Back at BSC | VideoLee Timmerman | 1/25/2013
Ujiri is a native of Nigeria and his love of basketball eventually landed him a spot at Bismarck State. He says playing for Buster Gilliss helped open a lifetime of opportunities.
"It`s such a great thing in America. People don`t realize it sometimes because you guys have it here. We grew up watching it and even thought this is a small school I think competing and interacting with people and just seeing how people love the game gives you so much respect for the sport."
It`s a sport Ujiri played at BSC in 1993 and 1994. They were good, winning 47 games in two years. Many of those friendships have remained, especially with Godwin Owinji, who played at Georgetown after leaving the Mystics.
"Godwin is one of my best friends in the world so I see Godwin very, very, very often. We do camps in Africa together. He was at my wedding so it`s great," Ujiri said.
In 2010, Masai was hired by the Nuggets to be their G.M. and he`s been in the business of making multi-million dollar deals ever since.
What does he say is the most difficult part of the job?
"Being patient, I think, is the hardest part sometimes you have to see things maybe see things that are down the road and not everybody is going to see it that way. Every day is a bright day for me and to be in this position, there`s only 30 of them so I have absolutely nothing to complain about."
Ujiri says despite the fact there`s a major business aspect to the NBA, in the end it`s always a sport and everyone is trying to win a championship.