View Poll Results: Who do you think will be next GM of the Toronto Raptors?

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  • Masai Ujiri

    23 52.27%
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    6 13.64%
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Thread: Masai Ujiri Hired As Raptors GM (post #780)

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    Quote Primer wrote: View Post
    He also drafted Farried and Fournier, who were excellent value at where they were picked and have turned into important contributors on Denver.

    The first round exit was due to injuries in my eyes. Gallinari is arguably their best player and he was out. If Gallinari plays I think they beat Golden State.
    I don't know if it is a foregone conclusion but I would tend to agree. Also, Faried was not playing healthy.

    But then again Curry was getting shots in his ankle and Lee got injured too.
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    Are we absolutely sure Ujiri was the main proponent of the Alabi pick? The fact both are Nigerian and that they had a previous connection makes it an obvious assumption...but an assumption no less. Would be interested in a link on the subject with some reference mentioning Masai as the driver of the pick.....eg. like Casey was for the Ross pick.
    I can't be certain but this to me sounds like he was Masai's pick.

    It was on the dirt basketball courts of Nigeria that Masai Ujiri first saw Solomon Alabi, a gangly, untrained, 6-foot-9 teenaged bundle of promise and potential.

    Alabi was precisely the kind of youngster the Raptors assistant general manager of player personnel wanted to reach in his goal of developing the sport he loves in the country of his birth, a kid who was hungry to learn but lacked the opportunity, possibly destined to live a life of unrealized athletic potential.

    As he stood in the Raptors’ practice facility Tuesday afternoon, just after Alabi had taken another step on an improbable journey from those dirt courts to the NBA by going through an NBA pre-draft workout, Ujiri beamed.

    And rightfully so.

    Alabi, now a 7-foot-1 Florida State sophomore likely to be picked in the first round of next week’s NBA draft, represents one of the true success stories of Ujiri’s work to make the sport relevant and the opportunities great for African teenagers.

    “He meant a lot in my life,” Alabi said of Ujiri. “When I started playing basketball in a small town (Kaduna) where not too many people knew about basketball and only a few people played basketball, Masai did a camp in my town and . . . that’s when I started getting exposed to basketball.”

    It was all part of Ujiri’s grand plan to provide opportunities for Nigerian youths who’d been denied them. Ujiri has run a camp for young African big men for about a decade and has been heavily involved with the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program, which is where Alabi continued his development.

    It is the kind of outreach program the NBA is rightfully proud of as it searches out talent and provides instruction and infrastructure.

    “When I started playing, I never played on a basketball court,” said Alabi, who is projected to go late in the draft’s first round. “I played on dirt on the ground, they don’t even have concrete on the floor. I went to the camp and they had concrete on the floor .

    “Basketball Without Borders really helped me. That’s where I first got exposed to well-organized basketball and that really encouraged me to play basketball more.”

    That encouragement is just what Ujiri’s been trying to provide to African youngsters for years. Alabi is one of the crowning jewels, a teenager who took advantage of the camps and the contacts to go to the United States for high school and parlay that into a scholarship. Now he’s on the precipice of an NBA career.

    “We’re slowing getting there and with the programs like Basketball Without Borders and the big-man camp and all the programs growing in Africa . . . we’re very, very proud of these kids,” said Ujiri.

    Seen as a raw but talented young big man, Alabi was one of four prospects to work out for the Raptors on Tuesday. With another round of workouts scheduled for Thursday and one in the works for next week, the staff is slowly trying to shape some sort of priority list.

    But whatever happens, Ujiri is going to keep a close eye on Alabi because of the bond that developed on another continent.

    “He’s a great example for the kids back home,” said the Raptors executive. “With a country like Nigeria and a continent like Africa, with the population, there are so many kids, we just need the facilities and you guys (the media) to promote the game a little bit and we can build some more courts over there and grow the game.”

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...t_hopeful.html
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    Where is Alabi now? he was raw like uncooked chicken but he had a nose for the ball.

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    The unfortunate thing about Alabi is if someone had just told him to start taking jumpshots, he probably had a chance at a long term contract under Colangelo.

    Someone missed the boat on that one.

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    You guys are seriously getting this worked up over a second round pick? You act like we took him in the lottery or something.

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    Well after reading this I understood that we should stop hesitating if it's the wrong GM for us
    http://www.denverstiffs.com/2013/5/2...-him-in-denver
    go figure
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    I wonder if Ujiri would bring Forbesy back

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    I wonder if Ujiri would bring Forbesy back
    Who?

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    Quote Rapstor4Life wrote: View Post
    Who?
    Gary Forbes...
    Ceez has an odd obsession with him

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    Very odd and....
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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    Gary Forbes...
    Ceez has an odd obsession with him
    Lol that nobody. Theres a reason he isnt in the league anymore Ceez.

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    Actually for me, 2 underrated moves by Ujiri were not matching the Raptors offer sheets on both Klieza and Forbes. No overpaying for scrubs. I like that he's all about high potential talent.

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    One thing that really pissed the hell out of me during BC's tenure was the lack of Chinese players. I ain't specifically talking about Lin, but how could they completely ignore all the Linsanity that took over Toronto everytime he came here ??

    Its something TL should do something about, its like free money.

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    Quote phez wrote: View Post
    One thing that really pissed the hell out of me during BC's tenure was the lack of Chinese players. I ain't specifically talking about Lin, but how could they completely ignore all the Linsanity that took over Toronto everytime he came here ??

    Its something TL should do something about, its like free money.
    I don't agree ethnicity should have any factor on anything - maybe I am naive.

    You know what else is free money though? Home playoff games.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    ...You know what else is free money though? Home playoff games.
    Here, here!

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    What the hell are MLSE doing

    One thing is for sure: Denver Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is going to be getting a raise this off-season. The team he will be working for is still to be determined. According to Doug Smith, beat reporter on the Raptors for The Star.com in Toronto, Ujiri will take a couple days to mull over the offers from the Raptors and Nuggets. The Raptors' offer appears to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million per season, according to Smith.
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    1.5 Mill?! They better have another candidate on the ready.

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    Quote blackjitsu wrote: View Post
    What the hell are MLSE doing



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    1.5 Mill?! They better have another candidate on the ready.
    Do you know how much BC made?

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    Quote phez wrote: View Post
    Do you know how much BC made?
    When he was in 2 roles he was making 5 Mill. Who knows what he's making for just being "president."

    The thing is, they are competing for this guy. Is 1.5 really enough? It IS 3 times his last salary...I don't know.

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    Quote Rapstor4Life wrote: View Post
    Where is Alabi now? he was raw like uncooked chicken but he had a nose for the ball.
    Last I heard he went from the D League to play in Greece. His numbers were low there too. Well, he's still playing basketball, that's at least something.

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    Nuggets still trying to keep Ujiri. Well. We stuck.

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