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Bad News For Barnes This Olympics

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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Raptors’ Nick Nurse to coach Canada at 2019 FIBA World Cup

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Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse To Coach Canada At 2019 Fiba World Cup

Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors’ to their first-ever NBA championship – Nick Nurse has been officially named head coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s National (SMNT).

Rocking a fresh suit alongside a red tie and a Canadian pin flag, Nurse expressed gratitude and humbleness “truly honored to be sitting here in this position, I’m really am. Obviously, the last couple of months have been very humbling and really amazing to see the country, the city and everybody get excited about basketball in this country.” opened up Canada’s newest head coach during the press conference.

Nurse’s contract obligations with Team Canada are expected to last through the 2020 summer Olympic games in Tokyo. No salary details were released.

Team Canada is expected to release its full training camp roster before the end of June

“I’m looking forward to working with this talented group of young players, and to seeing what we can do on the competitive global basketball stage. I love the international game.  I also see this as a real chance for me to learn from the world’s best, and for us to represent Canada with pride and distinction.”– expressed Nick Nurse.

Canada Basketball has been searching for a replacement since veteran head coach Jay Triano decided to step aside from the job on March 25, 2019 – as he was asked to re-apply for the position by general manager Rowan Barrett.

“Nick fits our Gold Medal Profile as he is a proven leader with extensive experience coaching FIBA, NBA and other professional leagues around the world.  His coaching pedigree shows his ability to win at some of the highest levels and he has a tremendous understanding of the FIBA game and our Canadian NBA players.  We strongly believe that this unique combination gives our players the best opportunity for success at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.” added Rowan Barrett.

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After a long a interview process that further extended due to the Toronto Raptors’ winning their first-ever NBA Championship — Peter Yannopoulos and confirmed on by various sources — that Nick Nurse who will be responsible for leading what is expected to be a star-studded Team Canada and the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Gordie Herbert Canada Basketball Associate Head Coach
Gordie Herbert – Canada Basketball Associate Head Coach

Joining Nurse on the sideline will be Gordie Herbert as an associate head coach. Herbert recently left his Head Coach position with German BBL club Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt. Herbert helped guide Canada to two World Cup qualification wins and is a former Toronto Raptors assistant coach (2008-2009).

Herbert is also expected to take over the coaching duties at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifiers formerly known as FIBA Americas Championship. The tournament pits together the top teams from the Western Hemisphere and currently scheduled for November.

The rest of the coaching staff will be announced in the coming days. Canada has loaded exhibition schedule and is expected to face tough opposition in the group of death at the 2019 FIBA World cup in China.

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Canada earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships

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Ryan Nembhard Guards Usa Amari Bailey 2019 U16 Fiba Americas
Canadian Point Guard Ryan Nembhard guards USA's Amari Bailey

Canada’s U16 Men’s national team captured a third straight silver medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas championships falling 94-77 to the United States of America in the Gold medal game in Belem, Brazil.

The highly anticipated bout featuring the two top U16 FIBA-ranked teams in the world didn’t disappoint — showcasing upwards of a combined 10 potential NBA draftees.

Team Canada kept the game tight for the first 10 minutes and took their only lead of the game at 17-15 with 2:02 in to play, before a late triple gave the USA a 18-17 lead to close the quarter.

The USA took the game to the Canadians in the second-quarter, outscoring Canada 27-15 for a 45-32 half-time lead.

Canadian Caleb Houstan Dunk 2019 Fiba 16 Americas Championships
Canadian Caleb Houstan throws down a one-hand dunk at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships – Photo: FIBA

Caleb Houstan (Mississauga, Ont.) scored 25 points and three rebounds and finished as the championship’s second leading scorer with 22.8 points per game. Houstan, a silky smooth forward had a tournament high 29 points to become Canada’s top scorer in U16 FIBA Americas competition — breaking Kevin Pangos 28 point record from 2009.

††††Canada showed some bark in the third-quarter with solid defensive stretches and back-to-back dunks, cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occasions and closing in at 57-51 of the Americans with 4:34 to play.

The Americans rallied with a 13-6 run to end third-quarter for a comfortable 72-57 lead and put it in cruise control in the fourth-quarter — stretching the lead to a game-high 21 points.

Team Usa Golden Once Again 2019 Fiba U16 Americas
Christopher Livingston (USA) takes home 2019 FIBA U16 Americas MVP – Photo: FIBA

Despite the loss, the final 17-point deficit ties the lowest spread between the two squads in five championship or semi-finals games at the FIBA Americas tournament.

Team Canada has now lost all five games against the USA at the FIBA U16 Americas championships — dropping three-straight gold medal games — 111-60 in 2017 and 77-60 in 2015 and two semi-finals encounters, 113-70 in 2011 and 126-78 in 2009.

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Ryan Nembhard (Aurora, Ont) wrapped the tournament with another outstanding effort with 21 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Nembhard led the tournament with a total of 54 assists, good for 9 per game, and was Canada’s second leading scorer at 14.3 points per game.

Canadian Enoch Boakye Pulls Double Rebound Against Mexico Fiba U16 Americas
Canadian Enoch Boakye 6’9″ pulls down double-double against Mexico at FIBA U16 Americas – Photo: FIBA

Enoch Boakye (Brampton, Ont) 12 points and 13 rebounds concluded the tournament with his third straight game in double-figures rebounding and was the third top rebounder in the competition at 10.8 per game. Boakye had of two of the tournaments top 10 rebounding performances with 17 against Mexico and 16 against Dominican Republic.

2019 Fiba 16 Americas All Star Team Canadians Caleb Houstan Ryan Nembhard
Canadian’s Caleb Houstan and Ryan Nembhard – 2019 FIBA 16 Americas All Star Team – Photo: FIBA

Both Houstan and Ryan Nembhard were named to the tournaments all-star team alongside Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero — including the USA’s Jalen Durne and tournament MVP Christopher Livingston.

Canada finished the tournament 5-1 with group B victories over Uruguay 101-63, Brazil 90-67, Puerto Rico 96-76 and wins over Mexico 95-78 and 97-81 over the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

The U16 Canadian squad has reached the podium five times since the inaugural, bi-annual American zone tournament kicked-off 10 years ago in 2009 — earning three silver and two bronze medals. Canada lost a heart-breaking 65-64 semi-finals loss to Argentina in 2013.

Canada has qualified for the 2020 U17 FIBA World Championships where they will look to improve from their 2018 4th-place finish.



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