ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Believes Ujiri Made the Wrong Decision to Stay
Of all the blasphemy that ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith continuously spews on a weekly basis, on Wednesday, he seemed to have outdone himself.
Appearing on Bill Simmons’ podcast, the duo discussed Masai Ujiri’s decision to remain in Toronto following the Raptors championship victory. With rumours of the Washington Wizards hoping to lure the Raptors’ president of basketball operations down to the nation’s capital earlier in the offseason, Smith believes that Ujiri made the wrong decision in opting to stay in Canada.
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“I think Masai made a mistake,” Smith said. “I believe he should have taken a shot and gone to the nation’s capital to take over the Washington Wizards. I truly believe that… You have nowhere to go but down in Toronto. Now, you will [have] security for years to come, no question. You will be somebody who will be deified in that area for a long time to come.”
“You got rid of Dwane Casey,” he continued, “who was the coach of the year and guided you to 59 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before they got swept in the second round by LeBron’s Cavaliers. You got rid of him, you brought in Nick Nurse there, who did a tremendous job. And obviously you traded an all-star in DeMar DeRozan and you got Kawhi Leonard. It was a one-year wonder, but they delivered the goods: You got a championship.”
The Raptors are hopeful of defending their championship crown, but past this year, the team is expecting to generate plenty of cap flexibility with aging veterans coming off the books. Meanwhile, the Wizards appear to be hamstrung with one of the worst contracts in the NBA in John Wall who is expected to miss the entirety of the upcoming season.
“To me, once you do all of that, you throw all your chips on the table and you cash in with a championship, you move on,” explained Smith.
Something tells me, Stephen A. Smith isn’t the biggest fan of the Toronto Raptors.