Tortiglioni wrote:Preliudas wrote:Tortiglioni wrote:How can someone watch this and not realize that he's gone?
Possibly, but why don't you bring up some points from that press-conference which indicate that Masai is leaving ?
It really has to do with body language, emotional tells, and the nature of some of his repeated comments regarding family and exploring options (incl. beyond basketball), along with his deliberate deferral of extension discussions. Masai is an incredibly honest and passionate person, and I felt it was pretty clear watching this which direction he is leaning (hard). The biggest giveaway was his inability to hold back tears when asked about comments made by players/coaches in regard to him (as a leader, etc.). Masai loves the team, the city, etc., and poured everything he had into the franchise, but he's moving on to bigger things (in the U.S.), and this isn't easy for him. The talk about asks from ownership seems to me to really be about doing as much as he can before leaving, to advocate for Bobby, etc., and to ensure the franchise is able to continue building on what he's done here. Masai realizes (and basically states) that ownership would be give him any reasonable ask, so it's really about bigger issues (re his ambitions, larger goals beyond basketball, etc.).
Is he 100% decided? Probably not. But after watching the presser, I would be very surprised if he stays.
(Yes, I realize many will consider my post speculative nonsense, but I'm just stating what is clear from watching the video.)
Tomorrow's headline; Masai Ujiri signs 10yr/150M deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Tortellini: "I told you so!"