Ujiri: Groups have to revisit tradition amid tumult | Globalnews.ca


2022-09-27 15:30:47

TORONTO – The previous few explosive weeks within the NBA have seen Phoenix proprietor Robert Sarver and Boston coach Ime Udoka suspended. Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards was reprimanded for homophobic feedback. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have been on the centre of a chaotic Brooklyn low season.

NBA coaching camps tipped off Tuesday after a few of the most turbulent instances the league has seen in a while.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri was requested if a league that prides itself on social consciousness is slipping.

“I believe all of us must revisit our cultures and the way in which our organizations are run and the way we work,” Ujiri stated on the group’s annual media day. “Respecting the office may be very, essential. It’s the No. 1 key and core to what we do in our group and what (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver preaches on this league.

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“The issues that begin to deviate from that … persons are going to make errors. They’re people, they usually make errors. Now we have to be held accountable, too.

“I do know in our group, our tradition, we deal with individuals effectively, now we have respect for no matter positions now we have. These circumstances are studying examples for us. It tells us now we have to tighten up in every little thing we do.”

The embattled Sarver was suspended one 12 months and fined US$10 million by the NBA over office misconduct that included racist speech and hostile behaviour towards staff. He stated final week he intends to promote the group.

“There isn’t a place for that sort of behaviour in our league,” Ujiri stated. “Individuals are going to make errors and generally there are penalties for theses errors. Fortunately it has ended up in the proper place.”

There had been loads of optimism across the Celtics after their shock run to the NBA Finals, however then Udoka was suspended for the season after a months-long investigation that discovered a number of violations of group insurance policies reportedly involving an inappropriate relationship with a girl within the group.

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The Toronto Raptors are carrying a black No. 6 patch on their jerseys this season — nevertheless it’s in reminiscence of NBA legend Invoice Russell, not a nod to Toronto’s nickname.

“Oh, man, it’s unbelievable,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet stated. “It is smart for us, proper? Being within the 6ix (the town’s nickname coined by Drake, a reference to its 416 space code). However only for what he meant to the world, it’s exhausting to discover a higher icon and a greater ambassador for the sport and for humanity and the obstacles that he broke and the issues that he needed to endure in order that guys like myself may even be sitting right here in entrance of you at present.”

Russell was the centrepiece of the Celtics dynasty that received 11 championships in 13 years. He’s being honoured not only for his unbelievable success on the court docket, however for his dedication to civil rights off it.

The NBA introduced that his No. 6 can be retired leaguewide, and each participant will put on the patch this season.

Russell died July 31 at age 88.

“It’s exhausting to place into phrases what precisely he meant, however he’s an unbelievable human being and a man that positively must be held up within the highest respect to the top of time … an unbelievable journey and unbelievable life and meant a lot to so many individuals,” VanVleet stated.

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The informal sports activities fan or film buff may be extra conversant in Bo Cruz than Juancho Hernangomez.

The brand new Raptor performed the lead position of Cruz, a fictional character, alongside Adam Sandler on this 12 months’s Netflix hit film “Hustle.”

Hernangomez, signed by the Raptors in July, stated his appearing debut started out of boredom through the COVID-19 pandemic. He was dwelling with brother Willy in Charlotte after the NBA shut down within the early days of the pandemic, and determined to audition for the film.

“I bought an interview with the director, with an appearing instructor, after which an interview with Adam,” he stated.

The film was produced by Sandler and LeBron James, took two years to make, and featured quite a few cameos by NBA gamers, together with former Raptors Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon and former assistant coach Sergio Scariolo.

“It was enjoyable. It was tiring,” Hernangomez stated. “We have been taking pictures for 2 years, two summers, generally like 12 to 14 hour days taking pictures. However I met plenty of nice individuals, it was an awesome expertise that’s going to final endlessly.”

One other nice expertise was serving to Spain seize the EuroBasket title barely per week in the past. Hernangomez scored a team-high 27 factors within the gold-medal recreation, whereas brother Willy was named match MVP.

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Hernangomez stated he heard good issues concerning the Raptors franchise from Marc Gasol, Calderon and Scariolo.

The 26-year-old landed in Toronto on Sunday night time and flew to Victoria for camp on Monday, so he had no time to discover his new house.

“Once I performed on different groups, I cherished to return to Toronto,” he stated. “Nice metropolis, and many issues to do.”

The six-foot-nine, 214-pound Madrid native averaged 3.3 factors, 2.5 rebounds and 11.1 minutes in 40 appearances (9 begins) final season with Boston, San Antonio and Utah. He was picked fifteenth total by Denver within the 2016 NBA draft.


Nick Nurse has been impressed with Canada’s girls’s group on the FIBA World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

Nurse, head coach of the Raptors and Canada’s males’s group, was up early sufficient Monday morning to catch the ladies’s recreation in opposition to No. 3 Australia earlier than heading to the group’s media day obligations.

And whereas the fourth-ranked Canadians misplaced by three factors to the Aussies — their first lack of the match — Nurse stated “they’ve performed nice.”

“They might have received that recreation in opposition to a tricky Australia group in Australia however, man, they appeared good,” he stated. “I believe (the loss to Australia) can be a superb progress recreation for them for when it issues within the knockout spherical.

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“I’d encourage all people, when you’re up, flip in your TV or rise up 20 minutes sooner than you usually do and watch them and assist them as a result of they’re actually enjoyable to look at.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 27, 2022.

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