From Brazil to Philadelphia, 76ers’ Raul Neto’s Passion for Basketball Over Soccer is Paying Off

LOS ANGELES — Raul Neto is entering his fifth NBA season—and his first not with the Utah Jazz—but he’s been playing professional basketball for much longer than that. The 27-year-old started getting paid to compete when he was 15, signed his first major professional contract at 17 and left his native Brazil to further his hoops career in Spain when he was 19. In a soccer-crazed country like Brazil, Raul found basketball thanks to his father, former Brazilian basketball player Raul Togni Filho. Through his seven years hooping through Brazil and Spain, the younger Raul developed the independence and skill that propelled him into the NBA as the No. 47… Read More