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The Masai Ujiri Concern-o-Meter V.3: Breathe easy, it’s over

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The insiders tell us the Knicks have officially moved on from Masai Ujiri, so we can officially move on from our state of panic.

Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri Concern-o-Meter V.3: Breathe easy, it’s over Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

It’s over! Our incredibly short national nightmare is over! The Knicks are hiring Leon Rose, and not Masai Ujiri, to head up their basketball operations.

Leon Rose! Our hero! Hang a banner in this man’s name.

A lot has happened since yesterday’s Concern-o-Meter, which we’ll get to. But first, let’s officially reset the dial!

How Concerned Should we be about Masai Ujiri Leaving?

Masai Ujiri is not going anywhere! At least, not right now, and not to the Knicks. Thus, the Concern-o-Meter stands at a 1 out of 10 (where 1 is the least concerned, and 10 is highly concerned). Folks, it just can’t go any lower.

Current Concern-o-Meter Rating: 1

Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri Concern-o-Meter V.3: Breathe easy, it’s over

We are not worried, at all.

Naturally, things can change. Other teams will come calling. Heck, the Knicks might fire Rose within a week! The Knicks stay the Knicks. But for now, all is good in the world.

Let’s quickly run back how we got here, shall we?

Yesterday afternoon, it got quiet. It seemed the entire NBA discourse had moved on, and then during their annual trade deadline show, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe had this to say:

And that was really all the news there was yesterday! At least until game time, as the Raptors hosted the Pacers, and Ujiri was on hand to witness yet another incredible Raptors performance.

Then this morning, New York’s own Ian Begley chimed in, echoing Woj and Lowe:

And then, moments after I (thought I) finished writing this thing, Woj bombed us yet again:

And shortly after that, Shams reported that it was close, then being finalized.

So there you have it. Hopefully Leon Rose will have a long and successful career as Knicks president and we never have to worry about James Dolan again. Meanwhile, we can close this little column off, at least until the summer. Thanks for reading!