TAG: Masai Ujiri

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Apr 19, 2014 / 2:59 pm

Raptors GM, Masai Ujiri, Tells Pre-Game Rally Crowd: “F*** Brooklyn”

Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

The Raptors and Nets kicked off the 2014 NBA Playoffs a couple hours ago. In a pre-game speech at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, ended his talk by telling the crowd, “F*** Brooklyn.” The playoffs have started you guys. Read More »

NBA / Feb 27, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The Top 5 Candidates For NBA Executive of the Year

Bob Myers

Bob Myers (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

While the players receive all of the attention on the court, it is the general managers who construct the teams off the court, in hopes of leading their organizations to great success. Without these executives, it is difficult to fathom how professional franchises would properly function.

At the end of each season, the NBA gives out the Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by executives of the league’s 30 teams. The season is now closer to completion than it is to its start, and the race this year is certainly tight. Read More »

NBA / Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 pm

6 Rebuilding NBA Teams That Could Takeover In The Future

Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard

Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard (Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports)

This NBA season, it seems some teams are in full tank mode. If you just take a look at the Eastern Conference standings alone, you will understand. This year’s NBA Draft prospects are the perfect cash crops for GMs and owners around the league who are looking to rebuild their teams. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Dec 13, 2013 / 12:30 pm

James Dolan Nixes Kyle Lowry Trade Over Concerns Raptors GM Had Fleeced Him Again

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields (photo. http://instagram.com/demar_derozan)

According to the New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola, MSG Chairman and Knicks owner James Dolan vetoed a trade that would have brought Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry to New York in exchange for Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and New York’s first-round pick in 2018. Dolan is concerned with the perception Raptors GM Masai Ujiri would again be taking advantage of the Knicks owner. Read More »

NBA / Dec 9, 2013 / 11:45 am

The Rudy Gay Trade Sent A Loud Message To Toronto Fans

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay (photo. Polk Audio)

After 20 or so games this year, there a few things we know for sure:

1. The Heat are/will be a contender as long as LeBron is on the court, but the margin for error has gotten smaller.

2. The Western Conference is incredibly deep; excluding the Suns (who should eventually return to the their tanking roots), there are 12 teams competing for eight spots. Further proof lies in the fact that last year’s playoff darlings, the Golden State Warriors, are currently in the eighth and final spot. (In all fairness, they are missing do-it-all stud Andre Iguodala.) Read More »

NBA / Apr 17, 2013 / 12:00 pm

10 Tiers Of The Best NBA Players 25 Years Old Or Younger

Derrick Rose

Serge Ibaka, Dime #58

As much as I enjoy watching LeBron James at the peak of his NBA powers, as much as I enjoy watching the veteran Celtics come together since Rajon Rondo went down, as fun as it is to watch Carmelo Anthony drop 35-plus night after night en-route to his first scoring title, and Chris Paul continuing to be the best point guard of this generation, what makes the NBA so great night in and night out is everyone else. Read More »

Smack / Jul 21, 2012 / 12:53 am

Derrick Rose Says He’ll Be Back; New Details In Dwight Howard Trade Talks

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. adidas)

Derrick Rose believes in the process. In fact, he says “My biggest concern is don’t worry about me. I know I’m going to be all right” (that doesn’t really make sense). The fallen Chicago star took to YouTube yesterday to provide a rare update for his fans on the status of his injury. Of course, reports say his knee is ahead of schedule, but what did you really expect to hear? Most are saying Rose won’t be ready anytime before the turn of the new year, and we sincerely hope the Bulls take their time with him. They aren’t winning the title next year, and we’re not trying to see another Gilbert Arenas instance go down, where it felt like every comeback from injury was rushed. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 23, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Trailer: “The Association: Denver Nuggets,” Episode 1

Ty Lawson

Back again for the third time, NBA TV is presenting another season of The Association, starting this Wednesday. The cast and characters this year: one of the league’s most consistently successful organizations, the Denver Nuggets. Whereas in past seasons with Boston and the Lakers, we knew what we were getting, which was a story about a team trying to win a championship. But with the Nuggets, the show should take on a different feel, not because they aren’t trying to win it all but because episode one (trailer after the jump) goes behind-the-scenes with a team that had only seven players at the start of training camp. Read More »