barriers. Fighting through security. . 'I just.just let me get to that mic! It'll only take a seco…
The best organizations work hand in hand. TOR is a good example. Masai Ujiri went out and got talent that better fits Dwane Casey's defense.
Masai Ujiri got a king's random for Andrea Bargnani. He should just go ahead and trade Demar Derozan for Klay Thompson.
Jonas Valanciunas is having a great year but Masai Ujiri thinks the best is yet to come
Jonas Valanciunas is having a great season but Masai Ujiri thinks he can still improve.
Shouts to Masai Ujiri btw. for luring DeMarre to TOR. Carroll played in DEN when Ujiri was GM. Relationships ...
Masai Ujiri's teams are always good in the regular season, but they never go anywhere in the playoffs.
Wearing my favourite hat & shopping & look who walked in... Masai Ujiri. http:…
A snippet from time spent covering GM Masai Ujiri and the in Nairobi this summer.
Masai Ujiri messed up the Raptors just like Bryan Colangelo, what we doing giving Valanciunas 16 Mil a year? And all these noname players?
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri talks about the future of Demar Derozan, Terrence Ross and much more:
Funny note from Dempsey on air: Masai Ujiri cut DeMarre Carroll from signed him to $60M deal w/ Raptors.
Masai Ujiri just got a 1st round pick for Greivis Vasquez. That man is a Jedi Knight.
>> Masai Ujiri responds to Greivis Vasquez' claims of multiple suitors
This year’s draft night in Toronto will be a heck of lot more interesting than in the past few seasons.
Raptors not looking to shock basketball fans again at NBA draft, Masai Ujiri says
GM Masai Ujiri Suggests Draft Night Trade Coming "We are open with the 20th pick"...
Report: GM Masai Ujiri says Raptors will not make a surprise pick
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Expect the unexpected from Masai Ujiri and the Raptors on draft night:
Good on Masai Ujiri for owning up to not adding anyone at the deadline last year! Time to better prepare for the future.
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Karl will also only coach under Masai ujiri
"We're open for business," says GM Masai Ujiri two days before NBA Draft
"We're open for business." Raptors GM Masai Ujiri weighs in on the off-season:
GM Masai Ujiri speaks with the media following Tuesday's pre-draft workout Watch:
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri fined $35000 for comments about Paul Pierce
Masai Ujiri got one 3rd-place vote for Exec of the Year. Warriors' Bob Myers wins it. Cavs' David Griffin is 2nd, Hawks Mike …
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri again swears to crowd before playoff opener
Before the begin the playoffs, GM Masai Ujiri reflects on a winning season with the
Toronto Raptors GM not as loose-lipped as last season: Masai Ujiri, the general manager of the Toronto Raptors, was…
Tremendous opportunity to hear from the legendary as well as Masai Ujiri, Stu Jackson and others. Will be a great night. /2
George Raveling, Masai Ujiri, Stu Jackson & more as part of Canadian Basketball Speakers Forum on Monday Night --
Still amazed Masai Ujiri got Patrick Patterson for $6 million, Lou Williams for John Salmons and James Johnson for $2.5 million.
Photo: & Masai Ujiri are ready to light the tree at Maple Leaf Square.
Tim Leiweke, Masai Ujiri talk about futures, MLSE board issues and Drake|
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Sources: Masai Ujiri to explore swapping for Strawberry Fields forever. I'm betting he pulls it off.
Or goat's ... Masai Ujiri is a star ... Isaih Thomas and Otis Smith were goats ... good stuff.
League sources say Masai Ujiri is monitoring Kenneth Faried situation in Denver. High motor of Faried high on Masai's 'want' list.
Sun Sports: Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has potential draft picks at No. 20 spot whittled to...
Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri: 'going full force' after free agent Kyle Lowry.
NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo at Masai Ujiri's Nelson Mandela Tribute in Toronto last night!
On 19 June 2014, president and general manager of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri was joined by a number of celebrity friends and business leaders in Toronto to honour his hero, Nelson Mandela, and raise funds for Giants of Africa and the Nelson Mandela Found…
Madiba Tribute Event - "As we let our own light shine, we un consciously give other people permission to do the same" (Nelson Mandela). What an inspirational evening spent with exceptional people who are committed to spread peace, hope, education and harmony between races. I had the great privilege to sit and speak with Wolf Blitzer, then with Danny Glover who gave an emotional tribute to Mandela. Tokyo Sexwale who jokingly introduces himself as a convict made a passionate speech on the great impact Mandela made to the world. Masai Ujiri, founder and president of Giants of Africa, also made several remarks that moved people. I am so proud of Ralph Lean who co-chaired the event full of music (Lorraine Klaasen was one of the singers), silent and live auctions, awards, the beautiful children from the Nelson Mandela school and so much more.
Toronto GM Masai Ujiri betting heavily on culture, cohesion and growth ... - National Post
It may seem like a lot of time has passed since Andrea Bargnani last suited up for the Toronto Raptors. Yet it was actually less than one year ago when new general manager Masai Ujiri made it his first order of business to ship the former first-overall pick out of town. The deal had been […]
Masai Ujiri (born ca. 1970) is the general managerof the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He is a native ofZaria, Nigeria. The son of a doctor mother and a hospital administrator/nursing educationist father, Ujiri originally played soccer as a youth before focusing on basketball. His interest with basketball started as a 13-year old playing with friends on outdoor basketball courts in northern Nigeria. This interest would be fed by American sports magazines and VHS tapes of NBA games or basketball movies.[1]He admired Hakeem Olajuwon, an NBA star who was born in Nigeria. Ujiri grew to be 6-foot-4 and emigrated to the United States to play two years of basketball at Bismarck State College, then transferred to Montana State University-Billings, though he left the latter school after one semester. He spent six years playing professionally in Europe.[2] After ending a professional playing career in 2002, Ujiri worked as a youth coach in Nigeria.[3] During an NBA summer league game in Boston, he met David Thorpe, w ...
The NBA dropped the hammer on Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, fining him $25,000 for saying “F---Brooklyn!” during a fan rally before Game 1.
Hi, I was wondering if you would be free to answer a few questions today regarding Masai Ujiri's fine for
According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver has indeed fined Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri $25,000 for his actions on S…
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams called Masai Ujiri's F-bomb "desperate" and says "it's put up or shut up time".
I think Masai Ujiri's comment was in fun. I mean, who knows what Knicks GM Irving Azoff says on the 4-wheelers about L.A.
When asked about Masai Ujiri's pre-game "F..k Brooklyn comment, coach Jason Kidd said "I don't know who (their) GM is."
Fans react to Raptors GM’s F-bomb against Nets: Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for in...
F*** Brooklyn - 1 | Masai Ujiri's Raptors - 0. Three more and that nobody owner's mouth is shut.
Toronto Raptors fans are really excited their team is back in the NBA playoffs. General manager Masai Ujiri is even more excited about it. Here he is getting...
Masai Ujiri had some R-rated words for the Nets before Game 1. But Brooklyn had the final word Saturday. .
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri gave a non-apology for the ages after screaming "F*** Brooklyn."
And this is why Masai Ujiri is the best GM in the game. . He makes some pretty good trades too.
Relax Masai Ujiri, worse things have happen in sports.
Relax Masai Ujiri, worse things have happened in the history of sports.
GM Masai Ujiri went a little too far trying to pump up fans:
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is ready for the Brooklyn Nets. During a rally before the team's playoff series began, Ujiri was speaking to a crowd to get them ready for the big game, and he dropped the f-bomb to fire them up even more...
“In his defense, Masai Ujiri was probably talking about THIS Brooklyn...
How fired up are the Raptors? Well, here's a video of GM Masai Ujiri yelling "F*** BROOKLYN!" to give you an idea: http…
The single most amusing speech ever given by an NBA GM. (Good luck next time you're in Brooklyn, Masai Ujiri.)
TORONTO general manager Masai Ujiri has apologised for a foul-mouthed, fan-baiting speech at a ra... via
Masai Ujiri getting some ESPN face time. Me too, actually. Hm.
This is great “VIDEO: Raptors GM Masai Ujiri finished a speech at a fan rally with "F**k Brooklyn!" http:…
Masai Ujiri: Saying inappropriate words in an appropriate context. THAT'S the kind of mayor Toronto deserves, people!
Here's Amir Johnson on GM Masai Ujiri not BFF: "We have his back. I’m with him 100% so if he said ‘f ‘em,’ I…
Masai Ujiri's pre-game speech to the fans outside the Air Canada Centre. Warning: contains graphic language:
"F--- predictions!" Masai Ujiri exclaimed, months before the finished 90-72 and the 83-79.
Amir Johnson stands behind GM Ujiri. "If he says F---'em, then we all say f---'em."
Masai Ujiri reminds me of Kuggys African Uncle that thought swear words were funny...
masai ujiri has only confirmed his "GM/Warlord" title
Masai Ujiri should watch what he saying. It backfired him in Game 1. I would never do this to other team.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri could be fined for F-bomb on Nets
Raptors GM shouts expletive aimed at Nets via
If the league decides to fine Masai Ujiri I have no problem with pitching in.
'F-Brooklyn' - Masai Ujiri pokes the bear and plants the Raptors stake:
Feeling Masai Ujiri, Ffor real. Raptors better follow through now!!
When Rob Ford curses in front of a mic he embarrasses the city. When Masai Ujiri does it it's the best thing ever.
Here's video of Raptors GM Masai Ujiri shouting 'F*** Brooklyn!'
WOW! Nothing like good bulletin board material, Nets in 5
From the city that elected Rob Ford, meet Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri screams ‘F— Brooklyn’ to crowd at rally before Game 1 vs. Nets (VIDEO)
Toronto is turned all the way up today. Here's Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri pumping up the crowd before today's game against the Brooklyn Nets with some fiery rhetoric. Welcome, NBA playoffs.
WATCH: Raptors GM Masai Ujiri shouted "F**K Brooklyn!" at a fan rally in front of the Air Canada Centre prior to game 1 of the Raptors-Nets series.
And btw I love that Masai Ujiri was so excited before the Raptors game that he was swearing lol, that's what the Leafs need, somebody in management/ coaching that doesn't look like somebody peed in their cornflakes
Toronto GM Masai Ujiri shares his thoughts on Brooklyn. More at NBA Wire Brooklyn lead the 416 50-46 at halftime.
Masai Ujiri is now my favorite gm in basketball. I find NBA basketball incredibly boring but this guy is hysterical.
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri dropping "F" bombs about the Brooklyn Nets in public.
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri had to apologize at a halftime press conference on Saturday after he called out the Brooklyn Nets at a pregame fan rally. Ujiri shouted "F--- Brooklyn!" ...
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri gave a speech to Raptors fans at Maple Leaf Square before the Nets-Raptors game on Saturday. He ended by saying, "F*** Brooklyn."
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri decided to hype the Toronto crowds by cursing at Brooklyn... The Nets responded by Winning Game 1 on the road.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri shouts "F*** BROOKLYN!" before the Raptors-Nets game. What a way to get the crowd PUMPED! Via NBA Legion Via Vine
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri screamed "F--- Brooklyn" while addressing a crowd of enthusiastic fans gathered at the Maple Leaf Square outside the Air Canada Centre before Game 1 of a first-round …
Masai Ujiri has apologized for dropping an f-bomb at a pre-game rally.
- SHOCKING VIDEO!!! (This video contains foul language, so parental discretion advised) Masai Ujiri, who is Toronto Raptors' general manager, has a message for fans of the team. MUST WATCH! Oh snap! - (KyBella © P.S. Masai Ujiri have since apologized for using the offensive four letter term, but maintains that he HATES the Brooklyn Nets.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri yells 'F--K Brooklyn' at rally before Game 1. (VID):
Rumor: Drake and Masai Ujiri are recording a Nets diss track at halftime.
Emotions ran high as the Raptors returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and Toronto GM Masai Ujiri helped stoke the pre-game fire with some blue trash-talk Saturday.
On October 27th, vote for Masai Ujiri to be your next Mayor of Toronto.
Masai Ujiri: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize.
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri just addressed the crowd in the square. Said he had only two words to say: "Puck Brooklyn." But he didn't say Puck.
In January I suggested that the Raptors should make a push for the playoffs as Masai Ujiri traded Rudy *** and made several other pivotal moves. Dwayne Kacey's system and philosophy of 'Pounding the rock' has finally set in with this well balanced squad. After a 6-12 start, here we are, a franchise record regular season for wins. I'm ashamed to know that some fans and even some analysts said we should tank the season for Wiggins. And still now haters are saying "Ohh but they're so inexperienced when it comes the post-season.." The Raptors will make the conference finals.
RAPTORMONIA! So amped up, just shook hands with Masai Ujiri. People beside me better watch out. Going to jump on Livingston's big toe and crash into Pierce's shoulder.
LONG WAY HOME: THE MASAI UJIRI STORY follows Ujiri on a recent trip to Nigeria, where he opens up about his upbringing in Africa. Sharing never-seen-before p...
And to think that Masai Ujiri made these brilliant moves without the help if Irving Azoff.
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Masai Ujiri on meeting Nelson Mandela, trading Rudy *** the impact of Jason Collins and more (ht
Was able to meet the President and GM of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri!
"Don't expect much in return. Masai Ujiri is not walking through those doors.
Just read that Demarr DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are both on the market. Masai Ujiri wants to build around Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson. They want draft picks and I think they want to try to get the Toronto product Andrew Wiggins. Would be a great ticket boost for them. Heard the price is pretty high for DeRozan but he would be nice next to Rose. He is signed through 2016 with 2017 being a player option at $9.5 per year. People know I'm high on his upside and he has progressed to a top scorer. Would you package Deng or Boozer and one of our picks, throw in Teague just because, for he and Lowry or Tyler Hansbrough?
When Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri orders pizza, he puts it on New York Knicks owner James Dolan 's tab. That's how much power Ujiri has over Dolan ...
Are we sure that Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri isn't the NBA's Keyser Soze? First, he tricked the New York Knicks into surrendering three draft picks, including a 2016 first-rounder, for Andrea Bargnani, a 7-footer who might best be described as Byron Mullens' role model. Then, he suckered the...
Knicks owner Jim Dolan is sensitive to the public perception that Toronto general manger Masai Ujiri bamboozled New York in the Carmelo Anthony trade, and the chance of getting panned for giving up too much in a deal for Lowry has become a hurdle in these talks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ujiri was the GM of the Denver Nuggets when he negotiated a deal that included Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Felton and Timofey Mozgov for a package that included Anthony, Chauncey Billups and a first-round draft pick. Yahoo! Sports 2wo 1ne
Last time Masai Ujiri fleeced the Donnie Walsh was running the show. Now ? Umm...Steve Mills ? Dolan ? CAA ? Yikes.
The Toronto Raptors will never trade Demar Derozan cuz of his contract and the fact hes the soul and heart of this team Masai Ujiri is building the team around Demar Derozan, JV, Terrance Ross, and Amir Johnson all they need is a excellent point guard like Rondo
Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said last week that the Raptors would not be caught in no-man's land, and seems to have made a move with an eye towards the future. Numbers Game looks at the Raptors sending Rudy *** to the Sacramento Kings.
Kroenke, Connelly and Shaw’s Nuggets defying expectations something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear – Stephen Stills What is going on here? In the 2013 offseason, Josh Kroenke and Tim Connelly made a series of roster moves which did not seem to some observers (including many here at Roundball Mining Company) to be internally consistent or part of any apparent cohesive long-term plan for building a roster which could ultimately contend for a championship. Masai Ujiri and Andre Iguodala had bailed, George Karl had been fired, and the new player acquisitions were looking a lot like band-aid solutions to major arterial bleeding. The bulk of the criticism was (and, to a certain extent, remains) a zoomed-out assessment. Looking from a distance at the collection of pieces the Nuggets had assembled, it seemed to be an Escher-esque puzzle which, like an enclosed circular staircase that endlessly spirals upward, could in no logical way be put together sensibly and cohesively. Yet, at the same ti ...
Losing Masai Ujiri as the GM was franchise, unless their plan was to tank, in that case it's not.
Knicks' 2014 pick goes to Denver. 2016 is swapped with Denver, then lower one sent to Toronto. Masai Ujiri!
he’s a 15 million expiring next season…someone will deal for him. *** if Masai Ujiri wasn’t in Toronto, I’d think he’s Tor-bound
If Masai Ujiri did decide the Raptors need to give tanking a shot, the Jazz are Yoda to his Luke Skywalker.
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neither has Novak. Don't tell the mainstream media. They still think Masai ujiri swindled the Knicks in Melo trade.
Its really weird that the one bad move Masai Ujiri made was due to Ernie Grunfeld.
Raps better make the playoffs before Masai Ujiri has these *** scared for their future
Former GM Masai Ujiri had 8 offers for JaVale McGee at last years trade deadline.. Maybe he should have taken one.
I like & respect coach Casey but I get the feeling it's only a matter of time until Masai Ujiri hires George Karl to coach
Yes and yes. Masai Ujiri and the rest of the head dudes were there so hopefully that's a good sign?
Masai Ujiri, trade everyone except JV and Amir.
Know says Raps want to end playoff drought w/ trade. Also know no one covets Canadian Andrew Wiggins mo…
I wonder what Masai Ujiri thinks of Dwane Casey's usage of Jonas Valanciunas. It must be frustrating. It certainly is for fans.
They're still suffering from the black magic Masai Ujiri put on them with that trade. Loll
GM Masai Ujiri I have my GM Thinking Hat on and I was wondering if you can arrange a deal for LaMarcus Aldridge
Can someone let Masai Ujiri GM of the raptors know if he wants to change the to decent team dude no good for
Toronto Raptors President and GM Masai Ujiri announced Wednesday that Head Coach Dwane Casey will return for the 2013-14 season,
I'm just waiting on Masai Ujiri now, he's our only hope...
If Masai Ujiri is really as good as we all think he is he would fire Casey tomorrow morning
The last minute of the play just makes me more of a fan of Masai Ujiri trading everyone.
Masai Ujiri please make my year by getting rid of Dwayne Casey for a good coach that actually puts out good rotations on the floor and..
I need Masai Ujiri's email . we have alot to talk about
Tim Leiweke and Masai Ujiri said NO MORE EXCUSES. So how do you call this start of the season??
Masai Ujiri is definitely going to be tanking now. What a joke..
You already know Masai Ujiri has been watching these games. Call me crazy but something might change sooner than later.
I can fix Knicks easy. You follow the Masai Ujiri plan & trade Melo for a young player & picks. Draft Wiggins or Jabari
Nice to hear some bball, liked the interview with Masai Ujiri but we need to work on your Jonas pronunciations
probs, he isnt playing jonas enough, i trust masai ujiri. Yo hansbrough is so *** good, we needa trade dj tho
Matt do you think Masai Ujiri will pursue Andrew Wiggins in the offseason this year?
I hereby authorize Masai Ujiri to trade every player on this team not named Jonas Valanciunas. Immediately.
The only thing that could make today worse for the Knicks is a call from Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.
Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has said that every Raptor except for Jonas Valanciunas could be traded for the right deal.
Which NBA Players Will Be Traded? Odds Say … The offshore sports book Bovada recently published odds on certain players to be traded at any moment this season, which has created a bit of a buzz in the NBA sports betting industry because of its intrigue. Some offshore sports books have offered these type of proposition bets in previous years, but with the early intrigue and excitement of this upcoming season I believe the exploration of these particular players and their teams’ current situation is definitely of note. As many of you know, sports books in Las Vegas are not allowed to offer these types of bets because they are not officially scored in the nightly boxscore, which is just one of the reasons why the offshore sports books offer such large intrigue to many bettors across the nation and the world. Here is the list of players on which odds were offered before the season began Tuesday night: Player: Rudy *** Position: SF Team: Toronto Raptors Odds: Yes (6/1) & No (1/10) *** has been a member of ...
Seven players who need to come up big this NBA season NBA is back. And while the league still belongs to LeBron James until we see a reason why it shouldn't, the 2013-14 season also brings with it a number of intriguing players who will be looking to rattle the landscape of the league, even if they aren't quite ready to take it away from the King. Here is a look at the seven Most Interesting Players in the NBA -- the ones whose upcoming years could be either major statements or just terrifically huge bummers. 1. John Wall This offseason, the Wizards put their pocketbook behind Wall, giving him a five-year, $80-million extension. That's franchise-player money, which means that Wall, long one of the NBA's most promising point guards, is finally expected to put it all together. He's certainly capable: the Wizards have given him the strongest supporting cast they've had in a long time, including backcourt running mate Bradley Beal and Nene and Marcin Gortat in the front court. If the Wizards don't make the pl ...
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MOVING *** Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has talked about moving Rudy *** according to the National Post Bulls should get him
Raptors face a tough schedule, starting with Celtics - Masai Ujiri took one look at the Toronto Raptors' early-season schedule, cringed, and then never looked at it again. It isn't pretty.
Masai Ujiri and the getting ready to open the Stock Exchange this morning.
Final NBA Pre Season Power Rankings: Heat - Place LeBron James on any of these top 16 teams and that team becomes a championship favorite. Last year’s title wasn’t easy, and the East is only getting tougher, but James paired with the chip-on-their-shoulder egos of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reign king. 2. Pacers - The Pacers are positioned to make another run at the Heat, and it’s not just because the (eventual) return of again-injured shooter Danny Granger. Indiana revitalized its bench and Paul George is only getting better. If Roy Hibbert mirrors his postseason, the Pacers could be headed to the finals. 3. Spurs - Robots don’t feel heartache. That’s why the machine-like Spurs should have no problem overcoming their finals letdown. At some point, San Antonio’s automated system will break down. Just don’t bet on it being this season. P.S. Marco Belinelli will be a postseason hero for the Spurs; you heard it here first. 4. Thunder - Kevin Durant’s title window only gets smaller with each s ...
Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri taking his job one step at a time - National Post
Addition of Ujiri most significant off-season move - Masai Ujiri addressed a group of Toronto Raptors fans recently, but it wasn't the message so much as the messenger that has injected some hope into a ...
Going into the 2013-2014 season the Raptors have 4 guaranteed point guard contracts. Though Kyle Lowry is the clear and away the starter, it becomes less evident who will fall where after that. The Toronto Raptors last year (post Calderon) struggled to consistently generate offense out of the point guard position. So let’s take a closer look at who has what to offer on the offensive end. DJ Augustin: Projected is a lot to be said about DJ Augustin, unfortunately if you are talking about last season, there isn't many good things to say. He spent the year with the Indiana Pacers and had the worst season of his career despite a massive upgrade in supporting cast and less responsibility. Per 36 minutes he posted lower than his career averages in points, steals, assists, FG%, 3PT% and Free throw percentage. Rebounds were on par with his career average. DJ is not a very good defensive player, consistently getting caught up in screens, committing a lot of cheap or lazy fouls but has earned a living off of his ...
The Toronto Raptors are one of many teams entering a "make a break" season in 2013/14, and the next 6 months could shape the next 3-5 years of the franchise. During the off-season, the front office brought in GM of the year Masai Ujiri, formed GM of the Nuggets, and an individual that is renowned for introducing change and implementing his own style on the organisation he runs. Upon moving to the Raptors, Ujiri immediately traded Bargnani, a former number 1 pick who really did not flourish in Canada at all, even the fans disliked him! Going forward, the next big move for the Raptors will most likely be the trading of Rudy *** possibly in order to attain draft picks for next year's loaded draft. Expect Ujiri to deal *** as soon as possible, maybe even before February, as he looks to rebuild the roster and instigate some change in Toronto. Furthermore, another name on the trade block for the Raptors is Demar Derozan, an athletic shooting guard that began to flourish in the latter portion of last season. De ...
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri talks about expectations for the team this season-…
Five Things to Watch: Toronto Raptors The Toronto Raptors are a team in flux. Gone is President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo and many of his front office staff. Now in charge – strangely enough – is his one-time understudy in Toronto, Masai Ujiri, fresh off an exceptional run as GM of the Denver Nuggets. Ujiri was lured away from the Nuggets by new Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke. Ujiri and Leiweke represent not only a changing of the guard for the Dinos but potentially a complete reset for a franchise with a shaky image around the NBA. But as the saying goes, the more things change, the more things stay the same. Regardless of rebranding or marketing speak, the on-court product still leaves a bit to be desired. That’s not to say there aren’t some intriguing story lines though this coming season. Here are five of them. 1. To Tank, or Not to Tank. This is the biggie. The Raptors go into this season as one of the only teams in the Eastern Conference this past summer that ...
Once more, a sitdown with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri and the team's timeline (hint: no need to pre-book bandwagon):
Unplugged: Raptors GM Masai Ujiri: ---Quote--- . *On working with the brash Tim Leiweke, presiden...
Unplugged: Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is in love with Toronto
"There’s something about Toronto. It’s a sleeping giant in some kind of way, if we can figure out how to get it going." - Masai Ujiri
-Masai Ujiri cautious with his words but thinks Raptors headed in right direction -The Golden State Warriors announced that they'll wear white short-sleeve uniforms for every Saturday home game, starting Nov. 2 vs. kings -Miami Heat has signed Roger Mason Jr., and perform training camp with the team in the Bahamas -Westbrook, asked if he'll consider changing his game post-injury: "Not at all. Not at all. -Chicago Bulls: Rose said he spent some time with starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler in LA this offseason -Mickael Pietrus Seeking Guaranteed Free Agent Deal Kevin Durant: "Dwyane Wade is a great player. i'm Not discrediting something you have done. Simply expressed my opinion. -Bulls GM Gar Forman said he's hopeful Derrick Rose plays in each preseason game -Magic camp roster lists Maurice Harkless at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds. Was listed at 6-foot-8 and 210 last year. -Hearing that Hollis Thompson will be going to training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers. -Diante Garrett and Rodney McGruder will join the ...
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That moment when you realize your favorite basketball team might suck this year
Quietly supporting at his announcement GM, Masai Ujiri speaks to the media.
Thanks Don't know if you heard this. RaptorBlog Radio with Masai Ujiri Playing his cards close to his vest
And here are some things Masai Ujiri said to me that didn't make it into the newspaper:
Again, here is my condensed Q&A from the newspaper with Masai Ujiri:
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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on the timeline for turning this thing round, and why there's no more 'snitching':
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri shrugs off pressure of rebuilding Toronto’s NBA franchise: Kelly
Raptors' Masai Ujiri wants to wake 'sleeping giant' in Toronto - National Post
On the eve of his first training camp in charge of the Raptors, Masai Ujiri spoke with me about himself and his team:
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TANK, PLEASE. RT"The future is in good hands MT a chat with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri -
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