Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has revealed that he hopes the team face the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs again this season.
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Ujiri made the headlines last season after shouting “F*** Brooklyn!” at a fan rally outside the Air Canada Centre ahead of Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Nets.
While Brooklyn eliminated the Raptors in seven games in 2014, they haven’t been able to enjoy the same success this year and are in danger of missing out on the post-season altogether.
The Nets are currently 25-36 for the season which leaves them two-and-a-half games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors are in third spot with a 38-25 record although they will be concerned by the fact that they have now lost eight of their last nine games.
While Ujiri apologised for his choice of language at half-time of that game back in April, he did insist that he just didn’t like the Nets.
As a result, he is more than prepared to repeat his words if the two franchises cross paths again this year.
“Trust me, I ain’t taking that back,” Ujiri said Monday night at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Canadian Basketball Speakers forum. “I hope we play them again. I’ll say it again.”
Ujiri’s comment prompted laughter from the audience, according to the Toronto Sun. He chuckled, too, the newspaper reported.
It remains to be seen if Ujiri gets his chance to drop another f-bomb on Brooklyn, but at this stage, it looks highly unlikely.