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Kings
05-17-2008, 01:11 AM
http://www.fiba.com/images/web/News/players_head_shots/can/steve_nash/_original/CAN_steve_nash_s.jpg
Team Roster (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=104&id=1694)

Friendly Games
2008.6.30 Canada 89 - Lebanon 67 (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/download.php?id=95)
2008.7.01 Canada 90 - New Zealand 63 (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/download.php?id=96)
2008.7.04 Canada 69 - New Zealand 77 (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/download.php?id=99)
2008.7.05 Canada 100 - Lebanon 68 (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/download.php?id=100)
2008.7.09 Canada 91 - Germany 86 (http://www.basketball-bund.de/basketball-bund/de/news_und_aktuelles/resource.servlet?type=3&downloadResource=1&id=17204)
2008.7.11 Canada 74 - Germany 84 (http://www.basketball-bund.de/basketball-bund/de/news_und_aktuelles/resource.servlet?type=3&downloadResource=1&id=17216)
2008.7.25 Canada 65 - USA 120 (http://www.usabasketball.com/seniormen/2008/08_msnt_exh_01_box.pdf)

FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Preliminary Round
2008.7.15 Canada 70 - Slovenia 86 (http://www.athens2008.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/08/olymQual/men/scheResu/p/eventid/4508/gamename/2/groupname/C/langid/1/langlc/en/roundid/6250/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html)
2008.7.16 Canada 79 - South Korea 77 (http://www.athens2008.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/08/olymQual/men/scheResu/p/eventid/4508/gamename/3/groupname/C/langid/1/langlc/en/roundid/6250/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html)
Quarter-Finals
2008.7.18 Canada 62 - Croatia 83 (http://www.athens2008.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/08/olymQual/men/scheResu/p/eventid/4508/gamename/A/groupname/13/langid/1/langlc/en/roundid/6251/fe_scheStat_boxScor.html)

ajaxballer
05-17-2008, 05:28 AM
Canada's biggest weakness is at point guard. Our front line can compete with almost any team in the tournament. Carl English also can score from the shooting guard position, He'll need to have a big tournament for us to have a good showing.

ajaxballer
05-17-2008, 05:31 AM
By the way I'd like to hear some opinions on the Canadian players that play in Europe, I know English is doing good but what about, Famitimi, Denham Brown, Juan Mendez, Jesse Young and others?

Test
05-17-2008, 06:30 AM
Canada NT reminds me the end of Simpsons episode "Bart Wants What It Wants" LOL.
Without Steve Nash Canada looks like average NT who can maybe surprise couple times but nothing more. With Steve Nash I am sure they could go far. Canadian NT in some ways remind me of German NT. 1 big star and bunch of losers.

Canada now ranks 2nd in Fiba men rankings 2007! Of course those rankings are for North American Countries where only 2 countries exists :)

Chuck Diesel
05-17-2008, 06:58 AM
The Canadians really missed Andy Rautins when he went down at the Tournament of the Americas last summer, not sure what his recovery status is (didn't play all all this year for Syracuse). Dalembert is a force on the boards, blocking shots and getting dunks, but he's not a guy you can throw the ball to in the low post. Carl English can stroke the ball, and Denham Brown and FAMUTIMI are both athletic but not particularly skilled. I do like Juan Mendez, he has rage out to the three point line and isn't afraid to mix it up a little bit (he got into it with Nene last summer).

hotjam_2
05-17-2008, 02:54 PM
Canada NT reminds me the end of Simpsons episode "Bart Wants What It Wants" LOL.
Without Steve Nash Canada looks like average NT who can maybe surprise couple times but nothing more. With Steve Nash I am sure they could go far. Canadian NT in some ways remind me of German NT. 1 big star and bunch of losers.

Canada now ranks 2nd in Fiba men rankings 2007! Of course those rankings are for North American Countries where only 2 countries exists :)

Sam Dalembert starts at center of the NBA Phliiy 76's. Joel Anthony plays for the Miami Heat. I do remember one year that Juan Mendez lead the NCAA in scoring when he played for Niagra(allthough I would of thought he's Puerto Rican). Carl English was a conference all star when he played for the U of Hawaii.
Canada's rankings have diminshed in recent years, that's got to be attributed that everybody's else in the world is getting so much better.
Canada's best showing was in the 80's when they continued to make it in the top 4-8 in the Olympics & world championships. They did'nt really have any note worthy players(or at least superstars) back then. But that was before the Iron Curtain breakup and the explosion of the west euro & Middle east & African teams.

Trica.°
05-18-2008, 12:33 PM
Yeah, I also think that Canada without Nash is an ordinary NT, but yet, maybe they can still suprise in Athens. But I still don't know why Nash isn't playing for Canada? Is he hurt or he just doesn't wanna play?:confused:

damelo
05-18-2008, 01:33 PM
He didn't come since Sidney's OGs.

Trica.°
05-18-2008, 01:37 PM
Oh, that's right. LoL, I've totally forgot.:o

PRSURF
05-18-2008, 08:11 PM
Nash is a old guy people.

Juan Mendez is Dominican, but play for Canada.

damelo
05-18-2008, 08:38 PM
So old playing basketball at highest level is becoming impossible obviously... He's only be second in assist in the NBA last year... Retirement is close, nobody will want to sign such a looser.

Let's send Dirk to motivate him.

PRSURF
05-18-2008, 09:04 PM
So old playing basketball at highest level is becoming impossible obviously... He's only be second in assist in the NBA last year... Retirement is close, nobody will want to sign such a looser.

Let's send Dirk to motivate him.Thats the excuse of Nash to be out of the NT.:rolleyes: :o

damelo
05-18-2008, 09:13 PM
Well, something I read about Mike Pietrus recently:

Is that really profitable to have 5 and a half month of holidays, since his team didn't make the playoffs? He will spend half of the year without playing high level basketball... Same for most NBA players.

ajaxballer
05-18-2008, 11:55 PM
Part of the reason Nash doesn't play for Canada is that Jay Triano the former coach of the national team got fired. We had much better results with Nash even though the rest of the team was pretty weak outside of Rowan Barret and Todd McCullough. I believe with Nash and Maglorie we would be a very competitive national team with 4 NBA players and a number of players with solid European experience.

But I'm glad we are building for the future with our young team, Canada basketball realizes they need programs in place to train the athletes in this country so we can catch up to other nations. We actually have our own version of AIS (Australian institute of sport) called NEDA which started last year and is doing well.

alermac
05-19-2008, 04:25 AM
He didn't come since Sidney's OGs
Nash also played in 2001 and 2003 Tournaments of Americas.

Kings
05-19-2008, 07:53 AM
http://www.fibaamericas.com/files/fotos/B3BED91559D346B5B9EF7D55B5EE3CE3.jpg
2003 - 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.6apg.

mvblair
05-19-2008, 01:30 PM
Guys, what's with the talk about Nash being old? He's not a spring chicken anymore, but he's still one of the best guards on the planet.

I believe with Nash and Maglorie we would be a very competitive national team with 4 NBA players and a number of players with solid European experience. Put those guys and then Canada will have an NT that looks incredible. They could really compete.

But I'm glad we are building for the future with our young team, Canada basketball realizes they need programs in place to train the athletes in this country so we can catch up to other nations. Like a lot of countries, Canada has a great basketball future. If they can get all of those kids in Europe to keep coming back and play with the NT, year in and year out, they'll develop rather well.

And even right now, I don't think the NT looks that bad. They've got a great NBA center in Dalembert to anchor the middle, Rautins and Mendez are good now, and Brown is a nice athlete. Fill in some hustle players and that looks real good.

damelo
05-19-2008, 07:50 PM
Don't forget Carl English, he can play. He is just puting up 14ppg in ACB for the 9th team, and a final8 team in ULEB. I think Gran Canaria got beat by Spanish team anyway, so nothing un honorable...

ajaxballer
06-11-2008, 12:34 AM
Canada's National team just got a boost, Rowan Barrett has decided to join the team. Back when Canada actually qualified for the Olympics he was our leading scorer and should have been in the NBA IMO. I hope if we can some how qualify to the Olympics Nash will join the team.

http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=2066

Khalid80
06-12-2008, 03:39 PM
So do u guys think Lebanon has a chance of beating Canada in their friendly games at the end of this month? (Lebanon has defeated Canada twice in the friendly games before the World Championships in Japan)
If Maglore, Dalembert and Anthony are going to play then I personally think that we don't have a chance (I'm not considering Nash cuz Nash is to Canada as Nowitzki is to Germany; an awesome player who can change the whole team)

ajaxballer
06-12-2008, 04:22 PM
I did some research and the Canadian team that Lebanon beat in 2006 was much weaker than the team we have now. We didn't have Dalembert, Denham Brown, Olu Famutimi, Juan Mendez and Rowan Barrett.

Lebanon has had some big upsets in the past so it should be a competitive game.

Kings
07-01-2008, 08:55 AM
Game 1 - Box Score (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/download.php?id=95)

JGX
07-02-2008, 02:23 AM
Canada beats New Zealand 90-63 in the second game. Barrett scored 19 (5-8 on three-pointers), and Levon Kendall had 16. Dalembert only played a few minutes (resting him?) but it sounds like Kendall played well in his absence.

Penney had 26 for NZ but didn't get much help.

DJE
07-02-2008, 09:12 AM
Kings, you got a box score for NZ getting beaten by Canada? Not the result I was after, but heck when the team still treats Pero Cameron as a superstar, not much is going to change...
Anyhow, why you all beating up on Nash, is he skipping to Olympics totally, or just qualifying? Man I wish NZ had a player as good as Delambert ...

Kings
07-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Game 2 - Box Score (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/download.php?id=96)

Federoy
07-14-2008, 02:53 AM
Rautins slams officiating after Canada loss
The Canadian Press
7/11/2008 6:25:01 PM

Text SizeMANNHEIM, Germany - If every game is a learning experience for Canada's men's basketball team, Friday's loss to Germany was a lesson in questionable officiating, according to coach Leo Rautins.

The Canadians fell 84-74 to Germany to split their two-game exhibition series. It was Canada's final game before the team opens the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament Tuesday in Athens, Greece.

"Everything you could imagine happened," Rautins said in a conference call after the game. "I've never seen more travel calls in a game in my life against us, blocks. . . All I can say is I'm just going to tell you what was told to me by German officials, the head of the scorers table told me it was an embarrassment. That kind of sums it up."

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points to lead Germany for the second straight game, while Jan-Hendrik Jagla chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Philadelphia 76ers centre Samuel Dalembert led the way for the Canadians with 12 points and eight rebounds while starting point guard Jermaine Anderson shot 4-for-6 from the field, including three three-pointers to finish with 11 points and two assists.

"They battled through absolutely everything that could be thrown at them, and they still made it a competitive game where they were actually within striking distance with a few minutes to go until it was decided by factors outside of the players on the floor," Rautins said.

Canada's frontcourt found itself in foul trouble for much of the match, with Dalembert, Rans Brempong and Levon Kendall fouling out of the game. Miami Heat forward Joel Anthony finished with four fouls.

"At times it's kind of demoralizing because you're fighting hard and you're trying to get a rebound and the ref's calling a foul," Anderson said. "But it's something that you have to fight through, especially for guys like Sam and Joel, who play in the NBA and are not used to refs cheating and things like that.

"It's a learning experience for pretty much everybody."

Rautins divided the playing time, with eight players logging 10 minutes or more for the Canadians.

Rautins' son Andy sat out the game to rest a jammed thumb suffered in the team's previous meeting with Germany - a 91-86 Canadian victory on Wednesday.

Rautins said forward Jesse Young likely won't play at all in the Olympic qualifying tournament due a severe charley-horse.

"He'll be on the team going to China, but right now I don't think he's going to be able to play (in Greece)," Rautins said.

Aaron Doornekamp has taken Young's place in the lineup.

Germany's newest import, Los Angeles Clippers centre Chris Kaman, did not play.

The Canadians were scheduled to travel to Athens on Saturday. They open the 12-country last chance qualifying tournament Tuesday against Slovenia. South Korea is also in their pool.

Canada must finish top-three to earn its berth Olympic berth since a seventh-place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Looks like the Canadians were victimized by biased officiating.

JGX
07-14-2008, 03:12 AM
But it's something that you have to fight through, especially for guys like Sam and Joel, who play in the NBA and are not used to refs cheating and things like that.

;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

Juan Carlos Nadal
07-14-2008, 03:43 AM
In a recent interview alongside his dad Andy Rautins claimed that if he had to pick a favorite for the qualification to the Olympics he would have chosen Canada. Easy on the maple syrup dude! Have you watched any international ball recently, or perhaps, ever? My question would be, how confident are the Canadian team for this event? What are the expectations back home?

dreamwalker
07-16-2008, 08:54 AM
FIBA - News

ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) - Slovenia sent out a loud message about their intentions of claiming a spot at the Beijing Games with an 86-70 rout of Canada on the second day of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.



Jaka Lakovic poured in 16 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter and Slovenia shut down Canada to earn a place in the quarter-finals.

Canada, who got 16 points from veteran guard Rowan Barrett, must now beat Korea on Wednesday to clinch the other last-eight place that goes to Group C.

"We still have the goal in front of us, it's still achievable," Barrett said.

"We just have to regroup, stay positive and come and get the win tomorrow."

Slovenia trailed 15-9 just past the midway point of the opening quarter but finished the frame with a 27-22 lead.

They led by as many as nine in the second quarter before taking a 41-34 lead to half-time.

By the end of the third quarter, Slovenia had extended their advantage to 64-49 and there was no way back for their opponents, with Pipan's team putting the clamps on the Canadian shooters.

Canada were just four of 13 from long range and 20 of 47 inside the arc.

"A lot of their game is based on outside shots, so we were really focused on not letting them get into a comfort zone," Slovenia captain Rasho Nesterovic said.

Meanwhile, Slovenia gave Canada fits with their pick-and-roll and constant ball movement.

Nesterovic is hoping that there will be no doubters in Slovenia, now. The national team won three games at the Alpos Cup in Maribor and have now clinched two straight wins in Athens.

"Every year, we have a better and better group of guys, and it's much easier to play when you have 12 guys who are willing to do something that is needed to reach our goal," Nesterovic said.

"We need to forget these two games, though. This was our goal, but now we have to get ready for Friday."

Canada must get ready for Korea.

"We have a few new components in our team, but I think we're better than what we showed today," Barrett said.

Slovenia were so good on Tuesday that Lakovic, the Barcelona point guard, only played close to 21 minutes.

Sani Becirovic is the other veteran playmaker in the team and he had 15 points.

Everyone was outstanding at the line, with Lakovic a perfect eight of eight and Becirovic 11 of 11.

Nesterovic had 14 points and nine rebounds while Uros Slokar scored 10 and grabbed five boards.

Ales Pipan got a huge lift from his bench, with Emir Preldzic showing his great promise with eight points.

Canada played a lousy game without Steve Nash in the team and it was a sleeper.:D :D They need to play better against the South Koreans.

ajaxballer
07-16-2008, 12:45 PM
Wow, Canada got a close victory over Korea lol. I was so scared Korea would pull off the upset, it shows you can't take any team lightly.

Khalid80
07-16-2008, 03:22 PM
Wow, Canada got a close victory over Korea lol. I was so scared Korea would pull off the upset, it shows you can't take any team lightly.

Yeah man that was a close one!
Canada had to work their butts off in the second half to close the 16 point deficit that they got themselves into.
They definitely can't afford to do any mistakes like that in the quarterfinals.

ajaxballer
07-16-2008, 08:20 PM
Yeah man that was a close one!
Canada had to work their butts off in the second half to close the 16 point deficit that they got themselves into.
They definitely can't afford to do any mistakes like that in the quarterfinals.
Throughout most of the game Canada's defense was horrible, they weren't closing out shooters and korea was on fire. Canada was also sloppy offensively, not much ball movement. Canada only won because of rebounds and steals, those were the biggest factors.

Khalid80
07-18-2008, 01:21 PM
Tough luck for Canada (After losing to 83-62 to Croatia).
Hopefully in the upcoming tournaments u won't have any issues between the coach and players that would negatively affect the team like during these pre-Olympics.

JGX
07-18-2008, 01:27 PM
In a recent interview alongside his dad Andy Rautins claimed that if he had to pick a favorite for the qualification to the Olympics

A. Rautins finishes the tournament with 7 points and 8 fouls.

Lebron23
07-26-2008, 05:16 AM
I think Team Canada need to add Devoe Joseph in the 2010 FIBA World Championship because he was one of the best player in last years FIBA U19 World Championship.

He is only 19 yrs.old, and he also have the potential to make it in the NBA in the near future.


2007 FIBA U19 Stats

22.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.25 spg, 40.7 FG%, 73.3 FT%

http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/07/fiba/u19men/teamPlay/play/p/competitioncode//eventid/3955/langlc/en/playernumber/56437/roundid/3955/searchstr//season//fe_teamPlay_playStat.html


The Canadian National Phenom

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07qw7eNaoT5DP/340x.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M3zRorrcMs&fmt=18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J4K859vvHM&fmt=18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_LEob_DaMo&fmt=18

ajaxballer
07-26-2008, 06:43 AM
Canada has a lot of young talent. The problem is the coaching and politics. A lot of bridges have been burnt between the National program and our top upcoming players. I've been saying for a while that Canada needs a foreign coach that won't let politics interfere with our national team.

EugeneUkraine
08-01-2008, 10:36 PM
Hi. Anybody knows player from Canada Brad Roots or something like this? I need info about him. Can you help me? Thanks a lot!

P.S. Olu Famutimi is great!

RetiredJordanStopper
08-06-2008, 10:05 PM
RAUTINS, TRIANO REMEMBER 1980 MOSCOW OLYMPICS - BY LORI EWING, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last Updated: April 07, 2008


TORONTO - When Canada decided to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Jay Triano couldn't fathom the thought of another four years spent sweating in the gym to get back to the Games.

So he returned to Simon Fraser University to play football.

Triano, now an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors, and Leo Rautins, Canada's national men's coach and a Raptors TV analyst, were both members of the Olympic men's team that never made it to Moscow.

The decision to stay home became a defining moment in their careers. Rautins would never play in an Olympics. Triano lost interest in basketball for a while.

Now, amid rumblings about boycotts of this summer's Beijing Olympics, both say they believe skipping Moscow may have been the wrong call.

"It served no purpose," Rautins said. "In my opinion, it accomplished nothing. The athletes basically became the pawns and it really didn't do anything. Everything we did for four years was to gear up for that, and then all of a sudden it was gone."

Recent bloodshed in Tibet has human rights activists and some politicians calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

Pro-Tibetan activists held a rally on Parliament Hill demanding a Canadian boycott, although Canadian Olympic Committee officials have said they're not considering it.

The Belgian government, though, has said it wouldn't rule out a boycott, while French president Nicolas Sarkozy suggested boycotting the opening ceremonies was a possibility.

In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter led calls for an international boycott of the Moscow Games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Canada's then-Liberal government supported Carter along with the opposition Conservatives, and on April 23, then-external affairs minister Mark McGuigan told the House of Commons that Canada would not participate in the Games.

"We were at the qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico when we started hearing about the different rumblings," Triano said. "I think it was right before our final game, and we had already secured a spot (for the Olympics), when we heard there was a good chance we would not be going."

"The thing that bothered me is. . . the Afghanistan athletes (11 of them) went to the Olympics in Moscow," Triano added. "We thought what (the Russians) were doing was wrong, but the country they were doing it to didn't think it was wrong enough not to send their athletes to the Games."

Men's basketball, coached by the late Jack Donohue, was the only Canadian team that qualified for Moscow. When the Canadians pulled out, Brazil was bumped up to take their spot _ the Brazilians went on to finish fifth.

"By many accounts, that might have been one of the best teams Canada's ever had, so we were pretty optimistic that we could win a medal," Rautins said.

"We peaked at the right time, we had gone to Puerto Rico for the Olympic qualifying tournament, got on a little bit of a roll," Triano said. "Who knows what would have happened? We definitely had something pretty special at the time."

Instead of battling for a medal in Moscow, the Canadians were flown to Toronto and put up at the Royal York Hotel for two days. They were feted with a dinner, offered tickets to a hockey game and attended a concert in their honour featuring Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Chapin.

Small consolation.

Triano went back to SFU, but had trouble finding motivation to play basketball, so he signed on with the school's football team in his senior season.

"I had a hard time seeing four years down the road,'' Triano said. ``I'm not as bitter about it now because I did get to play in two more Olympics ('84 and '88), and coached in one (2000). But had that been my one shot, I think I'd still be bitter."

Moscow was Rautins' one shot. The former Syracuse star went pro in 1983, drafted 17th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Olympics didn't allow professionals at that time.

"It ended up being a defining point in my career, because 1980 was my best shot," said Rautins, who was on the '92 Canadian team that failed to qualify for the Barcelona Games. "And even though guys like Jay went on to play on other Olympic teams, there was something special about that team, it had everything you want on a team, the chemistry was unbelievable."

Triano and Rautins were among 212 Canadian athletes named to the 1980 Olympic team.

"I felt bad for the guys who never got to play in another Olympic Games," Triano said. "I was young enough where it became my goal to overcome it and see if I could play in another one. But I felt bad for the guys who, it was their only shot."

And it's tough enough to qualify for one Olympic Games, let alone two.

"I felt bad for other athletes," Triano said. "For example, there's a certain timeframe for gymnasts, where they're in their prime and it can't happen over two Olympics. Same thing for swimmers. . . I felt bad for those types of athletes who trained, some of them, their whole lifetime for the experience of competing in the Olympic Games."

Rautins' Canadian squad _ including his son Andy, a point guard at Syracuse _ is in the hunt for a berth at the Beijing Games. The Canadians have to finish top three at a last-chance qualifying tournament in Athens in July.

Meanwhile, the world continues to watch, waiting to see how China deals with the recent unrest in Tibet.

"My whole gripe is, where were all the political people when they chose the venue?" Rautins said. "Why are they coming out now when the only people who will get hurt by this are the athletes.

"Athletes have a voice, so go (to Beijing), perform and if you want to make a political statement, use your voice at that time to challenge human rights, whatever issues may come forth, whatever they see first-hand _ use that opportunity to make a statement."

NOTES: Edmonton's Mangisto Arop led Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) boys team to a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany. Arop averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds in the tournament, which is considered the ``unofficial under-18 world championships.'' Canada defeated Russia 74-48 and then Australia 66-53, before routing Argentina 80-54 to finish fifth.

rikhardur
10-14-2008, 02:18 AM
CAN – Dalembert still upset after being kicked off Team Canada


TORONTO (National team) – One of the more bizarre episodes to occur in international basketball this summer happened at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, when Canada coach Leo Rautins booted center Samuel Dalembert off the team.

Dalembert struggled in a blowout defeat to Slovenia and the following day, with the team about to depart for the arena to take on Korea, sparks flew.

"I was already on the bus, sitting down, and he (Rautins) asked to talk to me," Dalembert said in remarks published on Canada Basketball’s official website.

"The timing was very bad. Stuff was going on. Stuff he said to me, I talked back. After that, there was a gesture that he made that really upset me.

"After that we started talking, and things escalated.

"I was playing for me. I was playing for Canada. But obviously the bus wasn't going to leave if I didn't get off the bus. So I made the decision to get off the bus."

Without Dalembert, Canada fell behind against Korea but came back and won, only to then crash to a big defeat to Croatia in the knockout stage.

After the win over Korea, Rautins had said to FIBA.com: "Without getting into too many details, we decided to move forward with the players that we felt had the passion and desire to be here and play for Canada and that’s about it, in a nutshell.

"It’s disappointing, for sure, but we have to have players who are 100% committed to it. If they’re not, it’s not going to happen for us."

The Canada Basketball website said that Rautins called Dalembert a "prima donna" and added that the player had distanced himself from the rest of the team.

Rautins also revealed the players were unanimous in their agreement to move forward without Dalembert.

Dalembert, who travelled to Toronto at the weekend with Philadelphia taking on the Raptors in a pre-season game, says he won’t be coming back as long as Rautins remains in charge.

"I will say no," Dalembert said.

"You never know. You get one slap; you don't know when you're going to get another slap again. I'm not ready for that."

Rautins is under contract with Canada until the end of 2008 and it’s not known if he will remain in charge.

Wayne Parrish, the executive director of the national basketball organization, has been trying to calm down the situation and Dalembert claimed he had received an apology from him.

"What happened in the summer was unfortunate," Parrish said.

"But my hope is over the next six to eight to 10 months we can resolve this in a good way. It's important that the lines of communication are open with Sam and I, and I know Leo feels the same way."
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/28682/arti.html

ajaxballer
10-14-2008, 05:06 AM
Leo is such a bad coach. He was good at getting a group of talented guys together but equally good at alienating them. Denham Brown, Juan Mendez and Sam Dalembert were missing from this past summers team. Canada definitely needs a new coach, we actually did better with Triano and he had a much shallower group of players. The best solution is to hire a European coach and get a group of guys to stay committed. The good thing about the players we have is that they are hungry, many of them are hoping for a second NBA opportunity. IMO new coach = qualifying for 2010 world championships.

LordOfLeyte
10-21-2008, 08:45 AM
When Nash decides to call it a career, who can be his successor? Captain Canada is the face of Canadian Hoops.

ajaxballer
10-22-2008, 06:33 PM
I'd have to go with Tristan Thompson, he's starting gr. 11 in the U.S and he's ranked 1 in his class by some scouting websites. Hes also been committed to Texas since gr. 10.

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahol982yIJo

BBallfanJ
12-01-2008, 10:28 PM
The Canadian NT is almost as much of a mess as the Canadian political system right now - ALMOST.

rikhardur
12-18-2008, 10:43 PM
CAN/ITA – Canada call on Italy’s Gherardini in bid to reach the top


TORONTO (Canada Basketball) - The Toronto Raptors turned to former Benetton Treviso general manager Maurizio Gherardini because of his hoops expertise and now the governing body for basketball in Canada has done the same.

Canada Basketball have this week made Gherardini managing director of the senior men’s program.

The move is similar to the one made by USA Basketball in 2005 which put Jerry Colangelo in charge of the men's national team.

Raptors vice president and assistant general manager Gherardini, who works alongside Colangelo’s son and Toronto president Bryan Colangelo, said: "I'm very excited about this opportunity to work with Canada Basketball and hope I can add a different perspective to the picture.

“It’ll be challenging, but we all know it's never easy and we need everybody's support.”

Gherardini was in Athens this summer watching Canada when they and 11 other sides competed in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Canadians had high hopes going into the event but Greece, Croatia and Germany captured the three spots that were up for grabs for the Beijing Games.

Canada have nevertheless decided to sign national team coach Leo Rautins to a two-year extension.

Rautins, a former Canada player who serves as the color analyst on television for the Toronto Raptors, said: "I am thrilled with the opportunity to continue to build our programs.

“It has been, and continues to be, a great honor for me to represent my country as the head coach of our senior men's team.

"To be a part of what we are trying to accomplish is very exciting - from developing our young players to working with the new people on board that are united in overcoming the obstacles we face to build a world class program."

Canada extended the contract of women's coach Allison McNeill for two years as well.

Canada Basketball have also created a nine-member Council of Excellence, which Gherardini is a member of.

The body will serve as an advisory committee for the men's and women's national programs.

The Phoenix Suns’ veteran point guard Steve Nash, a two-time NBA MVP who played for Canada, will be joining the council as an Honorary Member.

Raptors coach and former national team player and boss Jay Triano is in the group, as well as what Canada Basketball called "Legendary Canadian university and national basketball coaches Don McCrae and Kathy Shields".

Former Canada coaches Ken Shields and Steve Konchalski are on the council, along with Glen Grunwald - the New York Knicks’ Senior Vice-President for Basketball Operations - and Sylvia Sweeney.

Sweeney was the star of Canada's bronze-medal winning side at the 1979 FIBA World Championship for Women and was named MVP of that event.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/29107/arti.html

rikhardur
01-22-2009, 02:26 AM
UKR/CAN – Canada’s Olu Famutimi takes center-stage in Ukraine


YUZHNY (Superleague) – Canada international Olu Famutimi made some headlines last year by playing at the EuroCup All-Star Game in Cyprus and later representing Canada at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The excellent defender is now raising eyebrows with Ukrainian outfit Khimik Yuzhny.

Famutimi poured in a game-high 19 points, adding seven rebounds and three steals, to lead Khimik to a 64-61 triumph over Pulsar on Saturday.

Famutimi gave this interview to Oleksiy Naumov on behalf of FIBA.com.

FIBA: Olu, your team went through some big changes in recent days. The club axed Goran Cakic, Sasa Bratic, Marton Bader, Jarrius Jackson and Olexandr Korochkin from the roster following a heavy EuroChallenge defeat at Galatasaray in Turkey. What are your feelings about the whole situation?

Olu Famutimi: As a player, I’m going to keep on playing regardless of what the situation is. They were real good friends to me and I’m going to miss them. But everybody always tells me that’s how this business is and that’s how life is, so you just have to keep on playing.

FIBA: You took the initiative every time Pulsar got close to Khimik. Did you have any special instruction from the coach?

Olu Famutimi: That’s what the coach wants us to do from now on, especially me and [Wykeen] Kelly and [Andriy] Agafonov. We have a lot of players that have never been in this position, so we have to take the initiative and go ahead and produce, especially in those crucial minutes.

FIBA: You tried to cheer Olexander Sabutskiy up after he made some bad mistakes in the deciding moments, which could have cost you the game.

Olu Famutimi: At that moment, I was disappointed, but I also thought we still had a chance to win. So I had to actually embrace him to let him know that “Okay, you messed up, but next time you can’t do the same thing again”. Right now, they are still young and have the potential to be superstars in the future, so it’s better for them to learn it now.

FIBA: What are you thinking about during the pre-game warm-ups? Also, do you listen to the national anthem of Ukraine?

Olu Famutimi: When I first came into the league I could not understand what it meant. I still don’t. I really don’t think about anything other than the game, especially before the game.

FIBA: What has the experience been for you here in the Superleague?

Olu Famutimi: It’s been great. I don’t think during my career of basketball that I had fans that were as supportive as these. They came out here, drove 12 hours just to see us play even though they knew that we had a smaller team (roster) than before. So I just thank God that he put me in this position.

FIBA: Dijon Thompson of Azovmash named you as the most difficult defender to play against here in the Superleague in his recent interview. Who is it most difficult for you to guard and who is it most difficult to play against.

Olu Famutimi: [Ukraine international] Serhiy Gladyr is the most difficult to guard. He’s very good. Just give him a split second and he’ll shoot. He’s very talented. The person that guards me… I don’t know, I don’t notice them. I think the most competition I have is actually in practice, because my teammates see me every day and know what I’m going to do. Offensively in real games I don’t really pressure myself into scoring. I just shoot when I have to, pass when I have to. That’s how I play.

FIBA: High-flying is your trade-mark. Did you have to work hard to be able to do that?

Olu Famutimi: It’s all natural, that’s what God blessed me with and I try to use it to my advantage.

FIBA: Well, good luck to you, Olu, for the remainder of the season.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/inte/p/newsid/29272/arti.html

mvblair
01-22-2009, 02:33 PM
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/inte/p/newsid/29272/arti.html Thanks for the article, Rik. I think everybody likes Famutimi. He's a real tenacious player, but he made a mistake when he left college (Arkansas?) and declared for the NBA draft. Of course hindsight is 20/20, but I really think he is one of the players who could have benefited with a few more years in college. I think he saw some of his peers playing well in the NBA and he wanted it too. Anyhow, it's great to see that he's succeeding.

mvblair
02-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Looks like Matt Bonner is going to play for the Canadian NT eventually.

Ukic scores career-high 22 points for Raptors (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=ApAufo2Nmydaw7T4OT.hzhK8vLYF?gid=200902 1128) - AP Sports, February 12, 2009

Notes:

...San Antonio’s Matt Bonner, who spent the first two years of his career with the Raptors, is in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen and hopes to play for Canada’s national team. Born in New Hampshire, Bonner has a grandfather from Newfoundland and his wife is from Toronto. “I feel very strongly about representing Canada,” Bonner said. “I feel like I’m part Canadian. It just feels right.” …

alermac
02-12-2009, 07:07 PM
Bonner has a grandfather from Newfoundland and his wife is from Toronto.
Oh, the things some men have to do to please women!:D

JGX
02-16-2009, 01:25 AM
I would gladly give New Hampshire to Canada if it would smooth the process.

Johnny21
03-29-2009, 06:14 PM
Humm i think, that Steve Nash has begin to fall in carrier

FilWelsh
06-07-2009, 04:23 AM
what is the latest update of Matt Bonner's appplication for Canadian citizenship?

Lewis
06-07-2009, 07:37 AM
what is the latest update of Matt Bonner's appplication for Canadian citizenship?

He's already naturalized

rikhardur
06-12-2009, 02:38 PM
CAN - Canadian senior men's national basketball team begins quest for the Worlds

TORONTO (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) - Canada Basketball unveiled the 2009 program for the Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) today, including the training/tryout schedule, summer competitions and the roster/staff for the first phase of the program.

After the launch in 2008, the “ROAD WARRIORS” return for an intense three-phase season that will see the team compete against seven national teams and various club teams in Spain, Italy and Puerto Rico, all in preparation for the FIBA Americas Championship for Men August 26- September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Our ultimate objective for the Senior Men’s Team this summer is to qualify for the FIBA World Championships in 2010 and the journey begins next week," said Maurizio Gherardini, Managing Director of the SMNT.

“We have put together a rigorous three-month training and competition schedule that we believe will help us achieve this goal.”

The SMNT summer season begins with a young men’s development camp.

As part of Canada Basketball’s long range strategy, the new phase is dedicated to identifying and developing top young Canadian prospects that are currently playing professionally or in the NCAA.

The young prospects camp will take place June 15-22 at Air Canada Centre, followed by exhibition games in Spain.

Invited players include Tyler Kepkay (British Columbia), Kai Williams (Saskatchewan), Aaron Doornekamp (Ontario), and Jevohn Sheppard (Ontario), who have sported the red and white for Canada on one of the national teams.

Joining these basketball rising young stars are Kyle Landry (Alberta), Ryan Bell (Ontario) and Mike Tuck (Ontario), who all play professionally overseas.

“I’m excited to work with these young guys who have the talent and the drive to compete at the international level,” said SMNT Head Coach, Leo Rautins. “I have been watching them play with their respective teams throughout the season, and Canada’s basketball future looks very bright.I look forward to working with and developing future senior national team players who will one day represent Canada.”

The second phase of training camp will take July 18-22, again at Air Canada Centre.

This group of athletes will feature many current members of SMNT that played last summer and in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championships.

After four days of intense training the team is slated to travel to Italy July 25 – August 2 to compete in a series of exhibition games with national teams from Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, and Turkey.

“Competing against national teams in other FIBA zones is great preparation for our team,” stated Rautins. “Every country is in the same position, in that we are all competing in zone championships this summer, vying for a spot in the 2010 World event. We have a strong core group of players that have been together for a few years and if we play hard in these European exhibition games, Canada will be in a great position to place well in the FIBA Americas Championship this August.”

The final training phase will take place August 12-16 at Air Canada Centre. The team then travels to Puerto Rico for the Tuto Marchand Cup August 18-20. Participating teams include Brazil, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Canada will look to repeat their first place finish in 2007.

Following a three-day break in Puerto Rico, Canada will moves on to the FIBA Americas Championship August 26 - September 6 at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Canada was selected to 'Group A', playing Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico and Puerto Rico in the preliminary round.

In total, ten of the best national teams will compete, with the top four qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/30513/arti.html

J-Mart
07-16-2009, 09:48 PM
Canada announces Senior National Team for Italian exhibition series

TORONTO (FIBA Americas Championship) – The Canadian Senior Men's National Team (SMNT) launches into the second part of a three-phase season this Saturday, July 18 at the Air Canada Centre. This phase includes an intense four-day training camp, followed by a trip to Italy where the SMNT will compete in exhibition games against national teams from Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and Turkey.

"This camp is a chance to have some of our younger players train and compete with guys who have played for Canada before at the highest level," said Leo Rautins, Head Coach of the Senior Men's National Team."I am looking forward to working with the players to create a team that has a passion and hunger to represent our nation on the world stage."

The camp runs from July 18-23 at Air Canada Centre and then the athletes travel to Italy July 23-August 2 to compete in a series of exhibition games.These games are a part of a summer-long basketball development plan to prepare the SMNT for the FIBA Americas Championship for Men August 26 – September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the hopes of qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

The roster for the second phase is highlighted by five returning athletes from the 2008 SMNT squad including Jermaine Anderson (Toronto), Olu Famutimi (Toronto), Levon Kendall (Vancouver), Andy Rautins (Syracuse, NY), and Jesse Young (Peterborough).

The final training phase will take place August 12-16 at Air Canada Centre.The team then travels to Puerto Rico for the Tuto Marchand Cup August 18-20.Participating teams include Brazil, Argentina and Puerto Rico.Canada will look to repeat their first place finish in 2007.
http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/5755/canadalne.jpg


http://fibaamericas.com/noticiasread4.asp?r=VITBFMUZOC&t=BIVRPKNDXU

Mojado
07-17-2009, 01:31 PM
Mexico should be having a good chance to beat Canada,if the team stay like that.

Center positions are especially weak since there is no Dalambert. I like Jermaine Anderson and Olu Famutimi, both good players.Andy Rautins had also a good season. But that's pretty it. Carl English ? Rowan Barrett, Joel Anthony, Juan Mendez and Denham Brown are missing...

rikhardur
07-17-2009, 05:20 PM
CAN – Anderson, Canada ready to take at 2010 FIBA World Championship berth

TORONTO (FIBA Americas Championship) - Canada point guard Jermaine Anderson is upbeat about the team’s chances of achieving a top four finish at the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico later this summer.

Should that happen, the Canadians would qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

“Our goal this year is simple, we want to qualify for the World Championship,” Anderson said.

The playmaker is one of several returning national team players set to join Canada coach Leo Rautins for a training camp that runs from July 18-23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Olu Famutimi, Levon Kendall, Andy Rautins, Jesse Young, Tyler Kepkay and Aaron Doornekamp will also be on hand.

After the camp, the Canadians will fly to Italy and compete in a series of exhibition games along with New Zealand, Portugal, Turkey, Angola and the Italians.

“I’m excited to play again for Canada and cannot wait to get to know the guys better and get comfortable with our new system,” Anderson said. “Last year’s experience will only make us stronger as we try to be one of the best in the world. Now it means that everyone has to focus on basketball and nothing else. It’s time to get it done.”

Canada played at the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year in Athens but did not take one of the three spots on offer for the Beijing Games.

The last phase of Canada’s training before the FIBA Americas Championship will take place from August 12-16 back at the Air Canada Centre.

The team will then travel to Puerto Rico for the Tuto Marchand Cup from August 18-20. Brazil, Argentina and Puerto Rico are also in that friendly competition.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/31055/arti.html

alermac
07-18-2009, 04:28 AM
Mexico should be having a good chance to beat Canada,if the team stay like that.

Center positions are especially weak since there is no Dalambert. I like Jermaine Anderson and Olu Famutimi, both good players.Andy Rautins had also a good season. But that's pretty it. Carl English ? Rowan Barrett, Joel Anthony, Juan Mendez and Denham Brown are missing...
Too many major absences, Canada will have a hard time qualifying for Round 2.

Mojado
08-14-2009, 07:34 AM
Canada adds Joel Anthony and Carl English to its roster:
http://www.fibaamericas.com/noticiasread_us.asp?r=OKWZQLCGZB

alermac
08-14-2009, 01:22 PM
Then i have to change my view on this team, now Canada has a legitimate chance.

¹²³
08-14-2009, 02:04 PM
Then i have to change my view on this team, now Canada has a legitimate chance.

Yeah. I can see them in the top 4. This championship is getting tougher and tougher.

rikhardur
10-08-2009, 04:38 PM
CAN – Brighter outlook for Canada hoops

TORONTO (2010 FIBA World Championship/2010 FIBA World Championship for Women) - Canada's senior national team coaches admit the country's commitment to basketball development and a unified approach has started to pay dividends.

Leo Rautins guided the men's team to a surprise place in the Semi-Finals at the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico, and Allison McNeill coached her side to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Brazil.

The results qualified both teams for next year's FIBA World Championships, with the men playing in Turkey and the women in the Czech Republic.

"We used to occasionally see that we'd put all our money into a senior team and they'd go and do well, for a quadrennial," McNeill said to the Toronto Star.

"And then you have no development and you're back right where you started.

"I think we're finally investing in development and investing in senior teams and we're getting some results."

The senior sides were not the only Canada teams to raise eyebrows this year.

Canada finished seventh at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand and fourth at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Thailand.

Federations, coaches, players and supporters, it seems, have begun to pull in the same direction and Rautins says that has to continue.

"There's no way you can have any continuity in the program if you don't have every single aspect of it working together," Rautins said.

"And it has to even go beyond the cadet, junior, development and senior.

"It's also got to include the CP programs (Canada's Centre for Performance initiative that identifies talent at a young age) around the country because if everybody's not on the same page, you're not feeding anything."
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/34476/arti.html

c_d
11-12-2009, 02:59 PM
CAN - Bonner hopeful of representing Canada next year in Turkey

TORONTO (2010 FIBA World Championship) – National team coach Leo Rautins and the rest of Canada’s basketball fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that Matt Bonner will represent the country at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

The American center should have no problem obtaining a Canadian passport as he is married to a Canadian and owns a home in Toronto, where he once played for the NBA’s Raptors and was hugely popular among the fans.

He is now on the books of the San Antonio Spurs, but plans to eventually live in Ontario.

"It's definitely something that's on the top of my mind... to be able to have this opportunity to represent a country in that kind of setting," said Bonner to Raptors.com.

"It's not just my call though. We have to get all of the government paperwork stuff to go through.

“But (that stuff) is totally legit and viable (given that) my wife and I are living in Toronto and plan to live there."

The 6ft 10in Bonner made headlines when he played in Toronto for his play, but also because he did not own a car and instead relied on public transport.

His nickname while a player with the Raptors was the ‘Red Rocket’.

Now 30, this is an important year for Bonner for he will be out of contract after the season.

"The World Championships are at the end of the summer so hopefully I'll be signed and ready to go," said Bonner.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/37414/arti.html

rikhardur
11-17-2009, 07:07 PM
CAN - Ankle-op for Canada's Kendall

ATHENS (2010 FIBA World Championship) – Canada big man Levon Kendall may go under the knife after injuring his left ankle in Maroussi’s Euroleague game against Caja Laboral last week.

The 25-year-old forward tore ligaments and is likely to be out of action for several months.

Kendall played for Canada at the FIBA Americas Championship this year, averaging 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

The Canadians reached the Semi-Finals in Puerto Rico to clinch a place at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/37469/arti.html

mystro88
11-19-2009, 06:16 PM
canada should get the young guys to play to name a few , tristan thompson, myck kabongo, cory joseph, andrew nicholson, harouna mutombo, alex johnson, marc trasolini, rob sacre, manny arop, kelly olynyk, will archambault, scott brittain, shamar coombs, tristan blackwood, junior cadougan, olu ashalou, theo davis, JR patric, andrew parker, steve sir, ross bekkering, josh whyte, cory niles, patrick tatham, sefton barrett, alwayne bigby, kyle johnson, kai williams, donrick thomas, tristan martin, jevohn shepherd, kaylan anderson, ryan wright, marvell waithe, kadeem green, kenny osse, kevin pangos, anthony bennett, laurent rivard, maurice walker, stefan nastic, russell hicks, richard peters, dwight powell, brady heslip, kyle wiltjer we have tons of ncaa players and talented cis players to choose from

canadian players facebook videos
http://www.facebook.com/video/?oid=42100100012

rikhardur
11-23-2009, 05:36 PM
CAN – Big Cat may be on the prowl for Canada next year

TORONTO (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Leo Rautins and Canada could have a one-two punch from the Miami Heat to throw at opponents next year when they show up at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Heat power forward Joel Anthony, who played for Canada at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year and this summer at the FIBA Americas Championship, has spoken to fellow Heat player and Toronto native Jamal Magloire, a.k.a. ‘Big Cat’, about representing the country for the first time since he was 18 years old.

The 31-year-old Magloire appears willing to put on the Canada shirt.

"Representing my country is an honor and a privilege and it's something I've entertained," Magloire said.

"I'm looking forward to more dialogue with Canada Basketball."

Rautins, who expects to have San Antonio big man and former Raptor Matt Bonner in the line-up as a naturalized Canadian (Bonner owns a home in Toronto and is married to a Canadian), would appear to have a more formidable frontcourt if Magloire did commit to playing in Turkey.

"If we get him, he makes us significantly bigger, stronger and tougher," Rautins said to the Toronto Sun.

"I'd love to have him. But it's a no-pressure situation for him.

"I think he's at a point in his life, in his career, where he'd be a great asset maturity-wise for our team, because we're so young.

"Jamaal is very eloquent and he's got a lot of experience he can offer."

Magloire was given the nickname ‘Big Cat’ by former teammate PJ Brown in reference to the fact that Magloire played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Since starting the season with a two-game suspension for his role in an altercation with Detroit Pistons rookie Jonas Jerebko, Magloire has made just one appearance for the Heat.

Rautin's sharpshooting son Andy, meanwhile, a national team player, is coming off a very encouraging weekend performance for Syracuse University against the defending NCAA champions North Carolina Tar Heels.

Rautins had 11 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and probably most important, an eye-popping seven steals.

He was on the floor as Syracuse went on a 22-1 run at the start of the second half to help the Orangemen pull away for an 87-71 victory.

"We knew what we had to do," Rautins said. "Defense is our staple. We had to come out and get fired up.”
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/37545/arti.html

CanadianKid
12-17-2009, 09:11 PM
We get to play Spain, France, New Zealand, Lebanon, and Lithuania in group D.

Group D:
Canada
France
Lebanon
Lithuania
New Zealand
Spain

Not the most difficult group, but not easy by any means. We can qualify for the 2nd round but we are gonna have to be totally prepared going into this tournament.

Schedule:
August 28 Canada vs. Lebanon
August 29 Canada vs. Lithuania
August 31 Canada vs. France
September 1 Canada vs. New Zealand
September 2 Canada vs. Spain

Start with Lebanon, end with Spain. Hopefully we'll have already clinched a spot before that last game. We get one day off so not a lot of rest between games. We'll have to be in good condition to give it our all in all of the games.

Venue: Izmir Halkapinar Sport Hall
http://www.izmir.bel.tr/UploadedPics/BirimProjeleri/Sosyal/Sy19.jpg http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/5601/askisercan7kk.jpg

Nice arena, nice city. Should be fun watching the boys play there.

Possible Roster:
Jermaine Anderson
Tyler Kepkay
Ryan Bell
Jermaine Bucknor
Carl English
Olu Famutimi
Andy Rautins
Jamaal Magloire
Jesse Young
Matt Bonner
Levon Kendall
Joel Anthony

If this is our roster, I'll be content. We get two pros who weren't with us at the Americas tournament and still have our main core of players who got us qualified for the World Championship.

Turkey is where we can and will showcase our talent in this game. Here's to a good tournament full of exciting games. Good luck to the boys. Go Canada Go!:D

perucho123
12-18-2009, 08:13 AM
canada needs dalembert and nash. i know the coach and dalenbert have issues, but for the sake of your country get over it. and what about nash?

sixama23
12-18-2009, 04:45 PM
canada needs dalembert and nash. i know the coach and dalenbert have issues, but for the sake of your country get over it. and what about nash?

I don't think that Dalembert would be useful for Canada after the problems he caused at the 2008 Olympic qualification tournament. After all, if Matt Bonner is going to play for Canada next summer, there is no place for one more naturalized player. And Bonner and Dalempert are both counted as naturalized Canadians.
I watched Canada at Athens in 2008 and it was a great disappointment. Well next year i except more from them because Magloire would be a great addition and English seems to be at his best shape this year, performing very good at Caja Laboral.
As for Nash, you are right! Who doesn't want Nash at his team? But i remember that Nash has told the press 1 or 2 years ago that he has in mind not to play for the national team again. Maybe the people of the federation could try to convince him playing one more time. It would be great to see Nash playing at the World Championship next year.

Pistol Pete
12-18-2009, 05:03 PM
Wow excuse my ignorance but I didn't even know that Magloire and Bonner are Canadian. Bonner has been really impressive in the NBA lately, and ew know what Magloire can do. Carl English will also be very important for the team... It all depends how well those NBA players adapt to the FIBA game. If they do that well, Canada will be the dark horse of the tournament.

saalsapr
12-19-2009, 11:37 PM
I think Canada will finish 25th overall, with 23 teams and the referees finishing above them.

But seriously, this team by the 2012 could be great from 1 to 10. The fact that they crushed the weak teams better than Brazil, Argentina and Puerto Rico, but got crushed by these three teams was because of inexperience and intimidation.

I like the depth and atletism this canadian team has, Anthony is a superb shot blocker, and Rautin's three point shooting is important.

rikhardur
01-08-2010, 04:20 PM
CAN – Canadians assess the competition

TORONTO (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Canada’s Miami Heat big man Joel Anthony is drawing no crumbs of comfort from last month’s draw for the FIBA World Championship that left Canada in different Preliminary Round groups from Olympic champions Team USA and world number one Argentina.

The Canadians, who reached the Semi-Finals at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, still wound up with some formidable opponents in Group D.

World champions Spain, along with France, New Zealand and wild cards Lithuania and Lebanon are the sides Anthony and Canada will square off against in Izmir.

“There will not be any easy pools,” said Anthony, who then paid special attention to the European sides.

“France and Spain are two teams with a lot of talent, and Lithuania has played the U.S. really tough.”

Coach Leo Rautins knows that after competing at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, and at last year’s FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico, that every opponent must be respected.

“We’re not conceding anything or have a lack of confidence,” Rautins said.

“We’re just going to have to understand that every game has to be 40 minutes of your best basketball. I think we will get a great effort out of our guys. There will be no room for mistakes.”

Rautins says that his players should still be ambitious.

“We all want to go in and get to the medal round,” Rautins said.

“I think we want to be greedy. We want to do something Canada has never done before. It’s realistic to get to the second round, and then you keep striving for more.”
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/38044/arti.html

rikhardur
03-03-2010, 11:27 PM
CAN – Goal-oriented Anthony proof that hard work pays off

MIAMI (2010 FIBA World Championship) - It's never easy to make it to the top in basketball.

Canada’s Joel Anthony knows that very well.

Possessing a chiseled and powerful 6ft 9in, 245lb frame, Anthony is a main cog in the Canada line-up and will be on the floor later this year when they compete at the FIBA World Championship.

He is also an important member of the Miami Heat squad in the NBA.

The 27-year-old Montreal native says there's only one approach that works for any youngster if the aim is to compete at the highest level in the game.

"It's about staying focused on your goals," Anthony says.

"One of the hardest things that I had to do that a lot of people didn't want to do was to make the sacrifice, give up things."

At Pensacola Junior College in Florida, and especially later at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, there were plenty of potential distractions.

Las Vegas is, after all, nicknamed Sin City.

"You want to go out all the time," he added, looking back on his time with the Runnin' Rebels.

"And college is fun - some of the best years in your life.

"You want to enjoy that as much as you can, but if there is an end goal, you might have to sacrifice a few things.

"If players can understand that, and focus on what they have to do, that will definitely go a long way in terms of helping them succeed."

Defense first

Anthony is a coach's dream because his main priority on the basketball court has always been to defend.

After leaving Pensacola in 2004 for UNLV, Anthony finished second in Runnin’ Rebels history with 157 career blocks.

A testament to excellence when the other team had the ball was the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor he received as a senior.

Anthony’s famous work ethic and defensive prowess made him so popular that he was also named the 2007 UNLV Sportsman of the Year.

While he might not play many minutes in a game for Miami, he is always a leader because of the example he sets in practice.

"Joel is just a hard worker," said his Heat teammate, Michael Beasley.

"You never have to tell him anything twice.

"He gets it, and works on it.

"Take shot-blocking for instance.

"Once he gets in that zone, he blocks four or five shots in the space of 10 minutes."

Anthony is concentrated on the NBA right now as Miami attempt to reach the Eastern Conference Play-offs, but Canada is never far from his thoughts.

In Turkey later this year, he will lead Canada when they go up against France, Spain, Lithuania, New Zealand and Lebanon in Group D of the FIBA World Championship.

Anthony also thinks about his homeland when people ask him what he plans to do with his life once his playing career ends.

"I'd really like to have a chance to go back home to Montreal," he said to Panhandle Sports Broadcasting.

"Working with kids is something that I always wanted to do because, there are people back home that gave me opportunities that I wouldn't have ever been able to have if they had not pushed me and shown me that certain things were possible.

"To be able to give back to my community, and to see some other people succeed would mean a lot to me."
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/inte/p/newsid/38765/arti.html

ajaxballer
03-09-2010, 10:05 PM
I am very excited for this years World championships. I am confident that Canada can have a respectful finish in which to build the program for the future.

A couple of our players from the qualifying tournament have been playing great this year such as Andy Rautins (11 ppg 5 apg 40% 3ps and possible 2nd round draft pick) and Carl English. I also think it is time we integrate and reward some of our younger players. Two players in particular, Robert Sacre (10 ppg 5.2 rpg 1.9 bpg) and Andrew Nicholson (16.2 ppg 7.1 rpg 1.8 bpg) have been have great seasons in the NCAA.

Or

We can just ride the Red Rocket (Matt Bonner) to a first place finish ;)

mvblair
03-09-2010, 10:32 PM
I am very excited for this years World championships. I am confident that Canada can have a respectful finish in which to build the program for the future. Ajax, I really hope you're right. Unfortunately, it seems like every three or four years, Canada tries to establish their basketball program and completely fails. Personally, I think they suffer from "Team USA 2002 Syndrome." They all train with different clubs that have different styles and different routines and their leagues even have different rules. The Canadian players always think they're great but never put in the weeks of training as a team that a successful national program needs. And that's what Team Canada needs: time to practice and train together.

Lewis
03-10-2010, 01:55 AM
Andy Rautins, (possible 2nd round draft pick)


LOL
players like Da'Sean Butler, Greivis Vazquez (two of the best College layers right now) and a bunch of other great players who can make an impact in the NBA like Jacob Pullen, Nolan Smith, Tracy Smith, and especially Lazar Hayward are not even given a chance of getting drafted and you think Rautins will :eek:
come on now !!! He'll probably go undrafted and then sing by a team looking for some depth at the 1 'cause he can't play the 2 at the next level. He's a great player but let's not exaggerate

ajaxballer
03-10-2010, 02:29 AM
Lewis: Honestly I hate Andy Rautins but I have seen his name pop up on draft sites such as nbadraft.net. I doubt he will get drafted but anything is "possible" ;).

mvblair: I have been disappointed by team Canada's performances in the past few years but they are still a very young team. Leo has also kept the core line up for the past 3 years so maybe this will be the year they gel together. It does sadden me that teams with a lot less talent seem to out perform us every year but I hope we can break out and finish strong in Turkey.

rikhardur
04-28-2010, 02:03 PM
CAN/USA – Joseph decides to join fellow Canadian Thompson at Texas

AUSTIN (NCAA) - A pair of exciting Canadian youngsters that are certain to be prominent players in the national team for many years, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, will play college basketball together at Texas.

Thompson, a 6ft 8in small forward, had already decided to play for Rick Barnes and the Longhorns and now Joseph, an explosive 6ft 3in guard, will join him.

The pair were teammates on the Canada side that finished seventh at last year's FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand.

They have also played together at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

"It's good that we'll be able to play together again," Joseph said.

"We had a lot of success over the past two years. We won the national championship twice.

"We're going to have a great time."

Joseph averaged 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game at the FIBA U19 World Championship while Thompson contributed 8.6 points and 5.9 boards.

"Cory is simply a winner who will definitely have an impact on our backcourt," Barnes said.

"Not only is Cory a very good basketball player, he is an excellent person with a truly wonderful family. He comes from a successful Grass Roots Canada AAU program coached by Ro Russell.

“Cory also has played for an excellent high school program at Findlay Prep, coached by Michael Peck.

“Both of those are winning programs that have excelled at the highest levels."
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/39711/arti.html

lebanon4ever
05-05-2010, 07:24 PM
Will nash play with canada in turkey???

CanadianKid
05-21-2010, 10:48 PM
Will nash play with canada in turkey???

Most likely not. For whatever reason, he dosen't play for canadian national team anymore.

sinobball
05-29-2010, 10:48 PM
Any updates on Bonner and Magloire, will they play for Canada this year? Dalembert?

PRSURF
05-29-2010, 11:49 PM
Any updates on Bonner and Magloire, will they play for Canada this year? Dalembert?
Bonner and Magloire will play for sure, Dalembert i don't think so!

CanadianKid
06-06-2010, 04:57 PM
Canada will play France in a two game series in mid-August in Toronto. It's titled the 2010 Jack Donohue International Classic. Canada will then join Greece, Serbia, and Slovenia in Athens for the Greece Acropolis Tournament (17th-19th August). Canadas last tune up will be Efes Pilsen Cup Tournament in Ankara, Turkey (21st-23rd August) where they will face off against Argentina, Turkey and Lebanon.

http://turkey2010.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/10/fwcm/news/p/eid/4728/nid/40280/sid/4728/article.html

samer_1_2
06-10-2010, 12:43 PM
Strange no too much preparations.. I bet it will ok for the NT. Sure they will miss NBA players a lot..

thespywhozaggedme
06-10-2010, 09:15 PM
7'0 center from Gonzaga University, Rob Sacre is officially on the team. With the addition of him, Magloire, Bonner, Joel Anthony, Jesse Young and Levon Kendall, Canada has a really decent pf and center rotation.

thespywhozaggedme
06-10-2010, 09:16 PM
Canada will play France in a two game series in mid-August in Toronto. It's titled the 2010 Jack Donohue International Classic. Canada will then join Greece, Serbia, and Slovenia in Athens for the Greece Acropolis Tournament (17th-19th August). Canadas last tune up will be Efes Pilsen Cup Tournament in Ankara, Turkey (21st-23rd August) where they will face off against Argentina, Turkey and Lebanon.

http://turkey2010.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/10/fwcm/news/p/eid/4728/nid/40280/sid/4728/article.html

They'll also be playing China in Vancouver.

mvblair
06-11-2010, 02:04 PM
7'0 center from Gonzaga University, Rob Sacre is officially on the team. With the addition of him, Magloire, Bonner, Joel Anthony, Jesse Young and Levon Kendall, Canada has a really decent pf and center rotation.
I didn't know that Sacre was Canadian until you mentioned him. He's going to be good. I've seen his name in several mock drafts. The boy has legs the size of tree trunks! Big kid. Magloire is still very good even though he isn't getting the minutes he deserves in the NBA. Bonner is very talented and is more adept offensively than he gets credit for. I could take or leave Joel Anthony, but he's been really successful playing for Canada, so they should bring him. I haven't seen Jesse Young since he left the NCAA. Yes, Canada does have great rotation at the 4/5 spots.

albiongate
06-19-2010, 10:50 AM
Canada has a bright future (Sacre, Olynyk, Sim Bhullar & Tanveer Bhullar, Kabongo, Pangos).

rikhardur
06-19-2010, 11:53 PM
Canada has a bright future (Sacre, Olynyk, Sim Bhullar & Tanveer Bhullar, Kabongo, Pangos).
Is there any chance that India will get the brothers? I heard they don't accept players born elsewhere, is it true?

albiongate
06-20-2010, 05:15 PM
Is there any chance that India will get the brothers? I heard they don't accept players born elsewhere, is it true?

Now, I think it's too late.

Yes, there is a stupid rule that doesn't allow Indians with dual citizenships to compete for India. :confused:

c_d
06-23-2010, 03:23 PM
“Rock” Leads Underdog Canadians
June 21, 2010 by Darren Andrade

At the podium for a Basketball Canada press conference at the Air Canada Centre the Senior Men’s team managing director Maurizio Gherardini and head coach Leo Rautins sit patiently. They are there to push Canada’s ever-evolving warm up schedule that will include China and a set versus France at the ACC as preparation for their appearance at the upcoming FIBA World Basketball Championship in Turkey this summer. The internationally renowned Gherardini has helped engineer this as part of a new committee designed to improve Basketball Canada’s programs and global presence. Both he and Rautins have substantial name power on the Canadian hoops scene, but right now they are listening to the man they flank in front of the gathered media. They are listening to Jermaine Anderson.

“Growing up in the Downsview park area, now to have a chance to play where the Toronto Raptors play, is definitely a blessing,” says Anderson. His voice creaks but doesn’t crack.

“It’s been six long years and you can hear it in my voice. I sound timid but at the same time I’m excited.”

Anderson is talking about the long and winding road of the Canadian Men’s basketball program, one he has traveled unflinchingly as a player for over half the decade. It has, in most ways, been a journey back to respectability after the program peaked with a seventh place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Since then the celebrated Jay Triano has been replaced by Rautins as bench boss and the hoops hero of those Olympic games – NBA icon Steve Nash – has all but retired from international competition. The Canadians have not even played in a FIBA World Championship since 2002.

“Rock kind of exemplifies what our team is about,” Rautins told the assembly in reference to Anderson. The nick “Rock” was bestowed upon the 6-2 guard because of his chiseled frame and cool demeanor in the crunch. Both have been developed over time and Rautins has seen and, at times, guided the growth.

“He came in and he’s developed every year and gotten better to become one of the premier point guards that is going to be out there playing this summer.”

At 27 years of age Anderson will be entering the prime of his career in 2010, one that has taken him through Germany, Poland and in 2009-10 to Croatia. Like many of his Team Canada mates the European leagues provide both a living and the international experience to help battle the world competition. Last season with Cedevita Zagreb Anderson was their standout guard, leading the team in assists and serving as a solid scorer and defender. His shot selection is a big selling point and his physical conditioning allows him to stay frenetic on both sides of the ball.

“When you’re playing against the best in the world there is no choice but to get better,” explains Anderson. “When you’re playing against USA, Greece, Turkey… it just helps you. For us, going over there, learning the European game and then coming back over does wonders when playing in the summertime.”

A two-guard for most of his career, Anderson was persuaded by Rautins to play the point position for a Canadian squad that was lacking floor leadership along with speed and strength in the backcourt. There was also a lack of available talent at the position. From that generalship Anderson has not only begun to emerge as the point guard the coaching staff envisioned but also as the heart and soul of a team he can now call his own.

“We put so much into it as individuals and as a team and it’s such an honor to play for your country,” says Anderson. “For me, I give so much of myself during the summers – working out, doing yoga, lifting and running – while I should be resting. My teammates do the same thing. Hopefully we can shock the world.”

Again.

The first surprise came when Canada defeated the Dominican Republic at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico to secure their spot in Turkey. Beating a Dominican team that featured NBA bigs like Al Horford, Francisco Garcia and Charlie Villanueva to snag the last ticket for the World championships provided the kind of swagger that can only be provided by success.

“We lost the Uruguay game and we felt that we were done and thought that we had lost our opportunity,” Anderson recalls. “(Then) we beat a team nobody thought we could beat and one that was definitely more talented than us on paper. Hopefully that gives us confidence going into the (FIBA) world championship.”

Anderson was the truth in that game, connecting on five of his eight three-point attempts and finishing with 21 points. Just as big were his five assists and play in the crunch alongside Syracuse schooled shooting guard Andy Rautins. It was the type of game-saving point guard performance not seen since the days of Nash and unfairly, Anderson has had to listen to observers and talking heads pine for the return of “Captain Canada” while he reconfigured his own game to replace him. His spot-clinching performance in Puerto Rico at least slowed the critics.

“Everybody said we couldn’t do anything without Steve,” says Anderson. “To have some success without having Steve here, it’s more for the younger guys. You can be successful as an individual or as a country without having a guy like Steve Nash on the team. We don’t have any superstars, we just have a bunch of guys that work hard and we believe in the system that the coaching staff draws up for us and we go out there and try to execute it. Right now it’s gotten us to Turkey.”

The next step will be tricky. Despite Anderson’s confidence in his band of generation “next-ers” he admits that the addition of some big league talent wouldn’t hurt. Canada fields one of the youngest teams on the circuit and adding veteran experience is vital to their underdog shot of earning at spot in London for the 2012 Olympics. Miami heat forward Joel Anthony has been a regular while San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner is in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen and could eventually play. Long time hold out and NBA veteran Jamaal Magloire remains a long shot. Anderson however, sends a call of caution.

“None of those guys are Steve,” he warns. “The guys we have – Joel and hopefully Bonner’s going to play - are guys that buy into the system. They don’t say, ‘Well, because I’m an NBA guy I’m going to do this or my own thing’. They’re just like everybody else. When you have guys like that who believe and work hard it helps us.”

When Anderson talks about belief he isn’t referring to Sacramento Kings center Samuel Dalembert. When his attitude began to rub teammates and coaches the wrong way (the word “entitlement” has been the polite description) Rautins booted Dalembert out of the program in the middle of the FIBA 2008 qualifying tournament in Greece.

“It’s disappointing for sure,” said coach Rautins at the time. “But I think you have to have players who are a 100% committed to it. 



“If not, it’s not going to happen for us.”



Canada failed to make the cut for the Beijing Olympics that summer and the loss of Dalembert was noticeable. Despite the disappointment the more important message of team unity had been sent and was a powerful motivational tool in Puerto Rico. Anderson in particular, has carried that message well.

“When you look at him from the outside he seems quiet but he is very passionate,” says Rautins moments after leaving the podium. “He’s been through a lot. For years it was like: “You don’t have Steve? Well, who do you have?” Here’s a guy who wasn’t a natural point guard. We had to develop him into a point guard and he is at a point now where he can play with anybody. He’s had this tremendous commitment to playing for Canada even when people weren’t necessarily supporting him. It was a great moment (when) he stepped up as big as anybody in the biggest game, which tells you what he’s all about.

“It’s been fun to see the growth.”

Look beyond the well-honed physique and the stone cold clutch play and the tag “Rock” has come to mean so much more for Anderson. He may never be the most talented or naturally gifted player on the court but his approach ensures that nobody will be working harder and few will be more prepared when called upon to perform. The name “Rock” has now mostly come to represent the piece of foundation that Anderson’s game, sacrifices and attitude have contributed to the national program, helping to give it something new and fresh to stand on heading into the world championship.

“I don’t think a lot of people expect us to do anything at this tournament but I think we’re going to shock a lot of people,” Anderson spouts confidently. “It’s going to be a great tournament for us.”
http://www.swaysports.ca/index.php/2010/06/21/rock-leads-underdog-canadians/

Baller_0
07-04-2010, 05:58 AM
Canada has a bright future (Sacre, Olynyk, Sim Bhullar & Tanveer Bhullar, Kabongo, Pangos).

Not to mention the 2 Canadians that played well in the 2010 McDonalds's All American.

Federoy
07-09-2010, 05:56 AM
Canada will play France in a two game series in mid-August in Toronto. It's titled the 2010 Jack Donohue International Classic. Canada will then join Greece, Serbia, and Slovenia in Athens for the Greece Acropolis Tournament (17th-19th August). Canadas last tune up will be Efes Pilsen Cup Tournament in Ankara, Turkey (21st-23rd August) where they will face off against Argentina, Turkey and Lebanon.

http://turkey2010.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/10/fwcm/news/p/eid/4728/nid/40280/sid/4728/article.html

I wonder why they didn't schedule the Canada/France games in Montreal? :)

ajaxballer
07-09-2010, 01:00 PM
I wonder why they didn't schedule the Canada/France games in Montreal? :)

If they played in Montreal the whole crowd would be cheering for France ;).

Federoy
07-11-2010, 03:01 AM
If they played in Montreal the whole crowd would be cheering for France ;).

Sucre bleu! LOL

c_d
07-19-2010, 06:20 PM
CANADA'S DMNT OPEN THEIR EUROPEAN TOUR WITH A WIN
Last Updated: July 19, 2010

OSTENDE, BELGIUM - Canada's Development Men's National Team (DMNT) opened their European tour on Sunday with a 70-59 victory over Ivory Coast at the Sleuyter Areana in Ostende, Belgium.

Toronto native Jevohn Shepherd led the Canadians with 17 points while Denham Brown (Toronto, Ont.) added 11 points.

“After a long trip this group started out a little rushed but managed to settle down and took control of the game,” said DMNT Head Coach Leo Rautins.

“Jevohn Sheppard, Denham Brown and Ryan Bell, all three with senior team experience, led the group. Kelly Olynyk and Brady Heslip also made key contributions. It’s important to learn and get better each game.”

The Canadian’s shot 44 percent from the field and 45 per cent from beyond the arc. The DMNT held an advantage at the charity stripe as they went to the line 10 more times than their opponent and shot 71 per cent from the line.

“Personally it feels good to play for my country again and a lot of national pride comes through,” said Denham Brown, who also added five rebounds.

“It was a tough week of camp, and we came out and still got the job done. Guys focused on what the coaching staff wants from them.”

Team Canada continues their European exhibition tour as they play Belgium on July 19 in Antwerp, Belgium. Game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and game summaries will be posted on www.basketball.ca.
http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=4329

sinobball
07-29-2010, 08:55 PM
I see Rautins coaching the DMNT team, is that still the "A" NT just missing a few stars? I don't know many Canadian players, but Denham Brown used to play for UConn many years ago, I don't think he should still be considered a "development player".

I also wonder how strong that Ivory Coast team is, if they have their key players. It'd be nice to find a box score somewhere.

CKR13
07-31-2010, 08:37 AM
Joel Anthony too defy the Odds at World Championships.


TORONTO (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Joel Anthony is aiming to upset the odds at the FIBA World Championship with Canada.

The Canadians are not favoured to advance from Group D, which has paired them with France, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand and defending World champions Spain.

But Anthony is happy to be underrated as the team prepares to head to Turkey.

“We’re really looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong,” Anthony told the Toronto Sun.

“A lot of people don’t see us as a big threat this tournament and that’s fine.

“We’re looking to come in under the radar and do really well. We really believe in what we’re able to do.”

This is an exciting time for Anthony, who, after the World Championship, will return to Miami to get to know new team-mate LeBron James on a Heat squad clearly targeting an NBA title.

“You understand you’re going to have a bullseye on you, a lot of teams are definitely going to look to come at us,” he said.

“That’s fine, as a team we’re definitely going to be prepared for it and looking forward to it.”

Anthony re-signed with Miami this year despite interest from elsewhere, not least the Toronto Raptors.

“There was some interest, but Miami has been a great fit for me with their system and with their organization,” Anthony said.

”I was waiting like everybody else to see what LeBron was going to do ... Obviously once Chris (Bosh) and LeBron signed, it made that decision that much easier. Why wouldn’t I want to come back to a situation like that?”

from FIBA.com (http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/42231/arti.html)

Mindozas
08-06-2010, 10:37 PM
Canada announced (http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=4379) preliminar roster

http://www.ipix.lt/images/49199506.jpg

However, where's English? also, if I remeber correctly, Magloire, Bonner planned to play for NT this summer, but they're also not there. Couldn't find any info regarding these players in article or anywhere else, they'll join later or are out? Maybe someone knows the situation better?

perucho123
08-07-2010, 06:32 AM
Canadá
Nº Jugador POS ALT AÑO Equipo
Carl English Escolta 196 1981 DKV Joventut (ACB)
Joel Anthony Pívot 206 1982 Miami Heat (NBA)
Andy Rautins Alero 198 1986 New York Knicks (NBA)
Jevohn Shepherd Alero 196 1986 Osnabrueck (Alemania)
Denham Brown Alero 198 1983 Barangay Ginebra Kings (Filipinas)
Ryan Bell Escolta 195 1984 Shalke (Alemania)
Devoe Joseph Base 191 1990 Universidad Minnesota (NCAA)
Olu Famutumi Escolta 196 1984 Oyak Renault (Turquía)
Ryan Wright Pívot 206 1980 Oklahoma University (NCAA)
Casey Archibald Pívot 195 1984 Vancouver BC Titants (IBL)
Matthew Bonner Ala-Pívot 208 1980 San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Marc Trasolini Alero 206 1990 Santa Clara Broncos (NCAA)
Jermaine Bucknor Alero 201 1983 Maurienne (Francia)
Kelly Olynyk Alero 211 1991 Gonzaga University (NCAA)
Levon Kendall Pívot 209 1984 Panionios (Grecia)
Jesse Young Pívot 208 1980 Teramo Basket (Italia)
Jermaine Anderson Base 188 1983 Triumph Lyubertsy (Rusia)
Robert Sacre Pívot 213 1989 Universidad de Gonzaga (NCAA)
Jamaal Magloire Ala-pívot 208 1978 Miami Heat (NBA)
Tyler Kepkay Base 183 1987 ETB Wohnbau Essen (Alemania)
Samuel Dalembert Pívot 211 1981 Sacramento Kings (NBA)

España

perucho123
08-07-2010, 06:39 AM
if this is the team then i have to put canada in the quarterfinals! if only nash was on the team the semis.

Mindozas
08-07-2010, 02:57 PM
if this is the team then i have to put canada in the quarterfinals! if only nash was on the team the semis.

This list isn't correct, f.e. Dalembert won't play for sure, cause of behaviour in 2008 Olympics qualies.

Btw found article (http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/a-world-of-difference-surrounds-canadas-national-mens-basketball-team/link/2603/) in which is written that English and another quite important player - J.Young are injured and, as I understood, will miss WC:


Many of those players — the most notable absences this year being a pair of injured veterans in Jesse Young and Carl English — are in the middle of their careers and have still more room to improve, and to improve the reputation of Canada around the world.

If it's true than Canada is heavily weakened and their chances in battle for playoffs spot are quite complicated

rikhardur
08-08-2010, 07:11 PM
The lists published by ACB.com are not the definite ones, are just a predicition considering the latest developments in every roster.

Federoy
08-11-2010, 05:43 AM
CP article from TSN.com highlighting Canada's exhibition win.

http://www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=330176

JGX
08-11-2010, 07:45 PM
Bonner wants to play but his citizenship has not been approved:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/the-red-rocket-waits-for-canada-call/article1667558/

CKR13
08-12-2010, 01:49 AM
Good game for Andy Rautins as he scored 19 points as Canada beat China 86-62.

dreamwalker
08-12-2010, 01:46 PM
August 10, 2010 Vancouver - Canada cruised to an 86-62 victory over China in a warm-up for the FIBA World Championship in Vancouver.

Andy Rautins, son of coach Leo, helped out his dad in a big way with a game-high 19 points, 12 of them coming from three-pointers.

Jevohn Shepherd added 16 and Joel Anthony had eight points and eight rebounds.

Canada dominated throughout, leading 41-16 at half-time and enjoying a 44-25 advantage in rebounding.

"We go deep," Leo Rautins said. "We will continue to go deep to make sure people stay fresh.

"Everybody that I call on, there is a lot of trust. I'm not afraid to put different guys in at different times. The depth is a positive factor for us."

Anthony added: "It felt really good, the way we did it, just playing together," he said. "Defensively we played really well in terms of doing things we wanted to do by taking them out of their sets and being really aggressive and helping each other.
"Offensively, we were able to get some great looks. We weren't rushing things."

Liu Wei led China with 19 points, while Yi Jianlian had 15 points.

China coach Robert Donewald blamed a poor start for his team’s heavy defeat.

"They just took us out of everything we wanted to get into early," he said. "I thought we were a deer in the headlights early.

"In the second half we picked it up and tried to pressure them a little more. We were just too far behind to make any type of move."

dreamwalker
08-17-2010, 06:06 AM
TORONTO - August 12, 2010 - Jermaine Bucknor is proving his worth to the Canadian men's basketball team ahead of the FIBA world championships.

Bucknor scored 15 points as Canada beat France 69-58 in an international exhibition game Thursday.

"Buck can start a game, close a game," said head coach Leo Rautins.

"He's been great. He's one of those guys you can use him at different positions. He's confident with his shot, he'll defend, he'll rebound, he'll play physical and I can sit there and say, 'Be ready, I'm looking at this and I'll come to you."

Denham Brown added 10 points, while Andy Rautins scored nine for the Canadians. Yannick Bokolo replied with 14 points for the French, while Boris Diaw chipped in 12 before a crowd of 2,652 at Air Canada Centre.

Tied 49-49 in the fourth, Aaron Doornekamp nailed a three-pointer to spark a 12-0 Canadian run.

"I thought we started to defend," said Leo Rautins. "The other thing, we had fresh legs, I put the fresh legs in and said, 'Let's finish this game."'

Bucknor, of Toronto, scored 11 of his points in the second half.

The game was the second of three played by the Canadian team in the Jack Donohue International Classic. The tournament is being used to prepare for the world championships, which run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 12 in Turkey.

Canada led 18-11 after the first quarter and 34-31 at the half.

Rautins led Canadian scorers with nine points at the half. Miami Heat centre Joel Anthony had eight.

Canada shot 11-for-31 (35 per cent) from the field in the first half, while France was 12-for-33 (36 per cent).

"That was a pretty tough game tonight, that was a real test," said Diaw said. "Canada played more aggressive than us. . . . I think we've got to respond to players that play physical because that's the way it's going to be in the world championship. Right now we're being too nice."

After a week of training camp at Air Canada Centre, the Canadian team defeated China 86-62 in Vancouver on Tuesday, led by 19 points from Andy Rautins, Leo Rautins' son. Andy Rautins was drafted by the New York Knicks after playing in the NCAA at Syracuse.

Canada, which hasn't played at the world championships since finishing 13th in Indianapolis in 2002, failed to qualify for both the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 world championships in Japan.

Canada qualified for the world championships with a fourth-place finish last year at the America's tournament in Puerto Rico.

Leo Rautins said one of the surprising aspects of the camp was the focus shown by the players, adding the chemistry built from last year has carried over to the preparations this time around.

"We may not be the most talented team but there's a lot of balance," Rautins said. "I trust the guys I put in."

The Canadian team then goes to the Acropolis Eurobank International Tournament in Athens from Aug. 17-19. ... Canada is at the Efes Pilsen World Cup in Ankara, Turkey from Aug. 21-23 in a final stop before the world championships.

dreamwalker
08-17-2010, 06:08 AM
Canada Basketball: August 16, 2010 TORONTO - The Canadian Senior Men remained undefeated in the Jack Donohue International Classic (JDIC) as they blew out France 85-63 at the Air Canada Centre on Friday. Andy Rautins (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored 19 points to lead Canada. Toronto natives Jevohn Shepherd and Denham Brown added 12 points and 10 points respectively.

Florent Pietrus paced the French national team with 16 points. Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trailblazers added 11 points and five rebounds.

“We just didn’t play a full game,” Batum said. “[Canada] played hard for 40 minutes and we did not. That is why we lost.”

For the second straight night, following a 69-58 win on Thursday, Canada dominated France. The Canadians led 24-12 after the first quarter and 47-25 at the half on the strength of 14 points from Rautins.

The Canadian team let up in the third quarter when France outscored them 20-13. But Canada regained control in the fourth for a comfortable win.

"The third quarter was a little frustrating," said senior men's head coach Leo Rautins. "We kind of had the same thing against China [an 86-62 win for Canada in Vancouver on Tuesday], the third quarter we came out a little lax. But they found a way to get out of it -- that's the key."

It was the third and final game played by the Canadian team in the JDIC, all wins, as preparation for the world championships in Turkey that run Aug. 28-Sept. 12.

Next stop for the senior men is Athens, Greece, where they play in the Acropolis Eurobank International Tournament from Aug. 17-19.

dreamwalker
08-18-2010, 12:51 PM
CANADA'S SENIOR MEN DROP EXHIBITION GAME TO GREECE
Last Updated: August 17, 2010ATHENS, Greece

The Greek National Team proved to be too much for the Canadian Senior Men as they fell 123-49 on Tuesday in their first exhibition game of the Acropolis Eurobank Tournament in Athens.

Toronto natives Jevohn Shepherd with 12 points and Denham Brown with 10 led the Canadians.

"It was a tough game against a very strong Greece team, after a long day of travel." said Leo Rautins, Head Coach for the Senior Men's National Team.

Joel Anthony (Montreal) of the Miami Heat grabbed a game high eight rebounds while chipping in five points.

The Greeks had six players score in double figures, including Georgios Printezis, whose rights are held by the Toronto Raptors.

Former L.A. Clipper Sofoklis Schortsanitis led Greece with a game high 24 points while Kostas Vasileiadis added 14.

"We have to put this behind us and prepare for Serbia tomorrow night, keeping our focus on being ready for the World Championship," added Rautins.

Canada was down 27-6 after the first quarter and 58-20 at halftime. The hole got deeper in the second half.

Team Canada hopes to put up a better effort when they face Serbia, which edged Slovenia 82-81 in the tournament's other game on Tuesday.

The Canada-Serbia game is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET).

dreamwalker
08-20-2010, 02:01 PM
Basketball Canada - Last Updated: August 19, 2010ATHENS, Greece - The Canadian Senior Men bounced back from Tuesday's loss to Greece with a 62-58 win over the Serbian national team on day two of the Acropolis-Eurobank tournament.

Canada (1-1) went into halftime of Wednesday's game with a 34-27 lead against Serbia, a basketball powerhouse currently ranked fifth in the world, according to the FIBA ranking of 213 nations. Canada then held their opponents to one basket during the next eight minutes to build a 53-29 lead.

Serbia gave the Canadians a scare as they went on a run late in the third and continuing into the final quarter, but the senior men held on to preserve the victory.

“It was a good bounce back for our team to win after yesterday's game,” said senior men's head coach Leo Rautins. “We had our legs back today and played with much more aggression. The results of that intensity showed on the defensive end.

"Denham [Brown] gave us nice lift with his scoring, getting to the basket consistently and being aggressive.”

Toronto native Brown scored a game high 22 points, 17 of which came in the first half. He finished the game shooting 11-of-19 from the floor.

“We showed how tough we are, getting blown out yesterday and coming back to beat a strong Serbian team,” said Brown. “Tonight we showed what our team is all about.”

Guard Jevohn Shepherd, also a Toronto native, reached double figures in scoring for the second straight game as he posted 12 points.

Canada's final game in the Acropolis-Eurobank tournament is against Slovenia. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) Thursday, the last day of the event.

dreamwalker
08-20-2010, 02:04 PM
Basketball Canada - Last Updated: August 19, 2010ATHENS, Greece - Canada's Senior Men's National Team (SMNT) ended the Arcopolis-Eurobank Tournament on Thursday with an 86-71 loss to Slovenia.

"Tonight was a great example of how you need to come focused every night with the right energy level and trust each other on the court," said SMNT head coach Leo Rautins.

Toronto native Jevohn Shepherd led the Canadians with 13 points. Montreal native Joel Anthony added 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Team Canada dug itself into an early hole, trailing the Slovenian squad by seven points at the end of the opening quarter. That lead grew larger in the second half after Slovenia outscored Canada 23-15 in the third quarter.

The Canadians outscored Slovenia 24-20 in the final quarter but it wasn't enough to overcome the big lead.

"Tonight we didn't play a full 40 minutes and didn't match their aggression, which cost us in the end," said Shepherd. "Now we have a few practices and three games left to make the adjustments before heading into the world championship."

Point guard Jaka Lakovic led Slovenia with a game high 19 points while Beno Udrih of the Sacramento Kings added 13 points.

The Canadian Senior Men's National Team now travels to Turkey for the Efes Pilsen Cup Tournament from
Aug. 21-23 in Ankara. Team Canada will face off against Argentina, Turkey and Lebanon in their final preparation for the FIBA World Championship.

"We need to refocus now and use this experience in Greece to help us as we head into the Efes Pilsen Cup and face strong competition," added Rautins. "Our goal is to use these games to prepare our team to peak as the world championship begins on Aug. 28."

Canada's opening match is against Argentina on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET). Game summaries will be posted on www.basketball.ca.

dreamwalker
08-22-2010, 11:42 AM
Canada - Basketball Last Updated: August 21, 2010 ANKARA, Turkey - The Senior Men's National Team got off to a good start but fell to top ranked Argentina 79-64 on Saturday in Canada's opening match of the Efes Pilsen World Cup.

"We did a lot of good things for about 35 minutes versus Argentina," said Leo Rautins, Head Coach of the SMNT. "We just have to finish the game. Our defence has to be our staple and I thought for the most part our "D" was solid. Every pre-world game is an opportunity to improve and come together as a team."

Toronto natives Jevohn Shepherd and Denham Brown were the leading scorers for Team Canada with 13 points and 12 points respectively.

Starting centre Joel Anthony (Montreal) grabbed a game high 12 rebounds while chipping in eight points and two blocks.

Canada led throughout the first half, outscoring Argentina 20-16 in the first quarter and 15-13 in the second. The second half was a different story as the South Americans outscored the SMNT 22-14 in the third to take a two-point lead going into the final quarter.

Argentina closed out Canada in the fourth, outscoring them 28-15. The Argentines face Lebanon on Sunday and conclude their tournament action with a match against host nation Turkey.

Carlos Delfino of the Milwaukee Bucks led everyone in scoring with 26 points and a team high seven rebounds.

Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets added 12 points for Argentina while Andres Nocioni of the Philadephia 76ers had 10.

Canada's next opponent in this exhibition tournament will be Turkey. The game tips off Sunday at 8:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. ET) and game summaries will be posted on www.basketball.ca.

Bury Please
08-22-2010, 08:02 PM
August 1 2010

Spain 84 : 38 Canada


August 17 2010
Greece 123 : 49 Canada


August 22 2010
Turkey 69 Canada 33 in third quarter


Is Canada tanking? or they are this bad?

Bury Please
08-22-2010, 08:03 PM
They have good NBA players tho.Like Joel Anthony.He is respectable player for the miami heat.
Then they got rautins..

wassup with them?

dreamwalker
08-22-2010, 11:07 PM
Canada Basketball - Last Updated: August 22, 2010ANKARA, Turkey - Team Canada lost an exhibition match to host Turkey 84-53 on the second day of the 2010 Efes Pilsen World Cup. Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C) of the Gonzaga Bulldogs was the leading scorer for Canada with nine points in his first start for the Senior Men's National Team.

Robert Sacre (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Olu Famutumi (Toronto, Ont.) each added seven points a piece while Aaron Doornekamp (Odessa, Ont.) grabbed a game high 10 rebounds.

Omer Onan was the leading scorer for Turkey with a game high 17 points. Omer Asik of the Chicago Bulls added 14 points and six rebounds.

Canada faces Lebanon tomorrow in their final match of this exhibition tournament. The game tips off Monday at 7:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. ET) and game summaries will be posted on www.basketball.ca.

dreamwalker
08-22-2010, 11:37 PM
August 1 2010

Spain 84 : 38 Canada


August 17 2010
Greece 123 : 49 Canada


August 22 2010
Turkey 69 Canada 33 in third quarter


Is Canada tanking? or they are this bad?



They have good NBA players tho.Like Joel Anthony.He is respectable player for the miami heat.
Then they got rautins..

wassup with them?

Our goal is to use these games to prepare our team to peak as the world championship begins on Aug. 28 when each game really matters to advance from Group D. We played friendlies against national teams above our current FIBA ranking and we expect losses and learn from that experience and be able to adjust.

It was a tough game against a very strong Greece team, after a long day of travel, we just take it as a good learning experience. It’s been eight long years since Canada’s men’s basketball team has played on the world stage.

So you can be sure that when this year’s version of the squad steps on the court at the world championships in Turkey, the players don’t plan to take a minute of it for granted. There’s obviously a sense of urgency to come out and compete, especially for Canada basketball, it’s been a long time coming for us. It’s definitely proving time for us. Canada is not really a basketball nation but one thing is for sure, we beat some and get some from the world's very best.

It will be interesting to watch our game against Lebanon, don't you agree ? .....:)

daniab
08-23-2010, 02:36 PM
Guys where is Andy Rautins? why isn't he playing in Efes Pilsen?

dreamwalker
08-24-2010, 08:23 AM
Canada Basketball - Last Updated: August 23, 2010ANKARA, Turkey - Canada's Senior Men lost to Lebanon 88-76 despite Olu Famutumi's 20 points as they conluded their European tour in preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The Toronto native was leading scorer in the game and shot 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.) added 12 points while Denham Brown (Toronto) nearly had a triple double as he posted nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes for Canada.

Canada fell behind after the first half however got to within 4 at 61-57 in the third quarter. However a 10-3 Lebanese run restored a double digit lead and Canada could not get back into the game.

The Canadians, who have been battling recent injuries, were without Andy Rautins (Syracuse, NY), Jermaine Bucknor (Edmonton, Alb.) and 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp (Odessa, Ont.) for today's match.

Jackson Vroman led the Lebanese squad with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Matthew Freije and Fadi El Khatib added 16 points and 15 points respectively.

The two countries meet again this weekend when the FIBA 2010 World Championship kicks off on Saturday. Game time is 6:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. ET) and can be watched live on the TSN2 network.

LaNaranjaBasket
08-24-2010, 06:05 PM
Its the official roster known yet?

all_about
08-24-2010, 09:19 PM
Team Canada Official Roster:

Jermaine ANDERSON
Joel ANTHONY
Ryan BELL
Denham BROWN
Jermaine BUCKNOR
Aaron DOORNEKAMP
Olu FAMUTIMI
Levon KENDALL
Kyle LANDRY
Kelly OLYNYK
Andy RAUTINS
Robert SACRE
Jevohn SHEPHERD

Bballforlife
08-25-2010, 11:33 PM
Team Canada Official Roster:

Jermaine ANDERSON
Joel ANTHONY
Ryan BELL
Denham BROWN
Jermaine BUCKNOR
Aaron DOORNEKAMP
Olu FAMUTIMI
Levon KENDALL
Kyle LANDRY
Kelly OLYNYK
Andy RAUTINS
Robert SACRE
Jevohn SHEPHERD

I don't think that's the official roster as each team is only allowed to have 12 players on the FIBA World Championship. (The list above has 13). Also, has anyone heard about Andy Rautins? I heard that he didn't play the last few friendly games because he was injured. So will he play in the World Championship or not?

all_about
08-25-2010, 11:45 PM
I don't think that's the official roster as each team is only allowed to have 12 players on the FIBA World Championship. (The list above has 13). Also, has anyone heard about Andy Rautins? I heard that he didn't play the last few friendly games because he was injured. So will he play in the World Championship or not?

I don't know who will be cut among these 13 players. Canada will submit its 12-man roster on Friday. Andy Rautins has a knee injury. Andy knocked knees with a French player in the final tuneup on home soil and has not practiced or played in any of the six exhibitions since. Coach Rautins is still waiting to see how serious that injury is to Andy.

thespywhozaggedme
08-26-2010, 07:12 AM
Landry's gone, and if Andy is a go, Leo might cut Olu, believe it or not. I'm starting to think Ryan bell has nude photos of Leo in compromising positions; how else can one explain his being on the team? Regardless, this team is severely lacking talent and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they didn't win one game. One a brighter note, it's good to see the young guys from Gonzaga, Rob and Kelly playing well. I'm still shocked that players like Andrew Nicholson, Harouna Mutombo and Hernst Laroche didn't even get camp invites. Oh, well, at least the junior teams are loaded with talent.

thespywhozaggedme
08-27-2010, 09:52 PM
Tyler Kepkay and Kyle Landry were cut from the team.

Bballforlife
08-28-2010, 12:03 AM
Tyler Kepkay and Kyle Landry were cut from the team.


So now we know for sure that Ryan Bell is in possession of some nude pictures of Leo Rautins..

Simonas123
08-28-2010, 11:45 AM
Leo and Andy Rautins spoke about their Lithuanian roots. Check out Leo and Andy Rautins: 'The game against Lithuania will be special' (video) (http://www.lithuaniabasketball.com/news-428.html) at http://www.lithuaniabasketball.com

dreamwalker
08-28-2010, 12:37 PM
Canada - Basketball Last Updated: August 26, 2010IZMIR, Turkey - Canada have endured a tough final couple of weeks of preparations for the FIBA World Championship with injuries to key men giving coach Leo Rautins some hard decisions to make.

Rautins’ son, Andy, has been out of action since knocking knees with a French opponent during Canada’s last home friendly.

Jermaine Bucknor has an ankle problem and Aaron Doornecamp is also hurting after getting banged up in Sunday’s 84-53 drubbing by Turkey in the Efes Pilsen World Cup.

Canada, lost all three of their games in the tournament, also falling to Argentina 79-64 on Saturday and to Lebanon on Monday, 88-76.

“It’s been a grind,’’ Rautins said.

“Playing six games in nine days, including a total of about 24 hours of travel on the off days and practice, and it’s not easy.”

Canada had also hoped to naturalize former Toronto Raptor and Canada homeowner Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs in time for the FIBA World Championship but were unsuccessful.

Bonner could still play for Canada in the future.

Lebanon is the team they face in their Group D opener on Saturday in Izmir, and their three most potent players sent out a loud message to Canada in the Efes Pilsen World Cup clash, with Jackson Vroman scoring 17 points, Matthew Freije 16 and Fadi El Khatib 15.

“We just tried to get through the Lebanon game with no more injuries, gather information and try to get healthy and prepare for our next meeting when it counts,” Rautins said.

Olu Famutimi had 20 points for Canada in that game.

Jermaine Anderson, the Canada point guard who has grown in stature the past couple of seasons, especially with important performances at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico, is trying to remain upbeat.

"So far we have played nine games.

“Unfortunately, there are players in the team who have some injuries. We hope they will recover. We want to work more as a team in the Championship so we are ready when we meet Lebanon again."

dreamwalker
08-28-2010, 12:39 PM
Canada Basjetball : Last Updated: August 27, 2010TORONTO, ON - Canada Basketball unveiled the official roster for the 2010 edition of the “Road Warriors” Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) that will compete at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men from August 28 – September 12 in Turkey.

“I like this group a lot,” said Leo Rautins, Head Coach for the Senior Men’s National Team. “The team chemistry has been very good, and their work ethic and attitude has been extremely positive. The only thing that has been of concern is our health. After a great start to our season, we got hit hard with the injury and sickness bugs but we are trying hard to recover in time for the main event. We have to come out and play with as much energy and cohesion as we can.”

This year’s Road Warriors roster includes eight returnees from 2009 that have helped Canada qualify for the World Championship at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including Canadian NBA stars Joel Anthony (Montreal, Que.) of the Miami Heat and Andy Rautins (Syracuse, NY.) of the New York Knicks.

Among the other national team veterans on this year’s roster are long-time starters, Jermaine Anderson (Toronto, Ont.) and Levon Kendall (Vancouver, B.C.). Returning back to the squad are Denham Brown (Toronto, Ont.) and Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, Ont.), both of whom have lead the team in scoring during various exhibition games this summer. The Road Warriors also feature fresh new faces in Robert Sacre (Vancouver, B.C.) and 19-year old Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.), both former Junior Men’s National Team stars and current members of NCAA’s Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Rautins added, “We have different objectives when you put a team together: One is to put together the best team you can to win; two is to build chemistry and balance positions, and three is to follow our plan for the long-term development of our elite program. To be able to bring two players into the mix like Kelly and Robert, who can be a part of our program for the next 10 years, is a huge asset for Canada Basketball. Seeing them play for the Road Warriors is an inspiration for other young players who dream to play for the senior team.”

The format for the FIBA World Championship is as follows: top four teams from each preliminary round group will advance to the round of 16 and play to advance to the quarter-final round. Games in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals are scheduled to be held from September 8-12 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Canada is assigned to Group D, along with Lebanon, Lithuania, France, New Zealand and Spain.

“In our group we have five tough games,” Rautins commented. “Every game is going to be a grind. As I’ve said going into this, there will be little or no margin of error for our team, and now in light of what has happened, that has become even more of a reality.”

See Team Canada:
TSN2 is the exclusive broadcaster for Team Canada at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Their coverage will feature all Team Canada games along with the playoffs and finals. Coverage begins on Saturday, Aug. 28 with Canada vs. Lebanon at 11:30 a.m. ET live from Turkey.

dreamwalker
08-28-2010, 12:55 PM
Team Canada Official Roster:

Jermaine ANDERSON
Joel ANTHONY
Ryan BELL
Denham BROWN
Jermaine BUCKNOR
Aaron DOORNEKAMP
Olu FAMUTIMI
Levon KENDALL
Kyle LANDRY
Kelly OLYNYK
Andy RAUTINS
Robert SACRE
Jevohn SHEPHERD

Canada (CAN) Road Warriors Official Roster at 2010 FIBA-World Championship in Turkey....

4 Jermaine Anderson G
5 Kelly Olynyk F
6 Ryan Bell G
7 Jermaine Bucknor F
8 Denham Brown G
9 Olu Famutimi F
10 Andy Rautins G
11 Aaron Doornekamp F
12 Robert Sacre C
13 Jevohn Shepherd F
14 Levon Kendall F
15 Joel Anthony C

all_about
08-29-2010, 02:00 AM
Canada (CAN) Road Warriors Official Roster at 2010 FIBA-World Championship in Turkey....

4 Jermaine Anderson G
5 Kelly Olynyk F
6 Ryan Bell G
7 Jermaine Bucknor F
8 Denham Brown G
9 Olu Famutimi F
10 Andy Rautins G
11 Aaron Doornekamp F
12 Robert Sacre C
13 Jevohn Shepherd F
14 Levon Kendall F
15 Joel Anthony C

Ok. This is the updated and official one.

samer_1_2
09-03-2010, 08:20 AM
Ok. This is the updated and official one.

Canadian Team is really good..it shows a stability of playing against all teams.. Canada lost all his games but the margin was low even against France..
Canadian Team is missing big guys under the basket.. They need a big centers.. In that case everything would be changed

Good luck Canada in the WC2015 Spain!!

dreamwalker
09-05-2010, 07:12 AM
Canadian Team is really good..it shows a stability of playing against all teams.. Canada lost all his games but the margin was low even against France..
Canadian Team is missing big guys under the basket.. They need a big centers.. In that case everything would be changed

Good luck Canada in the WC2015 Spain!!

Things are not looking good for the Canadian senior men in Turkey.

Wilting down the stretch in back-to-back games is discouraging for Canadian basketball fans, but the fact is, they just aren’t good enough. A lot of the late woes comes down to being tired because of a lack of depth. There is a lack of depth because most of the bench players should not be playing in a competition of this magnitude. They simply aren’t talented enough.

On the bright side, that should change in the next few years with the brightest class of talent coming up in Canadian history.

Never have so many young Canucks received scholarships from major NCAA powerhouses.

GTA Guards 6-2 Myck Kabongo (Texas next year) and 6-3 Cory Joseph (Texas this fall) are both considered elite prospects.

Brampton big man 6-9 Tristan Thompson (Texas this fall) was once the No. 1 overall prospect for his class and is still considered a future NBAer. Montreal’s 6-9 Khem Birch is getting considerable buzz as 6-9 Kyle Wiltjer, who just commited to one of the biggest schools of them all, Kentucky.

Young 13 year old, 6-6 Andrew Wiggins is one of the most hyped Canadian prospects ever. He consistently excels against players two to three years older than him.

All are capable of stepping in and giving the national team a massive shot in the arm down the line.

There are also players like 6-9 Dwight Powell (Stanford), 6-3 Devoe Joseph (Minnesota), 6-7 Kris Joseph (Syracuse, though he has had issues with the Canadian program), 7-0 Robert Sacre (on the current team), 6-9 Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure), 6-1 Junior Cadougan (Marquette) and high schooler 6-1 Kevin Pangos that can significantly improve the talent level of the team. There are others as well that I am not as familiar with, yet.

And of course, the Bhullar brothers from Toronto are the first tandem of 7-foot brothers who could play together for Canada. Sim is a sophomore listed at 7-4, while his freshman brother Tanveer is listed at 7-2.


However, not all of these guys will make the team or continue to develop into studs. But I firmly believe most of them will make it to Team Canada and be a top 10 team and eventually top 5 in the world within the next four-to-eight years.

dreamwalker
09-05-2010, 07:29 AM
Meet the best 13-year-old basketball player you'll ever see
By Eamonn Brennan

YJ47CuHVFvA



Thirteen-year-old Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the 2014 recruiting class. It's far too early to project where he's going to go to college. Heck, it's probably far too early to even be talking about a 13-year-old basketball player. The whole thing feels weird and exploitative, like when Billy Gillispie had to be told to stop soliciting commitments from 12-year-olds. It's naughty.

But I would be remiss if I didn't at least pass along the video of Master Wiggins -- already 6-feet-6-inches tall -- dunking the basketball with ease. Over and over again. In game situations. At 13 years of age:

Wiggins appears to already have a fine-tuned post game; he's taking drop steps and hitting little baby hooks with both hands. This actually makes sense: Wiggins, a Canadian citizen, is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne, an Olympic track star from Canada. The two met when they were student-athletes at Florida State.

Anyway, he's quite impressive. Unbelievably impressive, actually. I wonder how many times a weekend he has to show tournament organizers his birth certificate.

carlo
09-15-2010, 10:29 PM
....
Never have so many young Canucks received scholarships from major NCAA powerhouses.
....


And Gonzaga Soph Mangisto Arop too! Hope he's recovering well from his serious foot injury... He often starred at junior level in international competitions.

serbianhoops
09-20-2010, 08:52 PM
Canada will become a basketball powerhouse.

thespywhozaggedme
09-22-2010, 10:09 PM
Meet the best 13-year-old basketball player you'll ever see
By Eamonn Brennan

YJ47CuHVFvA



Thirteen-year-old Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the 2014 recruiting class. It's far too early to project where he's going to go to college. Heck, it's probably far too early to even be talking about a 13-year-old basketball player. The whole thing feels weird and exploitative, like when Billy Gillispie had to be told to stop soliciting commitments from 12-year-olds. It's naughty.

But I would be remiss if I didn't at least pass along the video of Master Wiggins -- already 6-feet-6-inches tall -- dunking the basketball with ease. Over and over again. In game situations. At 13 years of age:

Wiggins appears to already have a fine-tuned post game; he's taking drop steps and hitting little baby hooks with both hands. This actually makes sense: Wiggins, a Canadian citizen, is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne, an Olympic track star from Canada. The two met when they were student-athletes at Florida State.

Anyway, he's quite impressive. Unbelievably impressive, actually. I wonder how many times a weekend he has to show tournament organizers his birth certificate.

Wiggins is 15 now.

bobby6
09-23-2010, 10:41 AM
Famutimi is a great player. Good luck for us

canadianhoops88
01-05-2011, 10:27 PM
dont forget about Olu Ashaolu from Louisiana Tech, he is a double double machine!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovF8MiVjN5M

Also another great canadian hoops video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VrN1plMjIQ

thespywhozaggedme
01-07-2011, 06:23 AM
Andrew Nicholson is now 11th in the nation in scoring, averaging 22 and 9 rebs. He's a legit 6'9 and is almost always double teamed. If he's not on the Olympic qualifying team this summer, Leo should be fired. I think a big man rotation of Sacre, Nicholson, Anthony, Olynyk and Tristan Thompson at the 4 and 5 would far and away be the best front court in team Canada history. Kris Joesph has to be on the squad and be the starting sf, I'd also bring in Melvin Ejim, a freshman @ Iowa State who is having a similar rookie year as TT. Also Tyler Murray, a 6'5 sg outta Wagner is averaging 16 ppg and is in the top ten in 3 point shooting. I'll comment on some more players later.

canadianhoops88
01-07-2011, 06:46 AM
Jared Mintz from lafayette is having a great season as well, also the 4 canadians on new mexico state, hernst laroche, christian kabongo, renaldo dixon, and tyrone watson are all having great seasons and also guys like francis cedric martel from richmond is having a great season, and jabs newby from eastern kentucky, bryson johnson from bucknell, dane smith from tennessee martin, diego kapelan from mcneese state,dwayne smith from george washington, dwight powell from stanford, jason calliste from detroit, kurt alexander from drake, kyle johnson from long island, marvell waithe from arkansas, tramar sutherland from arkansas little rock, troy joseph from long island university, yann charles from robert morris, alex johnson from csu bakersfield, also former NCAA guys like ryan wright, pierre marie altidor cespedes, jr patrick, steve sir, henry bekkering, marlo davis, juevol myles, shamar coombs, jemino sobers, tyrone bramble, curtis trotter, andrew parker, there are many guys who deserve a try out with team canada

thespywhozaggedme
01-09-2011, 06:32 AM
Another huge night for Nicholson; 34 points, 7 rebs, 1 assist, 2 steals. I'd think he's gotta be a lock to make the team this summer.

thespywhozaggedme
01-09-2011, 06:38 AM
Jared Mintz from lafayette is having a great season as well, also the 4 canadians on new mexico state, hernst laroche, christian kabongo, renaldo dixon, and tyrone watson are all having great seasons and also guys like francis cedric martel from richmond is having a great season, and jabs newby from eastern kentucky, bryson johnson from bucknell, dane smith from tennessee martin, diego kapelan from mcneese state,dwayne smith from george washington, dwight powell from stanford, jason calliste from detroit, kurt alexander from drake, kyle johnson from long island, marvell waithe from arkansas, tramar sutherland from arkansas little rock, troy joseph from long island university, yann charles from robert morris, alex johnson from csu bakersfield, also former NCAA guys like ryan wright, pierre marie altidor cespedes, jr patrick, steve sir, henry bekkering, marlo davis, juevol myles, shamar coombs, jemino sobers, tyrone bramble, curtis trotter, andrew parker, there are many guys who deserve a try out with team canada

lol, you just listed virtually every Canadian that has played D1 ball in the past few years. Some of those guys are not very good at all. I think Laroche might get a tryout, because Ryan Bells is terrible (I still can't believe that he made the team last year) and if Leo was really ballsy he'd bring up Myck Kabongo and Kevin Pangos.

rikhardur
01-28-2011, 08:38 PM
CAN – Canada’s Anderson on the move

MOSCOW (PBL) – Canada point guard Jermaine Anderson has left BC Triumph in Russia’s PBL.

Triumph are bottom of Russia’s PBL heading into Sunday’s home game against Spartak St Petersburg, one of two teams they have beaten this season in Russia’s top flight.

Anderson was one of the heroes of Canada’s successful 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico when they clinched a spot in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

The coach of Triumph, Lithuanian Valdemaras Chomicius, said on the club’s website: “We wanted Anderson to play the leader role in the team, to organize the game and help the young players to improve.

“Unfortunately, Anderson didn't show a good game the last two months. He looked confused during the practices and games.

“We tried to solve this problem together with Jermaine, but the attempt wasn't successful, so we decided to cut the contract. We hope that Anderson will find his game and will play the high-level game in his new team.”

Anderson scored 16, 12, 18 and 18 points in Triumph’s first four games but then saw his minutes cut substantially.

After his 18-point game, seven-assist game in the team’s upset of Spartak in St Petersburg, he played less than half the contest the next time out against Lokomotiv Kuban and then was on the court for not even a quarter in the last two clashes with Nizhniy Novgorod and Enisey.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/45653/arti.html

CriCri
02-13-2011, 03:01 PM
Canada comes in my city in July for a friendly game in France :)

Do you know who which players will be here for Canada ?

Thanks

JoelJ
02-13-2011, 07:02 PM
Canada comes in my city in July for a friendly game in France :)

Do you know who which players will be here for Canada ?

Thanks

I haven't seen anything about the players to be honest. Didn't even know they were going to France in July until your post. :P

CriCri
02-13-2011, 07:05 PM
I haven't seen anything about the players to be honest. Didn't even know they were going to France in July until your post. :P

They played 2 friendly games in France (26 and 27 July)

Sometimes some players said long time before the campaign if they will play or not that's why I asked :)

I will wait :D

Silver12
03-20-2011, 12:51 AM
Wow, wasn't even aware that there WAS a Canadian National Basketball team!

deve34murffy
04-09-2011, 06:40 AM
Canada are doing progress on their field and team also. Wishing them best of luck

CKR13
05-06-2011, 05:19 AM
First-ever Canadian Basketball Congress to be held in Toronto (http://www.oyetimes.com/sports/basketball/10989-first-ever-canadian-basketball-congress-to-be-held-in-toronto)

CKR13
06-21-2011, 11:02 AM
The Canadian Basketball Federation has announced the return of the Jack Donohue International Classic on which the Senior Men's team will face the Belgian National Team on a two game exhibition series.

Game 1: August 13, 2011 @ Ryerson University in Toronto

Game 2: August 14, 2011 @ McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

CriCri
07-01-2011, 05:21 PM
News from Canadian roster ?

Thanks

thespywhozaggedme
07-04-2011, 02:54 AM
News from Canadian roster ?

Thanks

Unfortunately the two best Canadians; Nash and Dalembert both hate the head coach Leo Rautins. If I had to guess, it may look something like this:

PG: Jermaine Anderson, Corey Joseph, Myck Kabongo
SG: Andy Rautins, Carl English, Denham Brown
SF: Olu Famutimi, Kris Joseph, Jevohn Shepherd
PF: Tristan Thompson, Levon Kendall, Andrew Nicholson
C: Joel Anthony, Rob Sacre, Kelly Olynyk

mvblair
07-04-2011, 02:23 PM
Unfortunately the two best Canadians; Nash and Dalembert both hate the head coach Leo Rautins. If I had to guess, it may look something like this:

PG: Jermaine Anderson, Corey Joseph, Myck Kabongo
SG: Andy Rautins, Carl English, Denham Brown
SF: Olu Famutimi, Kris Joseph, Jevohn Shepherd
PF: Tristan Thompson, Levon Kendall, Andrew Nicholson
C: Joel Anthony, Rob Sacre, Kelly Olynyk Tristan Thompson starting at PF? Do you think he's that good? I'm not so sure. I'm a big Cavs fan, so I hope that's not just wishful thinking. ;)

Remind me why Nash doesn't like Rautins. I seem to remember reading that a few years ago, but I don't remember anything about it. For my money, Nash should "suck it up" and play.

JGX
07-04-2011, 05:07 PM
Remind me why Nash doesn't like Rautins. I seem to remember reading that a few years ago, but I don't remember anything about it. For my money, Nash should "suck it up" and play.

I don't think he has anything personal against Rautins (other than being a bad coach), but he was close with Triano and hasn't played for Canada since they changed coaches.

His NBA career took off after he stopped playing for Canada, so you'd have to say he made a good decision.

It's a mystery why Rautins is still the coach. Maybe they don't have enough money to hire someone else.

thespywhozaggedme
07-05-2011, 06:01 AM
Tristan Thompson starting at PF? Do you think he's that good? I'm not so sure. I'm a big Cavs fan, so I hope that's not just wishful thinking. ;)

Remind me why Nash doesn't like Rautins. I seem to remember reading that a few years ago, but I don't remember anything about it. For my money, Nash should "suck it up" and play.

TT was the # 4 pick in the draft, I hope that he's good enough to start over a Euroleague journeyman and a college senior. lol As for Nash, he was really close to Triano and when Basketball Canada fired him in favor of Rautins, Nash was pissed and pretty much vowed to never play for the team again.

thespywhozaggedme
07-16-2011, 04:32 AM
The training camp roster has just been announced:


http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=5195

This is merely a training camp roster and there are a ton of new names, sadly most of them flat out suck. There are now seven Canadians in the NBA and 2, yes 2, chose to play for their country. You know what that tells me; there's a management problem. What is the point of having Leo as the coach when he's alienating all of the best players? Canada has now become the Clippers of national basketball teams. There are so many terrible players on that list, it's awful; honestly. Not to mention the three best Canadians in the NCAA; Sacre, Kris Joseph and Nichsolson aren't even on the team. What happened to Rob, he played for Canada last year in the Worlds?

On a side note Nemanja Mitrovic is a ridonkulous shooter; poor mans Canadian Jimmer. Of course he most likely won't make the team. Aaron Doornekamp looked terrified last year playing in the worlds, Jeffery Ferguson, yuck. Antwi Atuhane, the guy averaged like 3 ppg at Arizona State before being relegated to the bench, and that was four years ago. Vanderbeken's okay; a poor mans Bargs, a big that hates to bang.

This team sucks. God bless Joel Anthony, he must truly love his country.

ajaxballer
07-16-2011, 11:53 PM
This is a strange training camp roster, lots of unproven players. Brady Heslip has yet to play an NCAA season, he redshirted 2 yrs. I've never heard of Jeffery Ferguson. I think Mitrovic has the potential to be a solid role player for the team but I doubt he makes over the other more experienced guards. I think Tyler Kepkay and Olu Famitimi deserve to be there as does Juan Mendez who has fallen of the National Team's radar the last few years.

In addition I would have liked to have seen some of the following young guys
Andrew Nicholson
Dwight Powell
Olu Ashalou
Tyler Murray
Myck Kabongo

The good news is that Cory Joseph should join the training camp soon
http://blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/ericsmith/2011/07/16/a-big-boost-for-canada/

CKR13
07-17-2011, 05:59 AM
Training Camp: Ryerson University, Toronto
July 15 – 23

European Tour: France, Italy, Czech Republic
July 24 – August 5

Training Camp: Ryerson University, Toronto
August 12 – 20

Tuto Marchand Cup: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
August 24 – 26

FIBA Americas Championship: Mar Del Plata, Argentina
August 30 – September 1

CriCri
07-17-2011, 09:26 AM
http://blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/ericsmith/2011/07/16/a-big-boost-for-canada/

If I understood the article, Anthony will not be in France for friendly games ?

Someone can confirm this, thanks

CKR13
07-25-2011, 10:58 AM
LA Times interview with Leo Rautins (http://www.latimes.com/sports/sns-tsn-acn-loung-column-20110721,0,1456802.story)

tres equis
07-26-2011, 10:19 PM
Why leo rautins is still coaching team canada?:confused: seriously...

ajaxballer
07-30-2011, 07:45 PM
The European tour for team Canada has been a disaster. Canada lost by 62 points to France, lost to them again in a second game and lost 79-72 to Bulgaria. I can't remember a time since I have been following Canadian basketball that we have had such poor results. I think it's really time to fire Leo and go with another coach. The best I can hope for is that Canada can qualify for the additional Olympic qualifying tournament and next year we over haul the team with a new coach.

planaria
07-30-2011, 11:17 PM
Ajax,

You´re right. But I remember that Canada NT was this terrible before the FIBA Americas 2009, but then they just played a competive tournament.

ajaxballer
07-31-2011, 01:30 AM
Under Rautins the team has constantly under performed. In the 2009 FIBA Americas we came 4th which is a respectable finish but far from our potential considering the talent level this country has produced recently. In 2007 we placed 5th which is average but did not get us an invitation to the Olympics. In 2005 we placed 9th which must be our lowest ever showing. I wouldn't say the national team has always been terrible but it has been very average and less competitive than it should be. Under Jay Triano the Canadian National team had much better showings in tournaments.

Maybe one day we can witness this roster

Joel Anthony/ Robert Sacre/ Andrew Nicholson
Tristan Thompson/ Matt Bonner/ Kelly Olynk
Kris Joseph/ Olu Famitimi
Andy Rautins/ Carl English
Steve Nash/ Corey Joseph

For now I can only dream lol

BBallfanJ
07-31-2011, 01:49 AM
I seriously doubt you'll see Nash play for Canada again. He's only got a couple more years until he retires I think.

There are some promising prospects on the horizon:
Dwight Powell (Stanford U) currently ranked 4th on nbadraft.net's 2013 mock
Myck Kabongo (Texas) currently ranked 9th on nbadraft.net's 2012 mock

Others still in high school:
Anthony Bennett
Dyshawn Pierre
Sim Bhullar and more

Things will get better.

thespywhozaggedme
07-31-2011, 04:02 AM
They hit an all time low yesterday by losing to Bulgaria. They played Macedonia today, but I can't find any results. There are now seven Canadians in the NBA, yet only two, Andy Rautins and Joel Anthony are playing for the team. Players hate Leo Rautins, he's gotta go.

Mindozas
07-31-2011, 06:55 AM
They hit an all time low yesterday by losing to Bulgaria. They played Macedonia today, but I can't find any results. There are now seven Canadians in the NBA, yet only two, Leo Rautins and Joel Anthony are playing for the team. Players hate Leo Rautins, he's gotta go.

Macedonia won 72-65 (15-17, 16-21, 14-8, 27-19)

thespywhozaggedme
07-31-2011, 08:07 AM
Macedonia won 72-65 (15-17, 16-21, 14-8, 27-19)

Are you serious? Do you have a link? I went to the Macedonian Basketball website and it wasn't there. If this is true, this is an utter disgrace.

Mindozas
07-31-2011, 10:34 AM
Are you serious? Do you have a link? I went to the Macedonian Basketball website and it wasn't there. If this is true, this is an utter disgrace.

Here you go

http://www.eurobasket.com/FYR-Macedonia/basketball.asp?NewsID=235670

CriCri
07-31-2011, 11:19 AM
I was in Toulouse for the 2nd game against France, I saw a nice Canada national team with a big Rautins (18 points) and I can't understand they lost against Bulgaria and Macedonia :confused:

thespywhozaggedme
07-31-2011, 06:20 PM
Here you go

http://www.eurobasket.com/FYR-Macedonia/basketball.asp?NewsID=235670

Thank you

thespywhozaggedme
07-31-2011, 06:22 PM
I was in Toulouse for the 2nd game against France, I saw a nice Canada national team with a big Rautins (18 points) and I can't understand they lost against Bulgaria and Macedonia :confused:

Canada also lost to Finland before going 0-6 in last years WC's. Leo Rautins is now 0-13 over his last 13 games. Why he still has a job is beyond belief.

thespywhozaggedme
08-04-2011, 03:51 AM
Anybody got a score for the Canada/Czech game? Can't find it anywhere. Thanks

thespywhozaggedme
08-04-2011, 04:48 AM
Anybody got a score for the Canada/Czech game? Can't find it anywhere. Thanks

Never mind, found it. Canada won in overtime.

http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/canada-snaps-losing-streak-with-89-83-ot-victory-over-czech-republic/

BBallfanJ
08-10-2011, 06:04 PM
San Antonio draft pick Corey Joseph has officially joined team Canada and will play in the Tournament of Americas.

ajaxballer
08-10-2011, 10:11 PM
Newcomer Alex Hartman is also joining the team. I assume he is this player
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serbianhoops
08-11-2011, 01:19 AM
Never mind, found it. Canada won in overtime.

http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/canada-snaps-losing-streak-with-89-83-ot-victory-over-czech-republic/

against a weak Cezch team without ACB talents Jelinek (Joventut), Satoransky (Sevilla) and NBA draftee Jan Vesely (Partizan).

CKR13
08-11-2011, 03:58 AM
Cory Joseph joins the National Squad (http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/nba/article/1037414--spurs-draft-pick-cory-joseph-joins-canadian-hoops-squad)

Silvio
08-15-2011, 10:08 PM
Canada European tour 1-5 W-L

7/26/2011 lost at France 44-106
http://www.ffbb.com/edf/pdf/27072011002929-FRANCE_CANADA_PAU.pdf

7/27/2011 lost at France 69-86
http://www.ffbb.com/edf/pdf/27072011230026-FRANCE_CANADA_TOULOUSE.pdf

7/29/2011 lost to Bulgaria (at Italy) 72-79
Bulgaria w/o their American Rowland
http://www.basketfollia.it/GIANATTI2011/statistiche.asp?file=stat70001.asp

7/30/2011 lost to Macedonia (at Italy) 65-72
Macedonia w/o Antic, Gecevski and their American McCalebb - those are their 3 best players
http://www.basketfollia.it/GIANATTI2011/statistiche.asp?file=stat70004.asp

8/3/2011 won at Czech Republic in overtime 83-89 (71-71)
http://www.cbf.cz/files/36557Mzk.jpg

8/4/2011 lost at Czech Republic 68-81
http://www.cbf.cz/files/36630YTV.jpg
For both games Czechs were without best players Vesely, Welsch and Satoransky. Also without regulars Benda, Pumprla, Jelinek and Sokolovsky.


Canadians are joke. Except for France, those are not strong teams and they all were without some important players. Coach Rautins is really a joke. Only his good side is that he rotates many players, so in crazy-schedule FIBA tournaments, his players are fresh in later phases of tournaments when other teams are tired. But I am sure he does it unintentionally = he does those insane rotations for some other reasons.
Canada won luckily over Dominicans 2 years ago because Cisco Garcia was injured, that Canadian 4th place is actually fluke.

tres equis
08-16-2011, 01:24 AM
Where is carl english and joel anthony?,are they going to play for team canada? :confused:

thespywhozaggedme
08-16-2011, 06:30 AM
Where is carl english and joel anthony?,are they going to play for team canada? :confused:

They joined the team this past Friday along with the Spurs first round pick in this years draft Corey Joseph. They played two games against Belgium this past weekend and won both games. Here's a recap:

http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=5335

thespywhozaggedme
08-16-2011, 06:35 AM
There are now seven Canadians in the NBA, but only one, Andy Rautins played for the team on their European trip, so Canada was missing their best players as well. But yeah, Leo Rautins still should be fired



Canada European tour 1-5 W-L

7/26/2011 lost at France 44-106
http://www.ffbb.com/edf/pdf/27072011002929-FRANCE_CANADA_PAU.pdf

7/27/2011 lost at France 69-86
http://www.ffbb.com/edf/pdf/27072011230026-FRANCE_CANADA_TOULOUSE.pdf

7/29/2011 lost to Bulgaria (at Italy) 72-79
Bulgaria w/o their American Rowland
http://www.basketfollia.it/GIANATTI2011/statistiche.asp?file=stat70001.asp

7/30/2011 lost to Macedonia (at Italy) 65-72
Macedonia w/o Antic, Gecevski and their American McCalebb - those are their 3 best players
http://www.basketfollia.it/GIANATTI2011/statistiche.asp?file=stat70004.asp

8/3/2011 won at Czech Republic in overtime 83-89 (71-71)
http://www.cbf.cz/files/36557Mzk.jpg

8/4/2011 lost at Czech Republic 68-81
http://www.cbf.cz/files/36630YTV.jpg
For both games Czechs were without best players Vesely, Welsch and Satoransky. Also without regulars Benda, Pumprla, Jelinek and Sokolovsky.


Canadians are joke. Except for France, those are not strong teams and they all were without some important players. Coach Rautins is really a joke. Only his good side is that he rotates many players, so in crazy-schedule FIBA tournaments, his players are fresh in later phases of tournaments when other teams are tired. But I am sure he does it unintentionally = he does those insane rotations for some other reasons.
Canada won luckily over Dominicans 2 years ago because Cisco Garcia was injured, that Canadian 4th place is actually fluke.

Silvio
08-16-2011, 11:39 AM
There are now seven Canadians in the NBA, but only one, Andy Rautins played for the team on their European trip, so Canada was missing their best players as well. But yeah, Leo Rautins still should be fired

Yeah, 7 but best two, Nash and Dalembert. recently never play. Dalembert was at preparations few (2 ?) years ago, but left abruptly, get in a feud with someone - if it's Rautins, that's another reason to fire him.

Andy Rautins Jr is in NBA only because Rautins Sr has connections in NBA. D'Antoni can't release him, but gives him 0.01 minutes per game.

To good news:
Joel Anthony is nice defensive player, I remember last summer he forced all French centers out of paint (though France was sans Noah) . Problem is he can't hit ocean, offense plays 4-on-5 when he's in.

Alex English actually played for Croatian team Zadar 5 years ago. Still remembered and respected down here.

Canadian future is bright: Besides Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph that are already NBA drafted - Kyle Wiltjer, Myck Kabong, Sim Bhullar, Kevin Pangos, Andrew Wiggins.
Canada will have great team for next Olympics qualifier in 4 years, combining some veterans with those youngsters. Provided they'll be dedicated to playing for NT after turning pro. For example, Tristan Trevor James Thompson did not want to join team this summer.

thespywhozaggedme
08-16-2011, 05:18 PM
lol, why would the Knicks care that Andy Rautins father is Leo Rautins? George Karl is way more important and relevant than Leo Stinkin Rautins, and Karl's son Coby couldn't stick in the NBA. You're theory is waaaaay to conspiratorial. Andy Rautins us an end if the bench NBA player but your theory is just dumb.




Yeah, 7 but best two, Nash and Dalembert. recently never play. Dalembert was at preparations few (2 ?) years ago, but left abruptly, get in a feud with someone - if it's Rautins, that's another reason to fire him.

Andy Rautins Jr is in NBA only because Rautins Sr has connections in NBA. D'Antoni can't release him, but gives him 0.01 minutes per game.

To good news:
Joel Anthony is nice defensive player, I remember last summer he forced all French centers out of paint (though France was sans Noah) . Problem is he can't hit ocean, offense plays 4-on-5 when he's in.

Alex English actually played for Croatian team Zadar 5 years ago. Still remembered and respected down here.

Canadian future is bright: Besides Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph that are already NBA drafted - Kyle Wiltjer, Myck Kabong, Sim Bhullar, Kevin Pangos, Andrew Wiggins.
Canada will have great team for next Olympics qualifier in 4 years, combining some veterans with those youngsters. Provided they'll be dedicated to playing for NT after turning pro. For example, Tristan Trevor James Thompson did not want to join team this summer.

Silvio
08-24-2011, 02:39 PM
Canada trims roster to 14
http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=5362
http://www.mardelplata2011.com/en/noticiasread4.asp?r=9752E9D65F2744E480FBD7903C79C1 8C

This is 14-men roster for Tuto Marchand Cup (2 more to cut for FIBA Americas Championship)


Name Position Ht Hometown School/Club (2010/11)
Jermaine Anderson Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON Panionios (Greece)
Joel Anthony Centre 6’9 Montreal, QC Miami (NBA)
Denham Brown Guard 6’5 Toronto, ON Dnipro (Ukraine)
Murphy Burnatowski Forward 6’6 Waterloo, ON University of Maine (NCAA)
Aaron Doornekamp Forward 6’7 Odessa, ON Caserta (Italy)
Carl English Guard 6’5 Paradise, NL DKV Joventut (Spain)
Jeff Ferguson Forward 6’11 Toronto, ON Edmonton (IBL)
Alex Hartman Forward 6’7 Portland, OR Vancouver (Washington) (IBL)
Cory Joseph Guard 6’3 Pickering, ON University of Texas (NCAA)
Levon Kendall Forward 6’10 Vancouver, BC Obradorio (Spain)
Kelly Olynyk Forward 6’11 Kamloops, BC Gonzaga University (NCAA)
Andy Rautins Guard 6’5 New York, NY New York (NBA)
Jevohn Shepherd Forward 6’6 Toronto, ON Frankfurt (Germany)
Jesse Young Forward 6’10 Peterborough, ON Banca Tercas (Italy)



Canada schedule this summer
http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=296&id=5104
Nice design. They call some games "Phase 1", because only after European tour Carl English, Joel Anthony and Cory Joseph joined team - thus making it "real A team".

It seems only Brady Heslip from Baylor University was cut now. While Jamie Vanderbeken, Nemanja Mitrovic and Mangisto Arop were cut after Phase 1 (3 players out, 3 in).

thespywhozaggedme
08-24-2011, 11:14 PM
Canada trims roster to 14
http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=5362
http://www.mardelplata2011.com/en/noticiasread4.asp?r=9752E9D65F2744E480FBD7903C79C1 8C

This is 14-men roster for Tuto Marchand Cup (2 more to cut for FIBA Americas Championship)


Name Position Ht Hometown School/Club (2010/11)
Jermaine Anderson Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON Panionios (Greece)
Joel Anthony Centre 6’9 Montreal, QC Miami (NBA)
Denham Brown Guard 6’5 Toronto, ON Dnipro (Ukraine)
Murphy Burnatowski Forward 6’6 Waterloo, ON University of Maine (NCAA)
Aaron Doornekamp Forward 6’7 Odessa, ON Caserta (Italy)
Carl English Guard 6’5 Paradise, NL DKV Joventut (Spain)
Jeff Ferguson Forward 6’11 Toronto, ON Edmonton (IBL)
Alex Hartman Forward 6’7 Portland, OR Vancouver (Washington) (IBL)
Cory Joseph Guard 6’3 Pickering, ON University of Texas (NCAA)
Levon Kendall Forward 6’10 Vancouver, BC Obradorio (Spain)
Kelly Olynyk Forward 6’11 Kamloops, BC Gonzaga University (NCAA)
Andy Rautins Guard 6’5 New York, NY New York (NBA)
Jevohn Shepherd Forward 6’6 Toronto, ON Frankfurt (Germany)
Jesse Young Forward 6’10 Peterborough, ON Banca Tercas (Italy)



Canada schedule this summer
http://basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=296&id=5104
Nice design. They call some games "Phase 1", because only after European tour Alex English, Joel Anthony and Cory Joseph joined team - thus making it "real A team".

It seems only Brady Heslip from Baylor University was cut now. While Jamie Vanderbeken, Nemanja Mitrovic and Mangisto Arop were cut after Phase 1 (3 players out, 3 in).

Carl English :)

Silvio
08-24-2011, 11:42 PM
Carl English :)

Corrected.

Thanks.

Hepcat
08-30-2011, 07:15 PM
Time to play ball! Let's get it on!

:cool:

tres equis
09-07-2011, 06:04 PM
Nash said that if he knew the lockout would delay the start of the season, then he could have played for Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament in Argentina this month, which serves as a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics. Ironically, as Nash was holding court in Vancouver, the Canadians were in the middle of losing an important game to Puerto Rico in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Nash hasn’t played for Canada since 2004, saying that the demands of the NBA season make it too difficult to commit to the national team in the summer.

“It’s a shame that now we have a lockout, and potentially, I could’ve played,” he said. “But I didn’t know if the lockout was going to go on this long, I didn’t know how fit I would’ve been at that stage. … It just wasn’t feasible.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/steve-nash-gets-a-kick-out-of-free-time-from-nba/article2155893/

What do you guys think about that?

saalsapr
09-07-2011, 08:00 PM
I still dont get why Nash hasnt played for Canada since 2004. I mean its not like he has made the playoffs recently.:D

Or is it a thing with the Canadian basketball federation?

cadeceus
09-07-2011, 08:04 PM
But we still don't know that there will be a delay in the NBA. They haven't postponed training camps yet.

I don't know what to make of that quote. I still don't think he'll play for Canada again. The only circumstance I could see it happening would be if Canada makes it to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the NBA season is cancelled.

With Nash they would have had a good chance at finishing second in this tournament and qualifying for the Olympics. They'd finish no worse than fourth in Mar Del Plata if he was playing.

Hepcat
09-07-2011, 09:19 PM
It's a pity for both Canada and Steve Nash that he elected not to play. This tournament likely is the only basketball he would have gotten to play before Xmas.

:(

CKR13
09-09-2011, 05:28 AM
It's a pity for both Canada and Steve Nash that he elected not to play. This tournament likely is the only basketball he would have gotten to play before Xmas.

:(

An article that mirrors our sentiments. Also, add Tristan Thompson there too.

Nash shouldn't get pass for snubbing national team (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Nash+shouldn+pass+snubbing+national+team/5373270/story.html)

CKR13
09-09-2011, 06:51 AM
Canada's National Team Head Coach Leo Rautins have officially resigned.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Rautins+steps+down+national+basketball+coach/5372391/story.html

Mindozas
09-09-2011, 09:16 AM
Canada's National Team Head Coach Leo Rautins have officially resigned.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Rautins+steps+down+national+basketball+coach/5372391/story.html

How low Canada should have go for this to happen... But better late than never. Probably I must say - congrats Canadian bball :cool:

Khalid80
09-09-2011, 04:22 PM
Canada's National Team Head Coach Leo Rautins have officially resigned.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Rautins+steps+down+national+basketball+coach/5372391/story.html

Finally!
That's like the best news ever for the Canadian NT and Canadian basketball :D. Good riddance!

Mojado
09-09-2011, 04:37 PM
I still dont get why Nash hasnt played for Canada since 2004. I mean its not like he has made the playoffs recently.:D

Or is it a thing with the Canadian basketball federation?

Okay, from what I've heard, Nash and others refuse to play because they got issues with the guys running the federation and also with Rautins.

Juan Mendez? Prosper Karangwa? Sam Dalambert? All gone.
http://thestartingfive.net/2008/07/24/samuel-dalembert-speaks-out-on-his-dismissal-from-the-canadian-national-team/

Ciscorlie Horford
09-09-2011, 08:49 PM
Menedez should have never played for canada in the first place:mad::D:D :D

GustavoGanso
09-09-2011, 10:52 PM
Canada's National Team Head Coach Leo Rautins have officially resigned.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Rautins+steps+down+national+basketball+coach/5372391/story.html

Great news

and Cintrón is available... if Canada wants.... ;)

















:D

JGX
09-10-2011, 02:57 AM
Nash on Triano's firing, from 2004:


CLEVELAND—In their search for a new coach, the folks who run Canada’s national men’s basketball team have been calling Steve Nash for advice.

Nash, the finest player ever to don the maple leaf, says he knows the perfect candidate — which is why he’s too angry to return Canada Basketball’s many calls. “My input is, ‘Hire Jay,’ ” said Nash, laughing a frustrated laugh.

Jay, of course — Jay Triano — was fired from the job last month after a six-year run at the helm. The brain trust said Triano, who’s in his third year as an assistant coach with the Raptors, wasn’t sufficiently committed to the cause.

Nash, who’d been publicly mum on the topic until he spoke Wednesday night, scoffed at the logic and suggested this country’s basketball brain trust needs a brain transplant.

“They questioned his commitment? That’s bulls---,” said Nash. “(Triano’s firing) is asinine. It’s horrendous . . . I never say never, but I doubt if I’ll ever play for Canada again.”

...

“Maybe when I cool down,” he said, when asked if he planned on calling Canada Basketball to discuss the situation. “But I don’t know what there is to say. The program has been a comedy of errors and given Jay so much grief over the years.”



http://www.thestar.com/article/182917

They hired a television announcer as the new coach, Nash's NBA career took off (he was a good player with Dallas, but became a superstar in Phoenix), and he decided he had better things to do with his summers.

TBH he seems like the sort of guy who enjoys a clean break from the game during the offseason. You don't see him showing up at summer leagues in LA. More likely to be playing soccer in New York.

BBallfanJ
09-11-2011, 04:51 PM
Here's what I think Canada's problem is. We're not thinking outside the box. Other countries have hired coaches from outside their borders, ex: Del Harris in China. We should hire a coach who has considerable experience either in the NBA or in Europe. Here's a name I'll just throw out there - Greg Popovich. The Spurs coach is a proven winner and he has experience coaching international players. Also, Canadian NT member Cory Joseph just happens to be one of his new players for the Spurs. Just an idea.
I can't remember if Pop has already coached team USA and if that would make him ineligible. If not Pop maybe someone like Mike D'Antoni would work.

cadeceus
09-15-2011, 09:18 PM
There was no way Nash was going to play.


Nash said injury would have kept him from playing even if he wanted to.

"I didn't even really know going into the summer it was an Olympic qualifying year," Nash said. "It just wasn't on my radar because I retired so long ago. If I would have known we weren't going back to work until December, and if I was healthy and Canada Basketball came to me and said, 'Would you consider playing this summer?' I would have considered playing. But I'm not healthy. I didn't know how the lockout would go. I retired seven years ago. So it wasn't necessarily up for debate."

Hepcat
09-15-2011, 10:14 PM
Here's what I think Canada's problem is. We're not thinking outside the box. Other countries have hired coaches from outside their borders, ex: Del Harris in China.

How about Jonas Kazlauskas then?

:confused:

rikhardur
01-16-2012, 11:01 PM
CAN - Joseph willing to 'stick his nose in'

SAN ANTONIO (NBA) - The San Antonio Spurs have a very good track record when it comes to identifying talented players from abroad.

There have been France's Tony Parker, Argentina's Manu Ginobili and Brazil's Tiago Splitter, all members of the current squad.

San Antonio also drafted Luis Scola when he was still a player in Europe but never managed to get the Argentinian in a Spurs uniform because of his contract with Baskonia in Spain.

The Spurs ultimately sent his rights to Houston in a trade, and the Rockets were able to bring Scola to the NBA.

The latest non-U.S. player to cause a stir with the Spurs comes from north of the border.

He is young Canadian point guard Cory Joseph.

San Antonio had ample opportunity to watch Joseph last year because he was a freshman with the Texas Longhorns.

On Sunday, Joseph, who decided to turn pro instead of going back for his sophomore campaign, played 13 minutes for San Antonio in their 102-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Joseph had a couple of steals against the Suns, whose most famous player is Canadian superstar Steve Nash.

"He's a young, energetic player who is willing to stick his nose in," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, when asked why he'd used the 1.91m playmaker as much as he did against Phoenix

"For a sophomore in college (he said jokingly), I think he's pretty special."

Joseph, just 20 years old, had only played three and two minutes, respectively, in the Spurs' previous two games.

San Antonio's Richard Jefferson has been in the league a long time and he says the key for Joseph is to play defense.

"I think tonight was one of the first times he was able to get up and play defense and know how to control the offense," Jefferson said.

"He was able to direct the plays, kind of break the offense in and do the right thing.

"For him it's going to be key to continue playing defense, but he's quick, he's young, he's got a lot of energy, and he's going to use that to his advantage. "

Joseph competed for Canada at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Mar Del Plata.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/50346/arti.html

CKR13
03-06-2012, 03:21 AM
Jay Triano is a strong candidate to be the national team head coach.

Courtside: Triano next Capt. Canada? (http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/05/courtside-triano-next-capt-canada)

BBallfanJ
03-06-2012, 03:41 PM
Team Canada should never have let him go in the first place. It would be great to have him back coaching our national team.

CKR13
03-07-2012, 12:41 AM
Steve Nash could be involved with the national team not within a playing capacity, but more of a director.

Steve Nash to be tapped as ‘overseer’ of Canada’s men’s basketball team (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Steve+Nash+tapped+overseer+Canada+basketball+team/6260698/story.html)

CKR13
03-08-2012, 04:00 AM
Canada Basketball has Triano and Nash in its sights following Olympics

TORONTO Canada Basketball is looking to reload after the 2012 London Olympics, and have both Jay Triano and Steve Nash in their sights.

Triano could step back into his former role as Canada’s men’s head coach, while Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player with the Phoenix Suns, is being tabbed for an executive director role.

Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball’s president and CEO, said he’s spoken with Triano and Nash on numerous occasions, and has had his eye on the two playing key roles within the national organization.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of different folks including Jay and including Steve, and obviously everything has to fit perfectly,” Parrish said.

The men’s team has been without a head coach since Leo Rautins resigned in September following the team’s disappointing performance at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament.

Parrish said, however, that there has been no rush to name a new coach as the team has no FIBA competition until world qualifying in the summer of 2013.

Canada’s men’s team hasn’t played at the Olympics since 2000, when Nash — and Triano as coach — led the team to a seventh-place finish.

Triano is committed to USA Basketball through the 2012 Olympics, with whom he’s an assistant coach.

Parrish said Canada Basketball was currently reviewing a complete restructure of the program, with an eye on identifying and nurturing young players from age 14 and up. He also said the goal was to create a full-time position — Rautins and Triano both had other jobs when they coached Canada.

“The biggest challenge has been the tiny manpower resources to connect with young players,” Parrish said.

Both Triano and the 38-year-old Nash are currently members of Canada Basketball’s Council of Excellence.

The 53-year-old Triano coached the Canadian team for seven years, and was head coach of the Toronto Raptors for almost three seasons.

-TheSpec (http://www.thespec.com/sports/article/683352--canada-basketball-has-triano-and-nash-in-their-sights-following-olympics)

Canadian basketball looks promising in the coming years. To start, the next generation and the leadership in personnel tapped are bright signs.

CKR13
03-29-2012, 07:16 AM
Canadian hoopsters need to step up

This year’s NCAA tournament has been a global showcase for Canadian talent. Baylor’s Brady Heslip draining threes, Marquette’s Junior Cadougan running the point and Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre controlling the paint. But as a country how close are we to winning on the international stage?

Canada did not qualify for the 2004, 2008 or 2012 Summer Olympics and the program is currently without a head coach. But our country is starting to peak, talent wise we are bursting with more skill than we have seen since the early 80s.

“We are on the cusp of something that has the potential to be quite phenomenal, this is something that has been building for a number of years,” said Canada Basketball’s president and CEO Wayne Parrish.

Canada Basketball has set the goal for the 2016 Olympics as not just a reappearing act in the world’s biggest basketball tournament but to be standing on the podium at the end of the competition.

There are a lot of steps between now and then. First, there needs to be a new coach appointed as head of the national team. That person is widely rumoured to be former Canadian coach and former Raptors coach Jay Triano although any announcement about his involvement won’t come until he has completed his commitment with USA Basketball. Steve Nash is also expected to step into a leadership role similar to the one Wayne Gretzky assumed for Team Canada in the 2002 Games.

“It is difficult to say now what role Steve will play. It has always been our ambition that Steve would play a more prominent role,” said Parrish. “It would be wonderful to think that we could come together.”

There are very few basketball players that have bled red and white like Nash. One of them is Canadian basketball legend Leo Rautins. The former national team head coach, who no longer has official ties with Canada Basketball after resigning last year, agrees Canada has a lot of talent. But he says Canada is a long way from success on the podium unless significant changes are made to the national program.

“You have to hear players saying, ‘I want to go to the Olympics.’ If they begin to say this then we have a chance, if it doesn’t happen we don’t have a chance (to win any medals),” said Rautins.

And right now we aren’t hearing those Canadians stepping up to say ‘I want to play for Canada in the Olympics.’ According to Rautins, for Canada to win a medal in the 2016 Olympics it will take the elite group of players to step up now and not in 2015. According to the former pro they need to start developing together and playing in international competitions. The U.S. team that will compete in this summer’s Olympics is a roster full of NBA all-stars. Currently there are barely enough Canadians on NBA rosters to make up a starting lineup.

“There is a lot more than talent needed to win a medal. You aren’t going to win without talent and there is enough talent in Canada to compete. But if the talented players don’t have experience at the highest competitive level you are not going to win,” added Rautins. “Without playing you aren’t going to win. We aren’t the U.S., we don’t have 12 NBA all-stars. They put the best in the NBA together for three years and barely survived against Spain (in the 2008 Olympics).”

The expectations of fans in Canada are also out of whack. Many basketball fans in this country feel NBA players wearing the red and white is the recipe for instant success. What is lacking in this country is the understanding that international experience and depth play a bigger role than just suiting up in the NBA.

“No other country would do that, take a player with very little experience because you are in the NBA and claim we are going to win now,” Rautins explained, using the example of first round draft pick Cory Joseph and his role in Olympic qualifiers last year. “I think our basketball community needs to get more educated on what makes it a successful program.”

What helps make a program successful is money. According to Rautins the top teams from the Americas get between $2 and $5 million for their national men’s teams. The Canadian program gets $1.6 million, for all 10 teams.

“The team sport system (in Canada) is at times laughable. There is no understanding of success of team sport in this country. There is too little appreciation of the importance of funding. Basketball may be one of the most popular sports in the country from a participation perspective but where is the funding that reflects it?”

Parrish acknowledges the issue is a chicken and egg conundrum. The team needs to do well to get Own the Podium money, but to do well they need money now.

The first competitive games for the next crop of young Canadian basketball players will be in the summer of 2013. Borrowing an idea from Rautins, a start may be suiting up a competitive team in 2012 that would play exhibition games against the best national teams in the world.

The countries getting ready for London will be looking for competition and Canada’s best players not in the NBA could put together a competitive team.

But to get to that point it would require two things: the players stepping up to play and the money from both private and public sources. Only if these things happen will Canada make a name for itself again on the world’s top basketball courts.

-London Free Press (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2012/03/28/19562801.html)

CKR13
03-31-2012, 02:14 AM
Another fun editorial and this time from the Sadbury Star.

Canada hoops talent at fore (http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3519291)

CKR13
04-02-2012, 08:48 AM
Kyle Wiltjer of the Kentucky Wildcats is another up and coming talent for Canadian basketball.

Kentucky's Wiltjer part of promising hoops future for Canada (http://www.canada.com/sports/basketball/Kentucky+Wiltjer+part+promising+hoops+future+Canad a/6392524/story.html)

CKR13
04-02-2012, 10:25 AM
The Nike Hoops Summit have Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the World Select Roster. I am looking forward to seeing both play and how they will do against the USA selection.

CKR13
05-09-2012, 12:32 AM
Steve Nash is back in the fold of Canadian Basketball.

Steve Nash to become Canada GM (http://espn.go.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/7904743/steve-nash-phoenix-suns-become-gm-canada-basketball)

CKR13
05-10-2012, 09:54 AM
http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptcablogs/Eight-team-NBA-all-star-Steve-Nash-in-Toronto-on-Tuesday-Chris-Young-The-Canadian-Press.jpg

http://www.canada.com/6588895.bin

BBallfanJ
08-23-2012, 04:25 PM
Jay Triano to return as Canada senior men's National Team coach! (http://www.canada.com/sports/Triano+back+national+team+coach/7130462/story.html)

JGX
08-25-2012, 05:04 PM
Canada having a training camp this weekend...the roster is here:
http://www.basketball.ca/canada-basketball-announces-senior-men-s-national-team-camp-and-invited-athletes--p151673

CKR13
08-29-2012, 09:45 AM
Laurentian coach looks to put men's basketball back on map

By the time the 2016 Olympic Summer Games roll around in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, only a dozen Canadian male basketball players will have experienced the thrill of the event over a period covering almost 30 years.

Laurentian Voyageurs head coach Shawn Swords was part of the 2000 team that travelled to Sydney, Australia, finishing seventh. That squad is the only national team that has qualified for competition over the past six Olympiades — a period dating back to the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Over the weekend, Swords was part of an effort to rewrite a more positive basketball legacy in this country. Along with a small handful of teammates from the 2000 team, Swords was in Toronto as Basketball Canada introduced Jay Triano as national team head coach.

Small surprise, as Triano was also the man at the helm a dozen years ago when Canada competed with a roster that included the likes of Steve Nash, Rowan Barrett, Greg Francis and Todd MacCulloch.

When it comes to outlining the message he wants to share with those players hoping to crack the top 12 in the World in 2016, Swords speaks from experience.

"No matter what the talent, you have to be willing to sacrifice for the team," he said between sessions of a training camp that was staged, Aug. 24 to 28, at the Air Canada Centre.

Ironically, Swords is far more confident in the ability of the current crop of rising hard court stars to tackle this challenge than was the case at the turn of the millennium.

"The talent level in Canada is ridiculous right now," he said. "There is no doubt at all we have the talent to be there."

That said, Swords acknowledged that there is some work ahead in terms of restoring the attraction of participation in a national team program that last medaled at the Olympic Games in 1936.

"We have to get the players invested in each other and invested in the program," he said.

Still, with a current training camp roster that features NBA and NCAA stars Joel Anthony, Tristan Thompson, Myck Kabongo and Cory Joseph, and with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash installed as general manager, there is a sense of optimism that has been lacking for years.

For coach Swords and others, it's a chance to do whatever they can to help put Canada back on the world map in men's basketball.

-Northern Life Canada (http://www.northernlife.ca/news/sports/2012/08/28-laurentian-shawn-swords-basketball.aspx)

BBallfanJ
09-01-2012, 09:50 PM
I want your projections on who you'd like to see make up team Canada in the 2016 Olympics - we'll just skip 2014 World Cup for the moment.

Mine:
Starters:
F Tristan Thompson
F Anthony Bennett
C Tanveer Bhullar
G Tyler Ennis
G/F Andrew Wiggins

bench:
F Kyle Wiltjer
F Andrew Nicholson
C Robert Sacre
G Myck Kabango
G Kevin Pangos
C Sim Bhullar
G Cory Joseph

Am I missing anyone in particular?

JRS Bonnet
09-01-2012, 11:12 PM
Am I missing anyone in particular?

I kind of like Devoe Joseph (G, 1.93, 1989) ‒ I think he’s Cory’s brother. He will start his pro career playing for BC Khimik Yuzhny (Ukraine), a EuroChallenge team. It will be interesting to follow his evolution.

CKR13
09-06-2012, 12:49 AM
FIBA | CAN - Pangos part of a fresh start (http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/53764/arti.html)

Federoy
09-06-2012, 03:41 AM
I want your projections on who you'd like to see make up team Canada in the 2016 Olympics - we'll just skip 2014 World Cup for the moment.

Mine:
Starters:
F Tristan Thompson
F Anthony Bennett
C Tanveer Bhullar
G Tyler Ennis
G/F Andrew Wiggins

bench:
F Kyle Wiltjer
F Andrew Nicholson
C Robert Sacre
G Myck Kabango
G Kevin Pangos
C Sim Bhullar
G Cory Joseph

Am I missing anyone in particular?

If these players continue to develop professionally, Canada will be a formidable opponent for years to come. By 2016, we could be looking at the greatest Canadian NT ever assembled and a definite medal contender.

JGX
09-06-2012, 10:01 PM
Sounds more like a 2020 roster than 2016.

AlexanderVI
09-26-2012, 09:44 AM
I'm not sure if Tristan wants to play for Canada. I never heard any talks that's he's interested or whatsoever. He wasn't even at that camp a few weeks ago.

BBallfanJ
01-18-2013, 06:55 PM
Yeah, slot Kelly Olynyk in as the starting Center. Olynyk is probably one of the most improved players in college basketball as he's averaging over 18 PPG for Gonzaga. He's now projected as a solid first round NBA pick for 2013 and if he keeps up his strong play, we could be seeing 2 Canadians go in the lottery (Bennett and Olynyk).

CKR13
04-08-2013, 10:35 AM
Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers is looking forward in playing for Canada this summer.


Summer plans:

Thompson said he hopes to represent Canada in FIBA World Championship qualifying this summer.

In a hockey-obsessed nation, Canada rarely gains recognition in basketball, save for Steve Nash. But the Dominion -- and the Greater Toronto Area in particular -- is starting to produce NBA talent. Sunday night’s game featured a pair of Canadians – Thompson and Orlando Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson.

Other countrymen in the league are: Nash, Cory Joseph (San Antonio), Kris Joseph (Brooklyn), Joel Anthony (Miami) and Samuel Dalembert (Milwaukee).

“We’re ready to take the United States by storm,” Thompson said smiling.

The Canadians will be coached by Portland Trail Blazers assistant Jay Triano. The nation failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Venezuela will host the qualifier for North and South American countries from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11. Thompson said as long as the tournament doesn’t conflict with any Cavaliers functions or training he will likely play for his country.

Scott said he would encourage Thompson to participate and believes it would be a good experience for the youngster.

The world championship is set for Spain in 2014.

-Cleveland Plain Dealer (http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2013/04/kyrie_irving_declines_to_discu.html)

dreamwalker
04-19-2013, 04:14 PM
http://youtu.be/zTa-ABd7C-8

CKR13
05-15-2013, 05:11 AM
Bill Self 'cool with' Andrew Wiggins spending summer with Team Canada (http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-05-14/andrew-wiggins-ku-kansas-decision-canada-bill-self-florida-state-fsu-kentucky)

tres equis
05-17-2013, 05:36 AM
Any news on what players are going to represent canada this summer?

thespywhozaggedme
06-04-2013, 06:15 AM
Any news on what players are going to represent canada this summer?

If I had to guess, the "dream team" would be as follows:

PG: Cory Joseph, Kabongo, Pangos
SG: Rautins, English, Devoe Joseph
SF: Wiggins, Kris Joseph, Jevhon Sheppard
PF: Tristan Thompson, Nicholson
C: Olynyk, Sacre

Anthony Bennett is hurt. so he won't play.

PRSURF
06-04-2013, 06:32 PM
Tristan Thompson said that he will play for Jamaica...

Federoy
06-04-2013, 09:43 PM
Tristan Thompson said that he will play for Jamaica...

That's a major coup for Jamaican basketball. With him, Ewing, Jr., Samuels, and Hibbert (if he drops the release request from the JABA), Jamaica's frontline could be quite formidable. Despite the defection, Canada has more than enough depth to not be affected by Thompson's absence.

thespywhozaggedme
06-05-2013, 05:44 PM
Tristan Thompson said that he will play for Jamaica...

He can't since he has represented Canada after the age of 16. Secondly, where did you think you heard that?

tres equis
06-05-2013, 06:22 PM
It would be a dumb move by thompson if he choose jamaica, knowing how good canada is going to be in the future with wiggins, bennett, etc...

JGX
06-05-2013, 06:27 PM
Yeah I'd like to see a source for that.

Here's what he said to the Toronto Sun last week:


Q: What’s the plan where Canada is concerned this summer?

A: “Right now I’m just working on July and June. But I’m definitely talking with team Canada and we’ll figure something out, what’s going on with them. It’s still early, so everything’s still in the works. We will get the dates. I know that the world qualifiers are coming up (FIBA Americas Championship tips Aug. 30-Sept. 11 in Venezuela), so we’ve got to get a piece of that.”

JGX
06-05-2013, 06:46 PM
BTW here's an interview with Triano from last week where he talks about player commitments among other things:
http://pmd.fan590.com/audio_on_demand-3/Jay-Triano-On-Prime-Time-Sports-pt-20130527-Interview.mp3

thespywhozaggedme
06-06-2013, 03:11 AM
It would be a dumb move by thompson if he choose jamaica, knowing how good canada is going to be in the future with wiggins, bennett, etc...

The poster either made it up, or got confused.

greenarcher
07-17-2013, 03:07 AM
If all of Canada's NBA players (with the exception of Dalembert and Nash) will play for them, they're actually a fairly competitive team. Hope all of them joins the NT.

wardjdim
07-22-2013, 10:01 AM
http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/229053/Cory-Joseph-Added-To-Canadas-Roster-For-FIBA-Americas
Corey Joseph just did

What's the actual preliminary squad though?

soulis79
07-22-2013, 02:49 PM
The squad will be announced soon according to the federation site.

tres equis
07-29-2013, 06:51 PM
2013 Senior Men's National Team – Training Camp Attendees


Jermaine Anderson
Joel Anthony
Olu Ashaolu
Junior Cadougan
Aaron Doornekamp
Carl English
Brady Heslip
Cory Joseph
Devoe Joseph
Kris Joseph
Myck Kabongo
Levon Kendall
Kyle Landry
Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Rautins
Philip Scrubb
Jevohn Shepherd
Tristan Thompson

No Sacre,Olynyk,Wiggins,Bennett,Dalembert.

http://www.basketball.ca/senior-men-s-management-announces-camp-attendees-p154760

BBallfanJ
07-29-2013, 07:18 PM
Olynyk and Bennett are nursing injuries. Not sure why Sacre's not there, but I'm glad to see Tristan Thompson and Andrew Nicholson there. I think Wiggins is in the pipeline for 2016 and if Canada qualifies for 2014 World Cup, you'll likely see Bennett and Olynyk in Spain, barring injury.

JGX
08-09-2013, 03:33 AM
Canada beat Jamaica 81-72. They play again on Saturday:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/heslip-keys-canadas-basketball-win-over-jamaica/article13679716/

JGX
08-11-2013, 03:21 PM
Canada won the second friendly against Jamaica 77-72 after trailing for most of the game:
http://www.basketball.ca/files/2013_JDIC___Game_2___Box_Score.pdf

CKR13
08-12-2013, 06:24 AM
Good read:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/opinion/2013/08/canadas-basketball-team-all-set-up-front-for-fiba-tourney.html

greenarcher
08-13-2013, 09:21 AM
Is there still a chance for Olynyk, Bennet and Sacre to make the Final 12?

When is the deadline for the final roster? (Not that it matters as shown by China)

lbj_19
08-14-2013, 04:48 PM
How good/developed is Andrew Wiggins? He's projected to be No 1 pick in the Nba next year. I have seen some highlights but you can't base it off thos highlights since it only shows the good stuff.

NorCal
08-14-2013, 05:39 PM
How good/developed is Andrew Wiggins? He's projected to be No 1 pick in the Nba next year. I have seen some highlights but you can't base it off thos highlights since it only shows the good stuff.

I know this is overkill but here's my own personal scouting report on Wiggins. I've watched him in both Hoop Summit games, a couple of All American games and 4-5 of his high school or AAU games, all on tv or youtube. Here's what I've seen:

Wiggin’s jumper is underrated. Its not knock down Ray Allen-ish but its definitely not bad. Its enough to keep defenses honest. Wiggins is crafty when he gets into the lane, able to sidestep the 2nd, rotating defender or simply to finish above him. He’s got maybe the best 2nd jump I’ve ever seen out of a high school prospect. He’s deadly on the break and has underrated shot selection. He plays within the framework of the team, unlike a lot of high school stars. He’s extremely smooth and by the end of the year at Kansas, I believe, will be very dominant. Wiggins is a decent shot blocker and overall defender but not lock down yet. He’s got all the tools to be lock down, tends to get muscled (both on offense and defense) sometimes because of his slight upper body. I think his greatest weakness is his left hand, he’s weak going left. If he does go left he dribbles once or twice then either pulls up into a jump shot or crosses over or spins back to his right. He's got an unbelievable spin move. Likes to work in the post and is underrated there but his lack of strength may be a problem for him if he wants to continue to play in the post at times. He's a decent passer, not great, but not poor.

IMO he's a phenomenal prospect and a future NBA star but I don't think he will be great immediately. I think he will need a few years to develop into a star because he doesn't seem real assertive at times. Some of the scouts seem to think of that as a negative (they say he lacks a killer instinct). It can be a negative but I think it also can be a positive in that he plays within the framework of the offense and doesn't force very many shots. There are times, though, when you can tell he is so much more talented than anyone else on the floor that he SHOULD be more assertive.

He has played well against the other big stars in his class. He is reportedly a humbled, grounded kid which tells me he is likely to reach his potential. But like I said, I wouldn't expect that considerable potential to be reached at least for another 4 years or so.

PRSURF
08-14-2013, 06:59 PM
Is there still a chance for Olynyk, Bennet and Sacre to make the Final 12?

When is the deadline for the final roster? (Not that it matters as shown by China)

Any of them will not participate with team Canada. The deadline for the final roster will be announced in the end of the tuto marchand cup.

Hepcat
08-16-2013, 04:14 PM
Canada won the second friendly against Jamaica 77-72 after trailing for most of the game:

http://www.basketball.ca/files/2013_JDIC___Game_2___Box_Score.pdf

That doesn't exactly leave me brimming with confidence actually.

:confused:

Federoy
08-17-2013, 03:15 AM
That doesn't exactly leave me brimming with confidence actually.

:confused:

I didn't see the game in its entirety, but I guess Canada was down by 17 pts. at one point and rallied back for the victory. I still have confidence that Jay Triano can get his team organized and prepared for the Americas Tournament in time to be in contention for a spot in next year's WC.