Ujiri Goes From Nigerian Boyhood to Become NBA Raptors Boss

By Daily Sports on June 1, 2019

Views: 259

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 him.

“Caught a lot of us off guard,” said Raptors’ Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam. “It was definitely something that was a tough pill to swallow.

“He’s willing to do anything he thinks is the best thing to put us in position to win. He’s going to do everything in his power to make us win.”

So far, Ujiri looks like a genius as the Raptors are facing defending champion Golden State in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, which open Thursday in Toronto.

“It’s surreal but when you put the team together, we all dream of a championship,” Ujiri said. “The change was hard at the time but we knew the kind of player we were getting and if we overcame and we dealt with all the issues that we felt that could come together.

“We were all positive about this kind of moment and all dreamed about it. Our job is to try and create that team, the atmosphere for them, the workplace for them to prepare and they have done an incredible job.”

Leonard has 31.2 points a game in the playoffs and has sparked the Raptors, his four-bounce buzzer beater in game seven to oust Philadelphia a clutch hoop like no other in NBA history. (The Guardian)

•Photo shows Masai Ujiri 

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 1, 2019


 

You may also like...
Fifa Open Disciplinary Action Against Cameroon

Cotto eyes Canelo-GGG winner after Kamegai win

‘Heartland are better v Osun Utd’

Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai

Nigeria beat Honduras to win bronze

Bayern’s unbeaten run ends with shock defeat by...

 

Latest News CAF Orders Enyimba To Play Behind Closed Doors Nigeria Coach Backs Alex Iwobi To Succeed at Everton Chelsea Playing Basketball Tactics Under Lampard — Carragher Oshoala Injury Scare for Nigeria Ahead of Algeria Clash AbdulRazaq Okays New Board for Kwara United Ukraine Friendly: Injury Knocks Out Tyrone Ebuehi FIFA Appoints Emergency Committee To Run Egyptian Football Bayern Munich Offer Coutinho Fresh Start Messi Back In Training, Set To Face Real Betis Manchester United ‘Disgusted’ By Racist Abuse of Pogba Sturridge Set For Big-Money Turkey Move The VAR Controversy That Made Jesus Weep

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (45,779 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (37,792 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (36,404 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (36,033 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (34,991 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (34,911 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (34,379 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (34,017 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (33,634 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (32,993 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (30,800 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (30,767 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (293) Basketball (178) Boxing (562) Columnists (473) Euro Soccer Update (5325) Fans Assembly (4) From the Grassroots (48) Golf (75) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (4) News (5422) NPL Glo Premier League (1046) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (6) Tennis (582)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media