At a rally outside the Air Canada Centre before the game, Ujiri took the stage to address the fans. With microphone in hand, he commented, bluntly, on Wizards forward Paul Pierce, who made comments about the Raptors earlier in the week, saying the team lacked an 'it' factor.
Toronto fans have not taken kindly to Pierce's opinions, now facing the veteran star in a first-round playoff series for the second year in a row. Ujiri, it appears, couldn't resist stoking the flames.
"I know everybody wants me to say something about Paul Pierce," he said. "This is what I'm going to say. We don't give a s--- about it."
The video of Ujiri's comment is below (caution: foul language).
In an interview with TSN Saturday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he had been with Ujiri, who he's known for 25 years, backstage moments before his Pierce comments. You can watch the entire interview here.
"He's a very emotional guy," Silver told TSN. "It's not appropriate in the league, we'll leave it at that."
The NBA fined Ujiri $25,000 for his "F---' Brooklyn" comments regarding the Nets last season.
- Jeremy Woo