Basketball: Masai Ujiri pushes for more infrastructure in Africa
The NBA will now relocate certain matches to Paris every season. This was true for January, as shown on the Chicago-Detroit poster. Now, how do you imagine a match of North American league in Africa? Masai Ujiri doesn’t think so. The president of Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, spoke out about the lack of infrastructure for basketball on Africa. This is what he said was a stumbling block to the growth of African basketball.
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” Africa faces a major challenge: many African countries don’t have theatres. This is what President Kagame did: he built an arena for Rwanda in 2019, and President Macky Sall built a Senegal arena in 2018. These are the places that host the matchesMasai Uri first spoke to BBC Sport Africa.
Participation of NBA stars
Africa is keen to be a major player in the global basketball scene. Amadou Gallo Fall (president of the Basketball African League) recently stated that talks were ongoing to organize a pre-season NBA match in Africa. This would be a historic first. The collaboration between the NBA, FIBA and the International Basketball Federation (NBF) is also responsible for the BAL. Masai Ujiri hopes to stimulate new achievements and involve Africans who participate in the NBA.
“There are many African basketball players. We need to develop the continent. “, he proclaims. Masai Ujiri doesn’t want to stop the lines. Recent news has shown that other players are also keen to contribute to the development of African basketball. Hamidou Diallo from Guinea, who plays for Detroit Pistons is an example of this. It remains to be seen if these projects will become reality.
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