Masai Ujiri: Next step in developing African basketball is a pro league | Sports


TORONTO — Masai Ujiri believes there are potential NBA stars living in Africa who might never pick up a basketball.

The Toronto Raptors president and his Giants of Africa organization is hosting “Mandela 100,” a two-day celebration honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It culminates with the Raptors’ game Wednesday against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers that will feature three African players in Toronto’s Serge Ibaka (Republic of Congo) and Pascal Siakam (Cameroon), and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (Cameroon). 

Ujiri said there’ve been talks involving both the NBA and FIBA about the possibility of an African league. The problem is Africa’s infrastructure.

“For me, the challenge for the continent is people see Africa as one continent, one country, and…

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