Masai Ujiri


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Toronto President Masai Ujiri joins The Woj Pod to go inside the Kawhi Leonard trade, how the Raptors hope to resign the All-Star forward, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Nurse/Dwane Casey, his relationship with President Obama, his summer trip to Africa and much more.

0:53: The NBA’s passionate fan base around the globe and how the league is gaining ground on the NFL.

4:17: The difficulty of moving on from DeMar DeRozan and Dwane Casey, and the trade negotiations for Kawhi Leonard.

9:48: Measuring risk before trading for Leonard, including his pending free agency.

13:23: Completing the deal for Leonard while in Africa.

15:45: Asking RC Buford about what happened between the Spurs and Leonard during negotiations.

17:14: Ujiri’s conversation with DeRozan informing him of the trade.

19:38: Apologizing to DeRozan for the trade and the nuances of managing trade talks.

25:14: The Raptors having a year to show Leonard what their franchise is about, similar to how the Thunder had a year to show Paul George.

28:05: Is it a challenge to get to know the famously private Leonard?

29:52: Ujiri’s message to Leonard in their first meeting.

31:00: The status of Leonard’s health as training camp approaches.

33:40: Leonard elevating the Raptors on both sides of the ball.

34:54: Promoting Nick Nurse to head coach.

38:31: The challenge of a coaching search.

44:29: Being around President Barack Obama while completing the Leonard trade.

47:32: What has Ujiri learned from Obama about leadership?

49:52: Viewing Africa as home and spending time there each summer.

55:07: Basketball being a source of light and positivity around the world.

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