Hiring Masai Ujiri as Raptors' GM sign MLSE means business

Tim Leiweke (left) and Masai Ujiri at the news conference officially announcing Ujiri as the...

Tim Leiweke (left) and Masai Ujiri at the news conference officially announcing Ujiri as the Raptors' new GM on Tuesday. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

TORONTO - If he said it once, he said it a half-dozen times. Masai Ujiri is home.

For Ujiri, returning to Toronto as general manager where he got his first big management break is his nirvana, his version of the dream job.

No matter how many media tried to point out the pitfalls, Ujiri was having none of it.

Officially titled president and general manager, basketball operations, Ujiri didn’t try to mask his delight at taking this job.

“Wow, I’m overwhelmed,” Ujiri began. “I don’t even know where to start. I don’t have anything written, guys, I’m going to speak straight from the heart. I’m home. I came home. It was a tough decision to leave Denver. It was an easy decision to come here. I’m really, really honoured and humbled that his organization would give me this chance.”


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