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The Raptors’ future is bright, but Masai Ujiri is relentlessly raising the bar for improvement

As Masai Ujiri spoke, you could see why his teams are the way they are. One thing the president of the Toronto Raptors does, between building basketball courts in Africa and ridiculing the idea that his head coach could go to the Lakers, is set expectations. The Raptors won 48 games in a semi-rebuilding year with a relatively novel style of basketball; the six-game loss to Philadelphia in the first round was at least partly injury-related, though it highlighted some flaws. It was a good year. The future is bright.

And the president of the organization spent his season-ending media availability acknowledging that, and relentlessly raising the bar.