MU is being cautious about disrupting chemistry and will not sacrifice the future

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Old 02-14-2014, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default MU is being cautious about disrupting chemistry and will not sacrifice the future

He understands that every NBA player can shoot, dribble, jump and run and have the requisite skills that make them employable; it is finding a group that can do that without petty jealousies or personality clashes disrupting that growth is what drives him.

“The only thing I’m fascinated with is chemistry,” the Raptors general manager said in a wide-ranging interview in his corner office this week. “For me, that just beats everything because it’s what you dream about in team sports.”

With that in mind, Ujiri will approach the coming NBA trade deadline cautiously, always looking for ways to improve the roster but always worried about disrupting what is a pretty good — if young — thing he’s crafted so far.

“Chemistry is a hard thing to find in sports,” he said. “When you find it, you better ride it and figure it out from there, start figuring it out from there, because it is a very difficult thing to find in sports.”
“I’ll never forget that Brooklyn game when we won over there,” he said of a dramatic, last-second win over the Nets that spoke volumes to Toronto’s ability to hang around in games, working together and never giving up hope.

“Seeing them coming back into that locker room you could tell . . . there is a belief.
“The one thing, you never see any blame. Yeah, they’ll get on each other sometimes on the court but you can tell it’s to encourage and it’s in the moment, but there is that belief that we can fight and we can get there.”


With the trade deadline looming, Ujiri is unwilling to sacrifice the longer-term future for immediate satisfaction. This a good team, far from great, with lots of room for improvement. But trying to hit a home run for the rest of this season runs counter to Ujiir’s personality, and his job description.
“Everybody gets excited, and sometimes we try to take too many steps forward but here we’re not like that, that’s not how I am,” he said. “We’re not here thinking we’ve arrived at all, there is still so much work to be done, so much thinking to be done.

“We are the one office that has to look at it five years from now, we have to. We can’t just look at it . . . if we make this move, it gets us to 48 (wins this season) and next year it takes us down; we’re not going to do things like that. We’re going gradually, patiently and we are going to build this team and this organization for the future. I have to do that.”
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri cautious as NBA trade deadline approaches, won’t sacrifice future | Toronto Star
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a big thing I'm afraid of with this team, taking too many steps at once. Good to see Masai acknowledge that as an issue and state he won't get caught up in that.

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Old 02-15-2014, 08:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Love his approach ... that's what Management / GM should be doing ... not immediate gratification

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it would be taking steps backwards if lowry walks this season, just hope he plays with the same competitive fire after being handed a big contract.

Chemistry is huge and often underrated. A lot of bad teams in the past have looked good on paper.

But lets not kid ourselves, for the Raptors to be a perennial legit Atlantic division leader some major upgrades will have to happen.. either by adding better talent or young players getting better.
Hope Masai can put that cap space to better use, that will be a good change for the Raptors for once
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