TORONTO (AP) — Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.
Several hundred fans gathered outside the downtown arena for a party and to watch the game on a huge screen above the west entrance.
Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief press conference at halftime, saying he was "just trying to get our fans going."
Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who've been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."