Former Point Guard and English born Nigerian professional basketball executive Masai Ujiri, told reporters on August 10 that Africa still lacks behind when it comes to coaching and infrastructure. He made these proclamations sitting alongside Siakam Pascal.
The man voted NBA executive of the year 2016 while at Denver Nuggets gave umpteenth reasons why the camp needed to be opened “ it is important to have such a camp because in Africa we lack some of these facilities, we are lacking the coaching and so many things”. Africa lays claim to some all time greats in the NBA like Hakeem Olajuwon (the Dream), but in terms of building the game, it really needs to be done from scratch.
The man who had a 6-year career in playing basketball in Euroupe continued; “we have to make it better, the guys here have to strive to be better”.
“We need more of this facilities, we need more of this basketball courts for these kids. It might not be us to do it but may be some of these youths that grow and get inspired would do even more. It is very important that we have a voice on the continent here. They are so manay people that look up to us and what we do so it is very important that Pascal, Embiid, Luc Mbah, myself, Patrick Mutombo, all are from the continent, these kids can see us, see what we do, and continue to live. That’s why it is important we continue to do that”.
Ujiri has an enviable track record as a scout and he is one of the main reasons why the Toronto Raptors were able to stop the GSW in 6 games to claim the rim.