Masai Ujiri is a very intelligent man, that much we know.He can pretty much talk his way in and out of any situation he so pleases.
How else could you explain him managing to dump Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay's blotted salaries and still get valuable pieces in return?
However I don’t think he’ll be able to talk his way out of the inevitable fine that will be coming his way after the former NBA Executive of the Year screamed, “F*** Brooklyn!” during a rally on Sat. April 19th.
With the Raptors set to appear in the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2008, thousands of fans gathered for the “Party in the Square” prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets. Ujiri joined the crowd who had gathered to watch the game on the giant screen outside of the Air Canada Center at Maple Leaf Square, and it was there where he dropped the F-Bomb in an attempt to get the crowd going.
He would later take the opportunity to offer his apologies as he addressed the media, saying: “I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it.”
While his actions may possibly have offended some, Raptors players and coaches didn’t seem to care much. In fact they actually praised him for it.
“That’s Masai,” said Head Coach Dwane Casey. “That's why our team plays like that. He's a fiery guy and that should represent how we feel.”
Point Guard Kyle Lowry shared similar thoughts by saying: “He's a very passionate guy. He believes in what we have and what we're doing. That's what he is, he's a very passionate and emotional guy."
Amir Johnson was also of the same view as he stuck up for his GM. But he said it in a more eloquent manner. “I'm with him 100 percent. If he said f*** 'em, we all say f***'em."
Unfortunately for the Raptors, they were unable to use the Ujiri’s words to gain an upper hand in the series. Instead they lost the game 94-87. At least the crowd was great though.
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