“I don’t have anything written. I’m going to speak straight from my heart.
With those words, Masai Ujiri became the first repatriated Raptors executive.
There have been returning players: Antonio Davis, Maceo Baston, Tracy Murray, Rasho Nesterovic and Oliver Miller came back for a return engagement, but none of those returned in their prime.
Ujiri is the reigning NBA Executive of the Year thanks to a 57-25 season with the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets were one of the youngest teams in the NBA and, at 42, Ujiri, like his former club, hasn’t ...View Post...
Masai Ujiri spent a night sleeping on a cold tile floor.
The story is one of a growing legion about the assent of the Raptors’ newly-minted GM through the NBA toward his current status as the league’s reigning executive of the year.
At the time Ujiri was an unpaid scout for the Orlando Magic.That affiliation was a testimony to Ujiri’s personality and connections.
The Magic had no budget for a scout to travel the world as Ujiri did. A Nigerian, Ujiri’s appeal was his potential to unearth African players.
There has been but one ...View Post...
Bryan Colangelo’s six-and-a-half year tenure as President and GM of the Toronto Raptors is over.
In a conference call new MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke said Colangelo was being retained as president but would cede control to an incoming General Manager.
The identity of that new person is still being worked out.
Leiweke said filling that post was a priority. Leiweke spent a day in New York at the NBA head offices gaining opinions and ...View Post...
The season may be over, but Amir Johnson remains one of Toronto’s great ambassadors. Check him out below at a recent Blue Jays game where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Be sure to follow Amir on his official Instagram account for more great photos.View Post...
TORONTO (CP) — The Toronto Raptors prefer to think of this as a beginning rather than an ending.
To be continued next season.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points as the Raptors beat the playoff-bound Boston Celtics 114-90 in their season finale Wednesday.
The victory capped a roller-coaster season that saw Toronto stagger out to a horrible 4-19 start but win the seventh of its last eight games to finish 34-48.
“(The strong finish) gives guys some momentum going in (to the off-season), feel good about themselves, understanding why we’re telling them to work on ...View Post...
Four and 19.
No matter how you look at, the Raptors disappointing 34-48 season turned on the club’s first 23 games and their inability to win more than four of them.
But there are other numbers as well.
Start with 18-17. That’s the club’s record since they acquired Rudy Gay on January 30.
How about 19.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Those are Gay’s numbers as a Raptor.
There are more. Amir Johnson’s career best 10 points ...View Post...
Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 113 Hawks 96
NOTE: Tonight’s start time against the Celtics is at 8 PM ET (Sportsnet ONE, FAN590).View Post...
ATLANTA (CP) — The Atlanta Hawks want to be well-rested for the playoffs.
They certainly didn’t use up any energy Tuesday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Toronto Raptors ran all over the playoff-bound Hawks, 113-96.
The Raptors made two-thirds of their shots in the first half, sprinting to a 68-51 lead as DeRozan scored 19 points and Gay chipped in with 17. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
“I’m going to err on ...View Post...