A fantastic comment from RR reader, Alexey Ots, tells us what was and wasn’t aired from the Masai Ujiri interview with George Strombolopolous (brief video here): 

1) He retold the Lowry story about sitting down with him at the beginning of the season and challenging him to change the stigma of his reputation.

2) He said had a chat with Terrence Ross on Sunday March 23rd, about his sleeping habits, that he needs to get more rest.

3) He retold a story about meeting Nelson Mandela in Africa with Dikembe Mutombo, DeSagna Diop, and a couple of other younger players. Dikembe yelled at the younger players for not dressing better (they were in sweats) and told them to go back up into their hotel rooms and dress proper to meet Mr. Mandela.

4) George asked Ujiri about Phil Jackson’s impact coming to the Knicks and he said “He said he didn’t care, and that it wasn’t a factor to him” Then he just plainly stated and I quote “I HATE THE KNICKS!” – M. Ujiiri

5) I was in the crowd yelling “Raptors” loudly a couple of times during the applause and at one point, I yelled “RESIGN LOWRY” and GM Ujiri was looking straight at me. He had a deer in headlights type look, but then kinda smiled.

6) Talked to George afterward and asked him about asking him about resigning Lowry, He said he couldn’t ask that and that he wanted to ask him and also about Amir’s knee instead, but didn’t also.

7) Masai repeatedly made it known throughout the interview, that Toronto is his home that he loves it here and that he is fully committed to making the Raptors a top team over time. That he really doesn’t leave town in the summer, and his phone is always on for work purposes 24/7.

8) He credited BC for bringing him into the Raptors and making the draft picks of DD, Big V, and getting Amir. He says that the Raptors fans should give Colangelo more credit.

9) He thinks its crap that people perceive Toronto as a place players don’t wanna play at. He says look at the top teams in the east, Miami is nice sure, but he personally hates the city, and how anyone thinks its warmer or better in Indiana or Chicago is beyond him. Toronto is the best in his opinion.

10) When he walked out by me, I bowed to him and personally thanked him for fixing the Raptors. Just a very awesome person, who I am glad is the GM of my favorite sports team.

More updates from comments:

Oh yeah and ONE more HUGE one! Masai asked permission from Mark Cuban to speak with Vince Carter while the Mavs were in Toronto to play the Raptors earlier this season (and Cuban said yes), and it was inferred that Carter does want to rejoin the Raptors next season and finish his career here. Ujiri said he hopes that Raptor fans could forgive him and that his legacy with the team is a very important one.

Alexey Ots • 5 hours ago

5 extra ones real quick I just remembered:

1) George kept pressing him about the horrible job the referees have been doing, he said every time if George gave him the fine money he would open up about it.

2) Masai was asked about drafting some of the Canadian players from the tournament and he said he would definitely look at them, but once again if George paid the fine for him he would open up.

3) George asked him how close we were really to changing the Raptors name, and Ujiri said that was a question for Tim Leiweke who will be on George’s show in the next week or so.

4) Masai’s favorite movie as a kid growing up was Jordan’s “Come Fly with Me”.

5) He also enjoyed the “Fish that saved Pittsburgh” and the Kevin Bacon one “The Air Up There”. That these films got him interested in basketball originally.

The taping was on the 24th of March. If I remember any more I promise to post it.

  • Alexey Ots

    5 extra ones real quick I just remembered:

    1) George kept pressing him about the horrible job the referees have been doing, he said every time if George gave him the fine money he would open up about it.

    2) Masai was asked about drafting some of the Canadian players from the tournament and he said he would definitely look at them, but once again if George paid the fine for him he would open up.

    3) George asked him how close we were really to changing the Raptors name, and Ujiri said that was a question for Tim Leiweke who will be on George’s show in the next week or so.

    4) Masai’s favorite movie as a kid growing up was Jordan’s “Come Fly with Me”.

    5) He also enjoyed the “Fish that saved Philadelphia” and the Kevin Bacon one “The Air Up There”. That these films got him interested in basketball originally.

    The taping was on the 24th of March. If I remember any more I promise to post it.

  • Alexey Ots

    Oh yeah and ONE more HUGE one! Masai asked permission from Mark Cuban to speak with Vince Carter while the Mavs were in Toronto to play the Raptors earlier this season (and Cuban said yes), and it was inferred that Carter does want to rejoin the Raptors next season and finish his career here. Ujiri said he hopes that Raptor fans could forgive him and that his legacy with the team is a very important one.

    • ZQ

      If this in fact is true, I am very excited and will have a reason to wear my VC jersey at the ACC next season

    • Tanks-a-lot

      After Salmons, I’m ok with that idea now. As long as Wince is the 3rd option bench wing.

      • Alexey Ots

        yeah i was thinking the same thing. At first when Ujiri was talking about it, I was like HELL NO! but if he can not give the young guys bad habits, and actually work his ass off this time, he could be a boon for our bench. No way he starts at all. He would have to be ready to be used like Landry this year, AND not bitch about it. Then he can have his coming home tour with the team he knows loved him best. I believe much like TMAC he regrets his departure from T.O. and how he let us all down.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          Those times were awful. So many players with this idea that there was such thing as “the man”.

      • Roarque

        So you want Wince to play for the Raptors but only as our third option? Why would you waste a space on our bench that could be used as a development tool for the next Terrence Ross on another John Salmons. Both Wince and Salmons publicly abandoned Toronto because they felt that other places were better that a cold, socialist state populated by morons headed towards Marxism. Or maybe you’re just into humiliation, public humiliation. Gee wiz Mr Carter, can we hand your jersey in our rafters?

        • jjdynomite

          This. Maybe Ujiri can offer Drake’s parking spot to Michelle Carter as well.

          /Frucking pansy Raptor “fans” with Sally Field “they really like us” inferiority complexes — I’d make a generalization about limp-wristed Canadians but I’ll stop there.

          • afrocarter

            Wow. WOW. Talk about JADED. Get over yourself. The fact that Vince is, it seems, seriously considering coming back to finish off his career should be the apology all Raptor fans have been asking for.

            • jjdynomite

              Good for you afrocarter if bringing back a 37-year-old who hasn’t apologized for anything — nor won jack except for a mediocre Olympic gold medal win — floats your boat. Ah, Toronto, the true Second City.

              • afrocarter

                “Oh boo hoo, I can’t get over my 10-year-old hurt feelings and thus can’t accept any efforts for atonement”. I welcome a hard-working veteran presence in the locker room & an upgrade at the wing position off the bench.

                • jjdynomite

                  “I welcome a hard-working veteran presence in the locker room & an upgrade at the wing position off the bench.” We already have Salmons to fill that role, you want a cookie with that?

                  A 37 1/2 year old Wince who half the arena would boo when he checks in at the 6:13 mark of the first quarter would do nothing but alienate half the fan base who is older than 30.

                  You and the delusional Cleveland fans who want LeBron back simply don’t get it. And at least LBJ is a game-changer… who didn’t dog it during his last season on his original team. But hey, at least Wince inspired Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett to become NBA players. For that, I offer you another cookie.

                • afrocarter

                  Game 5 vs. the Celtics? Eastern Conference Semis 2010, anyone? Anyway…

                  To hold such an incredible grudge for 10 years is impressive. We ALL understand that Vince is a different person and a completely different player than he was back then. Not as athletic, but he certainly works a lot harder on the defensive end, and is a great teammate. I’m just trying to be rational, let bygones be bygones, and look forward to the possibility of the Raps picking up a solid bench performer — one who would be a HUGE upgrade to Salmons. That’s it.

                • Guest

                  How do you know he is a “different person”? In fact, which I watched the SNO backed Vince special, I didn’t see anything different about him – “as a person”. So what insight am I, and all of the other people in this city who don’t agree with you missing?

                  I get it. Some people are cool with the fact that he’s never apologized. Others, to protect Vince, put it all on management, as if Vince had *no choice*.

                  But you shouldn’t be so closed minded to think that everyone has to do the same thing, to talk down to us about a “10 year grudge” being impressive, or whatever. Just accept not everyone loves the guy for what he did and not everyone is thrilled about him coming back as is.

                  It doesn’t mean we don’t respect what he did in his best days, etc. At least for me, that’s not relevant. Bad analogy alert – Having a great marriage doesn’t always mean being happy about the divorce.

                • afrocarter

                  The fact that Vince has expressed interest — on multiple occasions, no less — in a return to the Raptors should be enough of an indication that he’s a “different person”. Would the old Vince ever — EVER — consider returning to this team? I’m pretty sure he’d rather have died than don the purple & silver again.

                  I used to boo Vince all the time. Heck, I was booing him even before he left town (remember how he used to troll the media?). But at some point, you just gotta let it go. How will anything that happened 10 years ago have any legitimate effect on the 2014-2015 season? The franchise has (slowly) worked past and through it; we, as fans, should do right by said franchise and follow suit.

                  And I did’t mean to talking down to anyone; I just intended to state facts (though admittedly I do get facetious at times). 1) Holding that kind of hate in you for so long is, objectively speaking, never healthy, 2) Vince, even now, would be a considerable upgrade for the bench unit, and 3) I forgot what else I was going to type.

                • Alester Bates

                  Shut the f00k up you saucy little cunt writing your big paragraphs. Nobody gives a f**k what you think. F**k YOU and f**k Whince Quitter too. He never apologised for anything. When he publically comes on TV and says I’m SORRY then maybe I might be open to a reunion. If he still wants to act like he did nothing, f**k off back to Dallas or Orlando, we don’t need him. He only wants to come back to Toronto because this is the only city which still remembers him, which is pretty sad if you ask me. Yeah we can hate him and if YOU got a problem with that, deal with you f*cking no good cunt.

                • afrocarter

                  baaaaaaaaahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

                • Alester Bates

                  Stupid fucking little prat, what are you on about? You he’s manager you little twat?

                • Alester Bates

                  I changed the channel as soon as he started yapping his f00king gums. Stuck up little cunt thinks he did nothing wrong…and he says someone wrote him a note but he can’t say who…what the f00k do we look like some stupid chumps on the side of the road? F00k him.

    • Bendit

      Really?? Speaking strictly of “legacy” and “team identity” (something TL & MU both have spoken about), I would, hands down, choose Amir Johnson to be representative of the Raptors on those issues and be proud of it than the MTV/ESPN inspired dunking quisling that is Vince Carter. I wonder what % of the NBA viewing/following cognoscenti (excl. those in Canada) actually cares that VC was once a Raptor or a badly behaved one at that?

  • Bendit

    MU had a chat with Ross about his sleeping habits? LOL.Good man MU…now, thats what I call good “general” managing…keeping your finger on the pulse at all times and good surveillance techniques.

    • Alexey Ots

      Elaboration: He said you know how a young person who gets a lot of money all of sudden may behave, inferring Ross has been partying too much. All through the interview Ujiri kept harping on honesty and being up front with staff and players. So I guess he was like Terrence lets sit down and have a chat. Interesting that is Ross gets more sleep if he may start playing better again. Maybe this is what they mean by the rookie/young player wall, they party too hard all season and it catches up by the end of the year?

      • Ion66

        I see Ross as more of the “Up till 4am playing X-Box” type.

        • Roarque

          Exactly. The team security on the road prevents any of them partying while travelling.

          • Alexey Ots

            I hope you are right, but it was my impression by the way Ujiri said it, is that Ross is out spending cash on the town into the late hours, probably here in the T-Dot.

            • Regina Raps Fan

              Funny story, my cousin is a bank manager for Chase bank in NY, and T.Ross walked in & applied for a credit card after he got drafted but got denied cuz his credit was so bad, lol. Even though he had money to show, bank didn’t care :s

  • Tanks-a-lot

    “told them to go back up into their hotel rooms and dress proper to meet Mr. Mandela the marxist terrorist killer of innocent people which was the real reason he was imprisoned”

    FTF Mutombo

    • Roarque

      You say “markist” like it’s a bad thing. Why is Marxism bad? Can you differentiate Marxism from Socialism?

      • Tanks-a-lot

        Why isn’t marxism bad? moron.

        socialism is just the path to communism. the path to total evil on earth (besides islam, of course)

        • Regina Raps Fan

          Why the fuk are u here? Get the fuk off our site u racist bigot. Go write on some Fox forum. This guy shud move south of the border and be banned from here

          • Tanks-a-lot

            “u racist bigot”
            islam isn’t a “race”. islam is bigotry towards all KUFFAR.

            are you stupid or just indoctrinated?

            • MisterM

              You are a disgusting human being. And this is Toronto, Canada. We are proud of our multiculturalism. Can’t wait until you’re banned by this time tomorrow.

              • Tanks-a-lot

                such tolerance of diversity of opinion
                warms the cockles of my heart

                • Haim not Feldman

                  I don’t like using labels but for arguments sake I want to comment about
                  “Liberals”. They amaze me, they mean well with their beliefs in
                  equality and diversity but Liberals need to understand there is such a
                  thing as good and evil in this world and evil must be defeated. There
                  also are moral codes in the universe. Some of the Liberal anything goes
                  weirdo agenda is just wrong.

                • Tanks-a-lot

                  I’m pretty much past anger about the suicide cult of multicult. It’s really too late now even if all immigration from 3rd world crapholes and islamic crapholes were to be ceased.

                  Realize that what is happening in Europe right now and the immediate future is going to be a reality here eventually.

                  Liberals aren’t liberal anymore. Mostly they are internationalist communists. I know it sounds extreme to say that but it really is the new Alinski ‘Rules for Radicals’ and Frankfurt School cultural marxist ‘critical theories’ that form the core of the left’s political heart now.

            • MisterM

              Wow, and after nearly 4500 comments you’ll be banned. That sucks. When you get banned tomorrow, I want you to know that it was ME who got you turfed. :) When you get home from school and go down into your parents basement and try to log in, whoops, you’ll see your account is no longer active. Great job troll!

    • c_bcm

      This is a totally inappropriate comment. Please keep your socio-political comments to other more appropriate websites and/or forums.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        no
        Mandela is responsible for murder and that FACT should never get past along.

    • Ryan

      One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Mandela killed in the name of freedom not tyranny. Freedom has its cost and sometimes, unfortunately, innocent people are collateral damage.

      • Tanks-a-lot

        Mandela killed in the name of marxism. The ANC is tyranny and a racist political bunch of human garbage.

        Tell me, would you go and live in the ANC utopia right now?

    • A G

      No one is perfect and a discussion could be had, but I digress. You’re fried.

  • TDot Mix Productions

    If anyone missed the interview here is the full video of that episode..just skip through John Baird part…you’re welcome :) http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/videos/full-episode/gst-s4-episode-180-hon-john-baird-masai-ujiri

  • Alexey Ots

    George just posted the full interview on FB and his site…. you can now fact check me gentlemen http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/videos/guest-interview/masai-ujiri

  • Alexey Ots

    George stole my resign Lowry question for Ujiri and asked Leiweke instead! LOL