Ujiri goes from Nigerian boyhood to become NBA Raptors boss | The Guardian Nigeria News

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TORONTO, ON – MAY 29: President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors speaks to the media during practice and media availability as part of the 2019 NBA Finals on May 29, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Masai Ujiri, who only discovered basketball as a teen growing up in Nigeria, made the crucial decisions that lifted the Toronto Raptors from NBA disappointment to title contender.

The 48-year-old Raptors president made a deal last July for San Antonio star forward Kawhi Leonard, sending away long-time Toronto standout DeMar DeRozan, and fired NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey after a second consecutive playoff ouster by Cleveland, hiring Nick Nurse to replace…



Source: Guardian Newspaper