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Bad News For Barnes This Olympics

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Looks like the Golden State Warriors aren’t the only superteam not giving swingman Harrison Barnes anytime under the sun.

Now the new Dallas Mavericks player isn’t just watching this years biggest Free Agent, Kevin Durant go for O’Brien’s gold in California with former teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, without him. He’s got a front row seat to it in Rio too.

From the bench!

Barnes has barely being getting any burn in Brazil. So much so that it’s hard to find a stock photo of the point player in Team USA uniform, unless it’s a warm up. There’s no shortages of tweets about the substitute on social media however. As Twitter trolls have taken him to task. Some calling him a “human victory cigar”, other memes portraying him as the man with the easiest job to get to gold…and the U.S. haven’t even taken to the podium yet.

1992 Barcelona Olympics, Dream Team member Christian Laettner knows his pain…and the hate.

But as America head into the Gold Medal Game finale against Serbia today maybe it’s time they used their silver lining. Because remember just like the women’s national basketball team that yesterday hit gold against Spain this is a dream squad, 1 through 12. Just because the Dubs club didn’t leave much room to afford Harrison doesn’t mean that Coach K’s country should follow suit, leaving him in the equivalent of a tie courtside. Cheerleading from the sidelines like Los Angeles Laker and Spain’s ageing star Jose Calderon in the semis. The clock on his signature speedometor ticking towards father time.

Don’t listen to the Twitter trolls, they know nothing but how to make themselves feel better, by putting someone else down. They’ll look for anyone they can make feel worthless, even if it is someone that has just inked a multiple year, multi-million dollar contract. Now how’s that for a tag!?

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Harrison Barnes is still an incredibly talented, superstar calibre player at an elite level, who can fill it up from all over the floor just like the Toronto Raptor that is leaving his P.T. extinct, DeMar DeRozan.

Racking up three DNP-CD’s (with averages and point minutes that no one seems bothered to log…and who are we to add insult to injury like time on court?) instead of throwing up threes, this guy may as well take in the sights from downtown Rio de Janeiro. But look from the ocean and you can see that this brother can still make it splash…even if he’s no longer on that side of the Pacific.

Canning just garbage time in these Olympic Games. Barnes seems to be in the dog house like Matt. But he’ll get the bone again. Besides everyone-including us-was letting his former Warrior teammate Klay Thompson hear it for his own slump, until he shot all that down. This young 24 year old buck may just have his time and place off the pine tonight. And if not he could join Dirk in downtown Dallas and exact revenge with his sharp-shooting set of skills. As Barnes will become the Winter Soldier this November for the Mavs, killing everything in site.

Then everyone on Twitter will have nothing to say no matter how much character they think they have.

Regardless, even if no one sees him as a Warrior anymore this Maverick is still about to be in a golden state.

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Young Canadian squad shapes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Xavier Rathan Mayes Canada Vs Argentina

For the past twenty-plus (20) years starving Canadian basketball fans across the country have asked for more International sanctioned games on home soil.

Finally, it looks like those requests are materializing.

With the upcoming kick-off to the newly formatted road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2019 Americas Qualifiers taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia will satisfy and quench the thirst of long-time East coast supporters of the National game.

A young, 25th-ranked Canadian squad will take on 59th ranked Bahamas, in a important Group D qualify game at the Scotiabank Centre.

Led by former number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (Northern Arizona, G-League), the roster features a strong young crop of former Usports All-Canadians and NCAA Division I standouts. Additionally, a further testimony to the growth of Canadian University Basketball, Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, headlines the coaching staff alongside Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart.

Point guard duties will be handled by Olivier Hanlan, Phil Scrubb and Kaza Kajami-Keane. The latter two having won multiple Usports basketball championships under the tutelage of Smart. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip and along side confident Xavier Rathan-Mayes will look to fill it up for the outside. The front court will anchored by 6’8″ Anthony Bennett, Thomas Scrubb, (another Ravens All-Canadian) and former Acadia Axemen 6’10” Owen Klassen (Kingston, ON).

Overall the roster looks solid, given the lack of availability of Canada’s top talent due to changes in the qualifying format, and the NBA’s willingness to move aside and grant FIBA the release of its players, regardless of nationality for the World Cup qualifying periods.

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Placed in Group D alongside Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The young Canadians will play a home and away series against each team. After the Bahamas game, Canada will fly out to the Dominican Republic for a stern road test on November 28, 2017 to wrap up the opening qualifying window.  The second qualifier will take in late February with Canada once again hitting the road for games against the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The third qualifying window will see Canada host two more games on home soil on June 29 and July 2, 2018.

Canada is coming off a mediocre performance at the FIBA Americup dropping games to Virgin Islands 83-71, Argentina 92-86 with its only win against a tough Venezuela 75-66 team that denied the Canadians an Olympics appearance in Rio 2016.

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QC Free Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ON Northern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ON St. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QC Austin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ON Trabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ON Raptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ON PAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ON Banco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ON Westchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb

Guard

6’3″

Richmond, B.C. Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb

Forward

6’6″

Richmond, B.C. Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini

Centre

6’9″

Vancouver, B.C. Hokkaido L. (Japan)
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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. Insane 38 points versus USA

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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. 38 Points Versus USA

Canadian Guard Rowan Barrett Jr. goes off for an insane 38 points versus USA at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Canada stunned the USA 99-87 to advance to Gold Medal game.

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Angola’s Silvio de Sousa beastly 27 points, 21 rebounds against Korea

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Angola Silvio Sousa Dominates Korea 2017 FIBA U 19 World Cup
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Angola’s 18-year old Silvio de Sousa (6’9″, 240lbs) power forward is one of the rising stars of Angolan and African Basketball.

In his last FIBA U19 game in Cairo, De Sousa beasted Korea with 27 points and 21 rebounds as Angola closed-out the 2017 World Cup with a 55-53 win.

De Sousa, a bruising forward is the best polished Angolan Basketball player ever at this age and averaged a double-double at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, Cairo with 17.3 points per game (3rd), 13.1 rebounds (1st), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

The 2018 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) four star recruit holds NCAA Basketball Division I offers from Florida, Louisville, Maryland, LSU and many others and currently represents Angola’s best chance at a future first round and potential NBA pick.

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