Canada’s Senior Men’s National team came up short against the second-ranked Spain in their sixth game of their 2014 European tour, bowing out 82-70 in front of a packed house in La Corouna. Team Spain playing in their first tune-up game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup championship wasted no time dominating the short-handed and under-maned Canadian squad by feeding the ball to the Gasol brothers (Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) inside a 25-12 lead after the first-quarter. The Gasol combined for 16 of Spain’s 25 points, each scoring eight points apiece.
Canada struggled to find quality looks on offensive end and had no answer for Serge Ibaka who came off the bench to anchor the Spanish side to a 9-0 run and a 34-12 to open-up the second-quarter. Head coach Jay Triano looking for a spark, inserted Dwight Powell (Cleveland Cavaliers) off the bench and the versatile Toronto native helped Canada stay in the game with eight points in the quarter as Canada trailed 47-29 at the break.
Canada made some adjustments inside and picked up the pace of the game behind a strong quarter by point guard Cory Joseph who scored nine of his team-high 19 points in the thrid quarter to help Canada cut the lead to 60-50 with one final quarter to play. The third-year San Antonio Spurs guard nailed his second three-pointer of the contest get the lead down to single digits at 64-55 with 6:45 to play, the closest the Canadians would get to before finally bowing out to a tough Spanish side which is loaded with NBA talent and is once again expected to challenge the United States of America at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball taking place right in there backyard.
Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson added 13 points and five rounds, Brady Heslip finished with 11 points and both Kelly Olynyk and Dwight Powell contributed with 8 points each.
Chigaco Bulls forward Pau Gasol finished with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds, his brother Marc Gasol added 15 points alongside rebounds and Serge Ibaka also played well with 15 and 8. Team Spain out-rebounded Canada 47-42 and forced Canada into 24 turnovers compared to 14 of their own.
Spain shot a healthly 47% on 23/48 shooting wild Canada’s impressive second which saw them outscore 43-35 finished with a mild 42% on 22/52 shots. Canada only mustered up six free-attempts going a2/6 from the charity line while Spain got to line in abundance finishing the game 21-for-27 from free-throws.
Spain will continue it’s preparation of the 2014 World Cup by taking on African champions Angola in their next game. Canada currently 3-6 will continue it’s European tour with a game Turkey in Seville, Spain on August 1o before wrapping things up against Angola the following day.
Father Of Dragons. Starbury To Coach In China
Remade in China.
Stephon Marbury was one of the biggest NBA all superstar’s in the early 2000’s. The Coney Island Point Guard product had placement in Fat Joe lyrics and Terror Squad videos. His shirtless, SLAM cover was as ‘Money. Power. Respect’ iconic as Allen Iverson’s ‘Soul On Ice’ best ever classic. And his ‘Showbiz and K.G’ Minnesota Timberwolves one with Kevin Garnett was remade by Kevin Love (K.L.) and Ricky Rubio too (what a dynamic duo both those perfect partnerships could have been more). Then the show-business of Star Marbury had the game of a big, blockbuster trade (before big, blockbuster trades), as the New Jersey Net was switched to the scorching and running Phoenix Suns for some guy named Jason Kidd (and we all know how that turned out). This former Jersey boy came back home as Starbury had the chance to be the king of New York like Carmelo Anthony leading the Knicks from the point. But like rotten Big Apple luck that all mellowed like ‘Melo too and Marbury seemingly made for Manhattan looked to escape from New York like the Statue of Liberty was ‘Cloverfield’ laying in the middle of Fifth Avenue.
It was time the Point God with a New York state of grind switched from the concrete blacktop jungle of New York to a whole new playground. Steph with a shot at redemption took his ball to the Far East. Known for changing the game and breaking down barriers and borders-his discounted sneakers, affordable for all really knew how to kick game with everyone-Starbury’s star turn wasn’t just another NBA flame-out trying to find some burn in another country like still capable stars Steve Francis or Michael Beasley (bring him back Lake Show). He really remade his name there. Possibly having not only a redemptive resurgence, but arguably the better and for sure the more enjoyable part of his career in a closing chapter that saw him soar.
Retiring at 40 in tears and iconic status in China like Chan for all the years he kicked game, Marbury ended his career with 20 points, a step-back dagger three and the win for the Beijing Royal Fighters, otherwise known as the Beijing Fly Dragons that this fighter breathed fire into. As the crowd cheered “Ma Buli MVP,” “Ma Buli, I love you,” and “My Hero,” and even cheerleaders cried as Stephon got his ‘Jerry Maguire’ on telling everyone in attendance that his career in China “completes me.” Getting poetic the biggest Basketball star in China after Yao Ming continued, “At one time I had no place for the blood to go, and you opened up a portal to your hearts for me to flow. You let me live when I was dying; I can’t explain how I feel as I’m crying”.
Beautiful…but you had us at the Tom Cruise sports agent reference.
Now the man who was the same huge part of the best ’96 draft class with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Samaki Walker people has shown he was in a league of his own as a three time CBA champion and six time All Star. His time further East wasn’t a footnote like his season with the storied, legendary Boston Celtics. For him and the nation, it was everything. And now his next chapter reads from the dry erase of hoops history.
Because now these fighting dragons have named Stephon Marbury their new head coach. Imagine that! This Brooklyn born baller is about to rule the world from the same sidelines he closed out his playing days with his hands together in prayer as every camera taking an immortalized shot of a moment for life bowed before him. Now set to lead the likes of impressive former Laker Thomas Robinson (having his own Hollywood moment over there like Michelle Yeoh), this former Duck is about to be even more mighty.
This crazy, rich culture and a former NBA icon is showing you Basketball is bigger than just one border.
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.
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.
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.