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Thread: Masai Ujiri said "We need a culture reset"

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    Default Masai Ujiri said "We need a culture reset"

    What did he really mean with this statement...

    ...the team went away from the original stated (by him) intent that "we wanted teams playing the Raptors to not like it" (paraphrase)

    ...the team needs another culture

    ...is he referring to an on-court culture or an off-court one

    ...is it the style of play

    ...are there players not conforming to the existing culture and hence must change/go

    There are probably other possibilities.

    What is your take on what he is most perturbed about? One sure one is #poundtherock is no more Hallelujah!

    What would you like the culture of the team to be on the court?
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    I would guess he's referring to both playbook and mental toughness.

    Those 6 minute scoreless droughts happen far too often with this team because our offense is extremely prone to stagnation. And our players aren't seasoned enough to fight through it with high percentage looks, or dedication on the defensive end.

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    He meant....


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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    I would guess he's referring to both playbook and mental toughness.

    Those 6 minute scoreless droughts happen far too often with this team because our offense is extremely prone to stagnation. And our players aren't seasoned enough to fight through it with high percentage looks, or dedication on the defensive end.
    Quite plausible but begs the question that your observation has been revealed on these boards with regularity in the last 2 seasons at least. Shouldn't MU have cued in on the issue ...if he was in fact referring to this...and intervened somehow.
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    Quote rocwell wrote: View Post
    He meant....

    That's what I feel but I am hoping it means Casey is done.

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    He meant absolutely nothing. Masai put on his politician hat and told the fans what they wanted to hear. Masai won that press conference. He said a lot but, said nothing at the same time. Even after that press conference no one has any better idea on what he will do.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    That's what I feel but I am hoping it means Casey is done.
    Is that guy from your avatar coming to save us?

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    Yeah culture reset is a great buzzword that covers everything and nothing at the same time.

    2 things I'm damn sure of

    -there will be fairly significant change
    -masai and ownership are not interested in a full blown try and lose every game type of tear down
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    Quote Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
    He meant absolutely nothing. Masai put on his politician hat and told the fans what they wanted to hear. Masai won that press conference. He said a lot but, said nothing at the same time. Even after that press conference no one has any better idea on what he will do.

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    To be fair I thought MU was as animated and revealing on many issues (eg new instructions to Casey) thathe has never broached before. As usual he is encumbered by the public forum he speaks from and more importantly the season just ended and players pr to be considered. I have previously had a similar take as you...he is a master of saying stuff without too much revelation. But the subject of this thread I thought was different.
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    -Get rid of/don't resign the softies on the team like Patterson and Carroll

    -Replace Dwane with a coach who understands this era of basketball

    -Add some more vets on the cheap if possible

    (Mini) culture reset. Boom.

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    Complete culture change starting with coach and ending with cheerleaders.

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    The biggest takeaway I took from this presser compared to years past, is he's not putting the keys to the on court product solely in caseys hands anymore. IF he stays, this is the first time ever I got a sense he's on the hot seat, and will have to deal with meddling from Mr Ujiri about what he wants to see out there on offense
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    He doesn't want teams playing the Raptors to like it, but if you lose players like Biz and replace with Poeltl then what can you expect? He definitely has to sign Ibaka and Tucker if he wants to play that beat 'em up style. We had to lean pretty heavily on our rookie and sophmore players this year and you aren't going to get toughness from them.

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    Quote KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Yeah culture reset is a great buzzword that covers everything and nothing at the same time.

    2 things I'm damn sure of

    -there will be fairly significant change
    -masai and ownership are not interested in a full blown try and lose every game type of tear down
    Agree with this, and couldn't be happier. Bring the important pieces of the band back together. And let's see what a season of the modern nba with this team can bring you.

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    Quote KeonClark wrote: View Post
    The biggest takeaway I took from this presser compared to years past, is he's not putting the keys to the on court product solely in caseys hands anymore. IF he stays, this is the first time ever I got a sense he's on the hot seat, and will have to deal with meddling from Mr Ujiri about what he wants to see out there on offense
    Gives me so much hope seeing this. In fact I'd say Casey is now coaching for his career. No one is hiring him as a head coach if he can't adapt to the new NBA.

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    I took Masai to say he was having Casey return...albeit with a new commitment on the offensive side ...at least more ball movement and away from the dreaded/dead end/playoffnogo style iso basketball.

    My own wish is to retain PJ & Ibaka as spearheading the defensive commitment. As mentioned above no softies on defense on the team including KL & DD. Defense first team and let the Offense flow from it. If Dwane is unable to manage the change after the first quarter he probably goes. Tweak the team with some 3 pt. talent/specialists.
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    I was going to start exactly the same thread. This was the first bomb from Masai today. Culture change was the main thing he talked about in his first ever press conference as GM. He succeeded completely, I think he means it when he says it. I just don't know what he means.

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    Quote Jclaw wrote: View Post
    I was going to start exactly the same thread. This was the first bomb from Masai today. Culture change was the main thing he talked about in his first ever press conference as GM. He succeeded completely, I think he means it when he says it. I just don't know what he means.
    - Well one thing we do know is that the whole 2 guard dominated system that bails the team out with their ISO throughout the season will change one way or another. Sharing the ball and becoming more creative on offence is the way to go.

    - I also think the whole half court system worked well during the season, but during the playoffs the offence was stalled since the other team defense adjusted quickly. Our playbook of set plays is predictable. When the Raptors started to run that's when things got interesting and exciting.

    - Defense will be once again be a key focus but the 3 ball will also now be up there. If you are a 3 pointer shooter and you miss on an open shot constantly, then you are not good enough to be a 3 pointer shooter specialist.

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    Thank you, Masai. Way too late.... but thank you....

    “Because we’ve done what we’ve done so many times and it hasn’t worked. That’s the simple answer. We can only try that so much, and it just hasn’t worked. It’s easy to defend in my opinion when you play 1-on-1, it’s predictable, we talked about it with coach, we feel we have to go in another direction, like I don’t know what it is…Is this going to work in the playoffs? We’ve always had that concern and we’ve always said it. There’s something there. Does it make it easier for teams to prepare against us, to prepare against 1-on-1 type basketball, dribbling a lot type basketball? We’re good at it, I think we’ve maximized in some kind of way, and we do appreciate that. We’ve seen this continuous, it’s not something all of a sudden we’re saying. I think in your minds, you’re hoping, you identify, you are hoping and hoping, but it hasn’t worked for us and we’ve run into the same issues. Again, I’m not making excuses here, and maybe it’s the kind of players we’re getting or something, but we want to try a different way maybe, and I’ve talked to Casey about that.”
    A ton of great and pretty direct quotes from Masai. Didn't seem like he's holding back too much, especially on his dislike of the style of play. That's some serious shade being thrown at Casey (and Jeff Weltman).

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    I took Masai to say he was having Casey return...albeit with a new commitment on the offensive side ...at least more ball movement and away from the dreaded/dead end/playoffnogo style iso basketball.

    Just empty promises if Casey is back. Just like training camp's "we're going to involve JV more".

    Casey, Kyle, and DeMar are who they are. They aren't going to magically turn into the Warriors East. If they were all young and moldable it kight be a possibility, but after this much time you always revert to what's comfortable.

    Remember when DeMar kept saying he was going to shoot more threes? It lasted a month or two and then faded away.

    The only way to reset the culture is to shake up the three-headed monster.

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