Ma­sai Ujiri

Pres­i­dent, toronto rap­tors

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head­ing into the sum­mer, the Raps were in cri­sis. Ab­sent ma­jor changes, the team was headed for an­other great sea­son fol­lowed by an early play­off exit. Ujiri took ac­tion, swap­ping home­town star DeMar DeRozan to San An­to­nio for the mer­cu­rial, uber-tal­ented Kawhi Leonard and the un­der­rated guard Danny Green. Many fans were out­raged. Drake wrote a lament for his de­parted Rap; Kyle Lowry avoided the press. But noth­ing heals wounds like win­ning, and the team, newly con­structed, is bet­ter than ever. If the de­ci­sion pans out, he de­serves to be knighted.

friends in high places: Barack Obama vis­ited his bas­ket­ball camp in Kenya this past sum­mer.

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