Raptors brass believes championship coming

Raptors boss Tim Leiweke (left) and coach Masai Ujiri declared on Friday that the Raptors are going...

Raptors boss Tim Leiweke (left) and coach Masai Ujiri declared on Friday that the Raptors are going to win championships, but it's just going to take some time. (Reuters file)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

The pronouncements were bold and they were brash.

Tim Leiweke and Masai Ujiri are thinking big as they usher in a new era for the Raptors.

Though they both preached patience, the high-powered executives made the end goal clear:

The Raptors finally will become a serious, relevant franchise under their watch.

“We’ve made it clear to all of our players, we’re going to win championships here,” Leiweke said to the season ticket holders on hand for an ACC schmooze-fest Friday.

“I believe in Masai. My trust, my faith is in this man. He’s going to lead us to the next level, and he will lead us to a championship here in Toronto.”

Just not overnight.

“This year is not based on wins and losses, it’s about how we grow,” said an amped-up Ujiri, clearly moved by the size of the crowd and by its support.

The new Raptors boss returned the favour, passionately laying out again how happy he is to be here and what he intends to build – with


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