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Teams coveting Raptors head coach Nurse can keep dreaming, Masai Ujiri saysIn his traditional post-season availability with media, Raptors president Masai Ujiri laughingly said other teams who'd like to hire head coach Nick Nurse can keep dreaming. Nurse had said a day earlier his focus was on coaching Toronto.

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If other NBA teams are coveting Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, his boss Masai Ujiri says they can keep on dreaming.

Ujiri held his traditional season-ending media availability on Tuesday, and the Raptors president laughed when asked if he'd been contacted by any teams about potentially hiring Nurse, who reportedly was a top target for the Los Angeles Lakers job after the team fired Frank Vogel.

"No team has contacted me, and I see all the [rumours] you see. I dream like they dream. I want Messi. I want Ronaldo. I want [the late] Kobe Bryant. So they can keep dreaming. I dream too," Ujiri scoffed.

Nurse had said Monday that his focus was on coaching Toronto, and a few days after the Raptors' season ended in a Game 6 loss to Philadelphia in the opening round of the playoffs, he and Ujiri were already back to work on next season.

After last season's "Tampa Tank," and this year's building season that exceeded the expectations of many, the focus is clear: winning.

Ujiri was asked how they assimilate the different characters, from the serious Fred VanVleet to the affable Scottie Barnes who famously loves to hug, it always boils down to that one thing.

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"There's nothing else, there's only winning," Ujiri said. "We can come hold hands, hug, wear masks, do anything we want, OK, winning. Empty stadium, full stadium, winning. That's the kind of players we want to bring.

"Yeah, playoffs is good but win big, win a championship, that's what we want. When we interviewed Scottie he mentioned winning 100 times. I just met with Freddy a couple days ago, and it's winning. Win, win, win, it comes out of their mouths all the time."

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