Carlos Morais
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Carlos Morais

He's not going to be sticking around by the looks of it, but here's a little read on him.....

He had to be a man when he was a boy. Now, at 27, Raptors hopeful Carlos Morais likens himself to a kid in grade school.

Morais, a six-four-shooting guard was credited with being the first Angolan to appear in an NBA game when he played the final three minutes of the Raptors preseason loss to Minnesota, Wednesday.

Basketball is a major sport in Angola, one of the few African nations to support a professional league and Morais has long been on the Raptors’ radar. He was MVP of this summer’s AfroBasket championship and represented his country at the 2008 Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Carlos Morais is one of three players competing for a final roster spot with the Raptors (Ron Turenne/NBAE).

His debut should have come years earlier. As an 18-year-old, Morais spent eight months at a prepatory school near Atlanta.

“My dad played basketball. So did everyone I knew when I was young. It was my dream to play in the NBA,” he said.

“I was committed to sign with Kansas State but I had to go high school to learn English and do all the SATs and stuff,” he said.

But his duties as the oldest of seven children scuttled his NBA aspirations.

“I had to go back to my country because my Mom got sick. I had to support the family.”

Morais burned his eligibility when he went back home and signed a contract to play in Angola. He knew that by doing so he was also giving up a long-held dream of playing in the NBA.

Angola is nobody’s NBA but it was a steady paycheque. Morais made enough money for his mom to eventually recover and even retire from her job as a schoolteacher. His paycheque eased the family’s money situation but Morais struggled to find peace with his decision.
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