But it wasn't until Ujiri took to the podium after his coach that it became clear that the Raptors are not pleased to have become a punch line in recent days.
Rumors have indicated Toronto may part ways with Casey, who has had tremendous regular-season success but hasn't been able to lead his squad past the Cavs. "I'm also grateful to the talented and dedicated coaching staff I work with every day in Toronto", said Casey.
So as the rumour mill spins out of control over the fate of Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey following the team's second-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it's time to talk business. I always believe in him ... The Raptors were just swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
You can't blame people for thinking that Casey's time with the team might be over. "We will get better here". The Raps president said his evaluation of the year is continuing.
During his tenure in Toronto, Casey has guided the Raptors to five straight playoff appearances and three consecutive 50-win seasons. The team will get an up-close look at a pair of guards - Giddy Potts and Joe Chealey - and two forwards - Alan Herndon and Kostas Antetokounmpo.
"We're not going to handcuff ourselves in any way, but the one thing I know is we're a strong team now, we're together now and now it's my job".
It feels like so long ago now, but less than a month ago Toronto concluded the best regular season in franchise history with a win total and point differential only surpassed by the Rockets.
Ujiri said he plans to look at the roster and team as a whole and make assessments as to the future of it.