Angola has long been the dominant basketball nation in Africa — 11 times in the last 13 years the country has won the continental championship. There have been appearances at world championships and Olympics the small nation has distinguished itself compared to larger more famous nations.
So it would seem a bit incongruous that Carlos Morais a gifted international scorer the most valuable player at this summer’s Afrobasket tournament a 27-year-old who has been with his national team program in some way for almost half his life is just now trying to become the first Angolan to play in the NBA.
Obviously the country has exceptional players but it could very well be a case that its success and the popularity of the game is something of a hindrance to global success.
“He’s paid well over there which means the league is good so the kids aspire to play in their leagues” said Raptors general manager and Nigerian basketball icon Masai Ujiri.
“It’s like rather than come to play in high s...