Masai Ujiri: A Few Minutes With The Raptors GM

New Raptors GM and President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri has hit the ground running since his hire in early June. Really, he’s had no choice with changes to his front office and scouting staff in progress, a draft on the horizon followed by a free agency period that will set the course for his tenure in Toronto.

Amidst the flurry of activity on the 15th floor at ACC, Ujiri took a few minutes to sit down with me in his office to discuss his start with the Raptors.

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Rudy Gay: Scavenger Hunter

Did you catch Rudy Gay vs. former Raptor Kris Humphries last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night? Check out their epic scavenger hunt matchup below…

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One-On-One With Masai Ujiri

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Masai Ujiri, Citizen Of The World, Comes Home

Masai Ujiri is the Raptors fifth General Manager.

“I don’t have anything written. I’m going to speak straight from my heart.

“I’m home.”

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 ...

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From a cold floor to the corner office.

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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.

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Take Amir Out To The Ball Game…

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.

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Raptors Win Fifth Straight. Questions Start Now.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

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 ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Celtics

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).

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Raptors Crush Hawks For Fourth Straight Win

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.

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Hawks

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Nets 87 Raptors 93

NOTE: Tonight’s game against the Hawks has been changed to an 8 PM ET start and will air on TNT in addition to TSN2.

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