#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Thunder

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Masai Ujiri Takes Opportunity To Praise Nelson Mandela

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Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri is one of millions who have been moved by the life and legacy of South African revolutionary, philanthropist and politician Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95.

As the NBA’s first African-born GM, Ujiri has unique perspective on Mandela and delivered a touching tribute to him at the end of his post-trade news conference on Monday.

Ujiri grew up in Zaria, Nigeria watching Mandela’s inspirational fight for peace in South Africa and described how he respected and identified with it ...

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Ujiri Celebrates Ten Years With Giants Of Africa

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Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri saw a labour of love enjoy a milestone on Sunday, as his Giants of Africa foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Toronto.

Giants of Africa has used basketball as a tool to help enrich the lives of African youth with some impressive results over the last decade. Kids involved with the foundation’s Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp have gone on to play at numerous levels, including American high schools and universities and junior club teams across Europe.

It’s also helped open doors to ...

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Raptors Open Toronto Stock Exchange With New Partner BMO

Raptors president of basketball operations and GM Masai Ujiri along with members of his staff opened the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, which also saw the announcement of BMO as a major partner for the 2013-14 season.

The morning started as Ujiri presented BMO Chief Marketing Officer and Head Strategist Joanna Rotenberg with a signed Raptors jersey and publicly announced the Raptors’ new partnership with BMO.

But it wasn’t long before it was time for everyone to get in front of the camera and ring the bell (which ...

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New GM Masai Ujiri Plans To Toughen The Troops

Masai Ujiri is careful.

The Raptors 43-year-old President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, the club’s fifth GM, has used a series of measured moves to re-position the team.

He signed rambunctious reserve Tyler Hansbrough and traded centre Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks for a package that came down to three-point shooter Steve Novak, a first-rounder in 2016 and second round picks in 2014 and 2017.

Ujiri retained head coach Dwane Casey, albeit with a reconfigured coaching staff and brought in depth players D.J. Augustin, Austin Daye and Julyan Stone.

But if ...

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Raptors Preview: We Have Answers

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2013-2014 as a story in search of an ending.

They have an intriguing list of characters and plenty of impending plot twists all of which will result in what?

The team’s first post-season appearance after a five-year hiatus built on the maturation of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas as well as an uptick from Rudy Gay?

RELATED: NBA TV Raptors Season Preview

An exciting playoff race entices new general manager Masai Ujiri to stand pat?

A stumble from the gate that prompts Ujiri to dismantle the roster?

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Recapping The Raptors Season Preview Event

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If you weren’t aware before last night, you likely know now: this is definitely a new era for Raptors basketball.

MLSE President and CEO Tim Leiweke and Raptors President of Basketball Operations and GM Masai Ujiri made that loud and clear at a season preview event for Season Seat Holders that was also streamed live right here at Raptors.com on Friday night.

Our recap below has highlights of some of the insights shared by Leiweke and Ujiri on what’s been done this offseason and their vision for the Raptors going forward. Plus ...

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Ujiri Joins Basketball Without Borders in Johannesburg

Raptors President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Masai Ujiri is with Basketball Without Borders in Johannesburg, South Africa. NBA Africa has provided us with photos from his visit (click here to view the full gallery), while Rachel Walsh of the NBA has provided us with the recap below.

BWB Africa Tips Off in Style

The annual 11th Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa camp tipped off at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday morning. It is a consecutive BWB camp for Luol Deng, Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and ...

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Ujiri Visits Johannesburg

Raptors president of basketball operations and general manager Masai Ujiri has been in Johannesburg, South Africa recently to celebrate the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Cultural Day, as well as, take part in the 11th annual Basketball Without Borders Africa camp.

NBA Africa’s Pawel Weszka sat down with Ujiri for a wide-ranging Q & A and also provided us with plenty of photos from his visit, which you can check out in a gallery by clicking the photo below. We’ll have much more from Ujiri at the BWB camp throughout the ...

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Hansbrough Comes To Add Teeth To Raptors’ Defence

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What is a vice in an opponent is a virtue in a teammate.

Take power forward Tyler Hansbrough, a free agent signee unveiled by the Raptors on Monday.

The six-foot-nine, 27-year-old Hansbrough is already famous in Toronto, albeit for the wrong reason. His over-the-top throwdown of rookie Jonas Valanciunas last season was a YouTube staple.

Over four years in Indiana, Hansbrough distinguished himself largely on the number of bodies he could bring to the ground and the number of the times someone else did likewise. Last season he averaged about 17 minutes for ...

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