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2014 Canadian SMNT training camp starts with no official rosters

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2014 Canadian SMNT training camp starts with no official rosters

There’s is no doubt Canada Basketball has come a long way from the days of players not wanting to rock the Red and White to having improved it’s communication, web and media strategy to win loyal fans and media like and help raise the excitement and profile of their National teams. Over the past few months many Canadian basketball fans have been salivating over the announcement of the Senior Men’s National Team that would assemble in Toronto for their 2014 training camp which would lead-up to an 11-game European tour starting July 24, 2014

Earlier this week, many fans eagerly awaited the release of the training camp roster and nothing, then Sunday came and the official Canada basketball twitter account start circulating photos from the start of the training camp with GM Steve Nash running drills. Only problem, no official training camp roster was ever released or made available for the media and nothing was communicated either.

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And by the looks of it, many fans, where left to social media to try and piece together who was present at Training camp.

I reached out to Canada basketball via twitter to find out if there was an official or temporary roster release and the answer I got didn’t make sense at all, in fact, it left me more perplexed and wondering why something like this can still happen in 2014.

BasketballBuzz @basketballbuzz
Hey Canada Basketball any news release on the players invited to camp?

Canada Basketball @CanBball
Not today. We will issue a roster release prior to the European games. The first game is July 24.

Alright, a bit odd! Shouldn’t their be training camp roster and then an official roster for European series?

It’s not like we see USA Basketball or other FIBA organizations committing these same mistakes? In fact Team USA released their roster on July 14, well ahead of their training camp for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Now, I understand that putting together a national team roster is more than just releasing a press release, specially since 90/100% of the team will eventually feature NBA talent, bringing in a new wave of problems for an organization which historically has struggled to come-up with the necessary insurance money to make NBA GM’s feel comfortable about releasing their players for FIBA Summer competitions.

Add to the fact that several Canadians are still battling it out at the 2014 NBA Summer League (Melvin Ejim, Jordan Jordan Bachynski), plus a rather meaningless summer due to Canada failing to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championships and you have a lot more uncertainty than usual.

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Based on the non-news and lack of details including the whole Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade rumors and it would be a surprise if we see Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett make their Senior Men’s National Team debuts.  As for Nick Stauskas and Tyler Ennis it will also be tough to gauge but, I wouldn’t count on it. What about Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Robert Sacre (Lakers)?

If the goal of the upcoming European tour is to gain international experience and gel together as a unit, then why not start sooner than later by having all the best pieces together as one at training camp.

If the roster is not finalized, as we all expected and knew, why not simply put out a release with the committed players and let everybody know that changes will be made once things are a bit more clear? Regardless, it really shouldn’t have to resort to media scrambling across social channels to find out who is playing for the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team or not.

Below is a unofficial list of players that are/were currently present at the first practice based on photos released by Canada Basketball and several others across social media.

2014 Canadian Senior Men’s National Team Training Roster (Unofficial)

Point Guards

Cory Joseph – San Antonio Spurs
Phillip Scrubb – Carleton Ravens
Junior Cadougan – Batumi, Georgia

Shooting Guards
Carl English – Iberostar, Tenerife CB Canarias, Spain
Brady Heslip – Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA SummerLeague)

Wings

Dwight Powell – Cleveland Cavaliers
Jevohn Shepperd – Paffoni Omegna, Italy (A2)
Thomas Scrubb – Carleton Ravens
Jordan Baker –  Alberta Golden Bears (2009-14)

Forwards
Kelly Olynyk – Boston Celtics
Andrew Nicholson – Orlando Magic

Expected to join – (confirmed)

Melvin Ejim – San Antonio Spurs (NBA SummerLeague)
Jordan Bachynski –  Charlotte Hornets (NBA SummerLeague)
Owen Klassen – Acadia Axemen (2009-14)

Coaching Staff

Head Coach
Jay Triano

Assistant Coaches
Dave Smart
Roy Rana
Greg Francis

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Canada vs. USA focal point of loaded Pre-FIBA World Cup series

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Canada’s senior’s men’s basketball team will take on the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Nigeria in a loaded preseason FIBA World Cup schedule.

For many years Canadian’s have been waiting for the day that Canada’s golden basketball generation faced off against the mighty USA Dream Team.

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Well, wait no longer, and bookmark Monday, August 26, 2019 your calendar.

Part of a five-game per-world cup series in Australia — Team Canada will wrap it’s six-game FIBA World Cup exhibition schedule with a much anticipated match-up against American’s.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to compete and gain familiarity against some of the top teams in the world in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball General Manager, Men’s High Performance. “The USA has been the gold standard in FIBA basketball for several years so this will be a great opportunity for our program. In addition, having the chance to play tough road games against Australia and New Zealand will be a valuable experience for our team on the road to the World Cup.”

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Dwight Powell showing off the big guns for Team Canada – Photo: FIBA

Canada’s Senior Men’s National team (SMNT) will kick-off it’s pre-world cup festivities on home-soil, on Friday, August 9, 2019 against a rising Nigerian D’ Tigers (10-2, 1st place African Qualifiers) national side in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

From there it’s off to foreign territory as the Canadians get acquainted with the Australia Boomers — a 2019 FIBA World Cup Group of death foe and commonwealth member in a two-game series in Perth on August 16th and 17th.

Previously known for the their alternative nickname — “The Road Warriors” — for their lack of international FIBA home games — Team Canada will shift their attention to a familiar foe with a two-game series against the New Zealand Tall Blacks.

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According to the FIBA World Cup draw and if everything works out as planed Canada vs. USA could also become a reality in a potential heavyweight quarter-finals match-up.

With World Cup medal aspirations on the line and a 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics bid up for grabs, Canada will look to field a studded 12-men roster not only capable of fulling the federations 2020 vision of becoming a global basketball powerhouse but eventually reminding our border neighbors and media pundits that “soft and basketball” will no longer be acceptable in the basketball sentence.

Not exactly considered the cream-of the crop international tournaments — Canada’s senior’s men’s basketball team last knocked-off the United States of America 111-108 at the 2015 Pan-Am games in Toronto.

A 2005 FIBA Americas Group A win — culminated by a dominated 28 point, 9-rebound performance from Denham Brown lifted Canada 92-76 past the USA on August, 25, in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Canada knocked off the Americans 85-77 in the semi-finals of 1983 Summer Universiade games in Edmonton — beating a star-studded USA (Karl Malone, Charles Barkley) team in the semi-finals.

Team Canada FIBA World Cup international exhibition series

  • Canada Basketball vs. Nigeria D’ Tigers – August, 9th 2019 – MTS Place
  • Canada Basketball vs. Australia Boomers – August 16, 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth
  • Canada Basketball vs. Australia Boomers – August 17, 2019 – RAC Arena, Perth  
  • Canada Basketball vs. New Zealand Tall Blacks – August 20, 2019, Quaycentre, Sydney
  • Canada Basketball vs. New Zealand Tall Blacks – August 21, 2019, Quaycentre, Sydney
  • Canada Basketball vs. USA Basketball – August 26, 2019, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney†

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Triano steps aside as Canadian national team coach

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Jay Triano has officially stepped down as the head coach of Canada’s senior men’s national team.

Canada Basketball made the announcement this morning, confirming media reports that circulated on Sunday.

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“I can’t thank Jay enough for all he has done for basketball in Canada,” said Glen Grunwald, president and CEO of Canada Basketball, in a statement.  

“As both a coach and player, Jay is a Canadian icon and has played a major role in the development of basketball within our country and we will forever be grateful for his contributions. 

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Jay Triano is among the most accomplished coaches in Canadian history. Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

“After speaking with Jay, I’m hopeful we can find a role where he can continue to contribute to Canada Basketball in the future.”

Triano is the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained coach to work in the NBA, starting as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors in 2002 and later promoted to head coach.

He is currently the lead assistant coach with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

As head coach of Canada’s national team from 1998 to 2004, Triano led the team to a seventh-place finish at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

Canada has not returned to the Olympics since then, but it figures to be a contender to play at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Triano returned as head coach in 2012, guiding the club to a pair of victories during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.

As a player, Triano served with Canada’s national team from 1977 to 1988 and was team captain for the final seven years of his tenure.

He was elected to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Roy Rana Canada's National Basketball Team Coach Sitting FIBA Qualifiers Pointing
Roy Rana 2019 FIBA Americas Qualifiers – Photo: FIBA

Ryerson University head coach Roy Rana is among three other candidates being granted interviews to replace Triano, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

The other candidates are Gord Herbert, who played for Canada at the 1984 Olympics; and Ettore Messina, an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs.

A final decision is expected by March 31.

Multiple reports say Triano cited “personal reasons” for taking his name out of the running, but he did not elaborate.

Team Canada’s next major test will be the 2019 FIBA World Cup, starting Aug. 31 in China.

Triano steps aside at a high point in Canadian basketball, with dozens of players in the NBA and at elite NCAA schools, including Barrett’s son R.J. Barrett, a Duke University standout who is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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