Raptors hold a season preview event at the ACC
Old 10-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Raptors Raptors hold a season preview event at the ACC

This is going on toinight, here are some of the goings on:

Quote:
The Toronto Raptors

The #Raptors will host a Season Preview event tonight at ACC with members of the management team, coaching staff, select players and MLSE President and CEO Tim Leiweke speaking to Season Seat Holders.

Watch it LIVE at Raptors.com, beginning at 7 PM ET --> Raptors Live | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE TORONTO RAPTORS
Quote:
Victoria Nguyen  @VictoriaNewsyen
Leiweke says the @Raptors are his favourite of all MLSE teams.
Quote:
Toronto Raptors  @Raptors

Ujiri: "This year it's not about wins and losses. It's about how much we grow." #Raptors #RTZ
Quote:
HHB  @hoophousebball

@Raptors we've been growing for the last 5 years. It's about time we grow up #Raptors #RTZ
Quote:
Jay Satur  @jaysatur

RT @ekoreen: Masai says his wife is pregnant. Mentions all the origins in family, but his kid will be Canadian.
Quote:
Toronto Raptors  @Raptors

RT @Geromee: Great end to Ujiri's speech. My baby will be Canadian. #rtz







Raptors Season Preview Event..." target="_blank">Behind The Scenes at Raptors Season Preview Event...

Last edited by jeffb; 10-18-2013 at 09:50 PM.
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
feeling free and doesn't give a f@k

Council Elder
 
heelmaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 370
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Toronto Raptors  @Raptors

Ujiri: "This year it's not about wins and losses. It's about how much we grow."
The Raptors are taking season to evaluate the mix ... boom or bust.
heelmaniac is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 09:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Default

Raptors Video | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE TORONTO RAPTORS
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 10:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
whatever

Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: toronto
Posts: 9,388
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Leiweke says the @Raptors are his favourite of all MLSE teams.
I bet he says that to all the girls ...
moremilk is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 10:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
LX
present minded

In the Paint


 
LX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 27,930
Representing:
Default

What the Raptors’ Masai Ujiri wants fans to do at Toronto’s games | National Post

Quote:
TORONTO — The lights do not usually dim for professional sports executives. On Friday evening, they did for Masai Ujiri.

As the video screen that hung over centre court at the Air Canada Centre showed some clips of Ujiri, Started From The Bottom by Drake — can’t forget the global ambassador — belted out from the speakers. Draped in a sleek grey suit, Ujiri made his way to the stage at the Toronto Raptors’ season preview event.

Then, more or less, he screeched. Three times. Officially, he was saying “Woooo,” but it came out distinctly high-pitched, all three times. It prefaced a 25-minute span during which Ujiri was no longer president and general manager of the Raptors. Instead, he was a motivational speaker.

Ujiri started by speaking about last year’s first-round playoff series between the Nuggets, who he was in charge of at the time, and the Warriors. He mentioned that he thought the crowd in Oakland’s Oracle Arena had won the series for Golden State. He then said that the crowd at the Air Canada Centre could give the Raptors an extra five or 10 wins a year.

“We have to make this place a living hell for [the opposition] to come play here,” Ujiri said.

“If you’re coming to play here on Sunday at 1 o’clock, you’re getting your ass kicked.”

Most of all, Ujiri attacked the inferiority complex that dogs Raptors fans, or at least that many people insist dogs Raptors fans. For the cheap pop, Ujiri mentioned that his wife was pregnant, and despite all the different heritages that are at play — Kenyan, Nigerian, Guinean, American, among others — their first child would be Canadian. He might as well have been wearing a lumberjack jacket.

“Honestly guys: I haven’t done anything,” he said of his accomplishments in Denver. “I want to do it here.”

He was not afraid to display a little humour. He said that when he first took over in Denver, he went to Bryan Colangelo’s home for dinner when the Nuggets visited the Raptors. Before getting to the meat of the story — that several of the Nuggets players were going out late at night, so sure were they that they would win the next day — he recalled beating Colangelo and his kids at ping pong. He then told all of the fans in attendance he would do the same to them, if they dared challenge him.

We’re going to make everybody watch us
Late in his time on the stage, he started to introduce his new front office. The first man he introduced was Jeff Weltman. “He’s our vice-president of basketball operations, whatever that means,” Ujiri quipped. When director of scouting Dan Tolzman was not where he was supposed to be for his introduction, Ujiri blurted, “That’s a scout for you.”

Predictably, the session was light on news. He acknowledged that coach Dwane Casey is in the final year of his contract, and urged the fans to support him. One fan asked about the possibility of tanking — trying to lose in order to get a high draft pick — and Ujiri declined to get into specifics.

“We’ve looked at every single possibility,” he said. “But we have to respect, also, the players we have on our basketball team and the opportunity they have.”

The closest he got to declaring one way or the other about his chosen direction: “I’m a karma person.”

Anybody who was looking for some statement of intent went home disappointed, no doubt. That was far from Ujiri’s concern, though, as he played the part of a politician at a campaign rally.

“You know what we’re going to do here,” Ujiri said. “We’re going to make everybody watch us.”

It is a promise Raptors fans have heard before, if never this enthusiastically.
LX is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 10:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by moremilk View Post
I bet he says that to all the girls ...

He does seem more like a basketball fan, but yeah he's saying it at raptor fan meet and greet so.......
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 11:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Default



jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 11:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
LX
present minded

In the Paint


 
LX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 27,930
Representing:
Default

I love ujiri wanting fans to be so supportive that they effect the outcomes of games, and then immediately having fans asking him to lose every game.
LX is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 11:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
"Fake All-Star"

Senior Member
 
TORaptor4Ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 16,377
Representing:
Default

I'd like to see the brass make a switch and have Pizza handed out whenever we hold teams UNDER 100 pts.

That'd be a nice change. Couldn't stand all of those games where people were cheering even when we were getting our tails kicked.
TORaptor4Ever is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2013, 11:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever View Post
I'd like to see the brass make a switch and have Pizza handed out whenever we hold teams UNDER 100 pts.

That'd be a nice change. Couldn't stand all of those games where people were cheering even when we were getting our tails kicked.

I doubt they change that this season, but i'd welcome that change. It's embarrassing when we're up or down big and they cheer for a free slice of pizza.

Raptors fans for free..." target="_blank">Stan Van Gundy clowns on Raptors fans for free...
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2013, 12:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
stripes

Senior Member
 
just4_raps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,779
Representing:
Default

HUGE THANKS to raptorsman for the tickets! The event was a loooot better than I expected. Unlimited free food (kinda bland, but whatever) and free beer.

Highlight of the night:

Tim Leiweke spots a douchebag wearing a Celtics jersey and calls him out. "So how's that pre-season going for you guys?" "We played you how many times and you've won how many of those games?"

LOL. Amazing.

Tim then asked the guy to remove the jersey and replace it with a Raptors jersey (completely undeserving of a free jersey btw). The DUDE seriously refused Tim's request for a while like a stubborn little brat. TL right in front of him holding the Raptors jersey, the man pretended to take off the Celtics jersey, shook his head "no" and sat back down. What an ***hat.

Wtf was he doing at a Raptors specific season ticket holder event if you're not even a fan? What a f****** moron. The crowd started booing the guy HARD. He finally took off the Celtics jersey, but did not replace it with the Raptors one. Just sat there like a proud idiot with his plain black t-shirt on.
just4_raps is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
stripes

Senior Member
 
just4_raps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,779
Representing:
Default

Just think about if he did that at a NY Knicks fan event night at MSG. The guy would have been harassed/mangled. Not to say that's a good thing at all. Just pointing out that our sports fans are so soft. They think they can get away with s*** like that.

He was probably invited by a friend. What a soft effing friend.
just4_raps is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2013, 12:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
LX
present minded

In the Paint


 
LX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 27,930
Representing:
Default

I'm a little skeptical of that Celtic fan. He looked like a plant. Pretty effective though I suppose, and maybe it was real. Ultimately Lieweke is so different from Richard Petty it's not funny. That's where my optimism stems from. These guys are not about selling shit, but rather getting the results that can sell themselves.

BTW - I'm watching on NBAtv right now. The whole thing airs again at 1:30, and throughout the day.
LX is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2013, 01:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
stripes

Senior Member
 
just4_raps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,779
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LX View Post
I'm a little skeptical of that Celtic fan. He looked like a plant. Pretty effective though I suppose, and maybe it was real. Ultimately Lieweke is so different from Richard Petty it's not funny. That's where my optimism stems from. These guys are not about selling shit, but rather getting the results that can sell themselves.

BTW - I'm watching on NBAtv right now. The whole thing airs again at 1:30, and throughout the day.
I doubt it was a plant. I was booing the guy while we were both in the same line for food. He turned around and said "hey sorry man. but i'm a huge Ray Allen fan." I then replied "who cares? your wearing a celtics jersey to a Raptors event. BOOOOOOOOooo"

LOL. some other people in the line started booing. it was comical.
just4_raps is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #15 (permalink)
contemplating

The Killing Joke

 
Claudius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Burkina Faso, Disputed Zone
Posts: 10,029
Representing:
Send a message via MSN to Claudius
Default

I watched this, and it looked lame and contrived and, to me at least, something the previous regime did in terms of a sale job. A lot of double speak and just bells and whistles.

And if a guy was wearing a Celtics jersey, good. Pointing him out is lame. I'm a Jazz fan and my wife is a huge Celtics fan. We both cheer for Toronto, but we'll happily wear the colours of all he teams. If that was me, in that dude's situation, I'd happily never cheer for this team or spend any of money. It's reminiscent of something a 13 year old would do.
Claudius is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 12:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
stripes

Senior Member
 
just4_raps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,779
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Claudius View Post
I watched this, and it looked lame and contrived and, to me at least, something the previous regime did in terms of a sale job. A lot of double speak and just bells and whistles.

And if a guy was wearing a Celtics jersey, good. Pointing him out is lame. I'm a Jazz fan and my wife is a huge Celtics fan. We both cheer for Toronto, but we'll happily wear the colours of all he teams. If that was me, in that dude's situation, I'd happily never cheer for this team or spend any of money. It's reminiscent of something a 13 year old would do.
By all means don't support the Raptors (nobody is forcing you). But don't show up to a Raptors' fan event with another jersey on. That's lame and actually a lot more reminiscent of an attention seeking 13 year old troll.

This was not a game. It was an appreciation night SPECIFICALLY for Raptors season ticket holders. So why show up with a celtics jersey? If you don't care/support the Raptors, don't you have something better to do with your time?

Nothing better to do, but troll in real life for 2+ hours on a Friday night?

Last edited by just4_raps; 10-20-2013 at 12:19 PM.
just4_raps is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 12:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Claudius View Post
I watched this, and it looked lame and contrived and, to me at least, something the previous regime did in terms of a sale job. A lot of double speak and just bells and whistles.

And if a guy was wearing a Celtics jersey, good. Pointing him out is lame. I'm a Jazz fan and my wife is a huge Celtics fan. We both cheer for Toronto, but we'll happily wear the colours of all he teams. If that was me, in that dude's situation, I'd happily never cheer for this team or spend any of money. It's reminiscent of something a 13 year old would do.
Pfffft. The only reason that tool wore that jersey to a raptor rally was to get attention. Well he got it. Both are like 13yr olds.
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
contemplating

The Killing Joke

 
Claudius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Burkina Faso, Disputed Zone
Posts: 10,029
Representing:
Send a message via MSN to Claudius
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by just4_raps View Post
By all means don't support the Raptors (nobody is forcing you). But don't show up to a Raptors' fan event with another jersey on. That's lame and actually a lot more reminiscent of an attention seeking 13 year old troll.

This was not a game. It was an appreciation night SPECIFICALLY for Raptors season ticket holders. So why show up with a celtics jersey? If you don't care/support the Raptors, don't you have something better to do with your time?

Nothing better to do, but troll in real life for 2+ hours on a Friday night?
How about just being a basketball fan? Is that not a thing?
Claudius is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 12:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
contemplating

The Killing Joke

 
Claudius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Burkina Faso, Disputed Zone
Posts: 10,029
Representing:
Send a message via MSN to Claudius
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffb View Post
Pfffft. The only reason that tool wore that jersey to a raptor rally was to get attention. Well he got it. Both are like 13yr olds.
Why is the person a tool? See my question....
Claudius is offline   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 12:24 PM   #20 (permalink)
is praying Ross makes us forget Drummomd so people stop whining

Senior Member
 
jeffb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: YO MAMMA
Posts: 73,933
Representing:
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Claudius View Post
Why is the person a tool? See my question....
Because I think a guy that goes to a Raptors team event wearing a Celtics jersey looking for attention is a tool.
jeffb is online now   Boss Key Wife Key Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright RaptorsForum.com 2005-2011

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24