Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri shouts expletive about Nets
That was Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri's sentiments at a fan rally outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto prior to Game 1 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Nets.
Video of Ujiri saying the strong word can be seen here. (Warning, contains graphic language, although you probably knew that already.)
Just before the second half started, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on the TV broadcast that Ujiri told him he's sorry for using foul language and that he meant no disrespect toward the Nets.
During a a brief session with reporters at halftime, Ujiri said, "Wrong choice of words out there. It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs.
"Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled — wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it."
Going into the series, there was speculation that Brooklyn tanked four of its last five regular-season games in order to face third-seeded Toronto instead of fourth-seeded Chicago. The Nets have denied those claims.
"Good for them," Ujiri said when asked about the Nets possibly seeking them as a playoff opponent. "You know what? We haven't lost one — I know I haven't and I can sense from the players — second of sleep worrying about the Brooklyn Nets.SI WIRE: NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants age limit raised
"At the end of the day if we want to be a good team, we have to play good teams. We're not hoping for anybody. We're in the playoffs. You have to play. They can do whatever they want. We'll be right here.