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How Africa played a starring role in Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win

Yomi Kazeem
How Africa played a starring role in Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win

As Canada and Toronto Raptors celebrate a first ever NBA championship, they have a Nigerian-Kenyan basketball executive to thank. At the very top, Masai Ujiri has gone from being an unpaid NBA scout with Orlando Magic to leading the Raptors franchise to a historic NBA championship in 17 years. As Toronto Raptors’ president of basketball operations, Ujiri’s sharp deal-making helped the Raptors assemble a roster of players capable of making history—playing in a first ever NBA Finals and winning the championship.