My American friends aren’t going to like me for this one but my pick to win the 2014 FIBA World Cup is Spain.
It’s not just because they are the home nation. It’s not just because as great as Coach K.’s Team U.S.A. look they’re still missing a LeBron, Kevin (Durant and now/or Love), Carmelo and Kobe. It’s not just because heartbroken former FIFA World Cup soccer winners Spain lost out eaaarly this year in Brazil. It’s not just that as skilled as the other nations are, from Brazil to Puerto Rico, from South America and beyond it’s only Spain who are just that close or even an edge ahead of the dream of U.S.A.
It might have something to do with the fact that right now the Spanish national side and America are neck and neck in a 4-zip sweep. it might have something to do with the fact that this team make for an elite, Lakers/Celtics like match-up on an international scale every-time they duke it out from the World Championships to the Olympics. It might just be because when it comes to roundball’s having FIBA instead of Spading stitched on them, Spain reigns supreme as the matador to U.S.A’s bull. It might just be because World Cup’s are more sought after in Europe, no matter how much Tim Howard tried to save it.
It’s probably more like this team is stacked…and we do mean stacked. Not bite,-size, economy Pringles stacked, but oh wait I forgot they had one of last years NBA difference makers Serge Ibaka stacked. Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez big-name stacked. With the defence beating speed of Jose Calderon and the buzzer beating shot of Juan Carlos Navarro. Then of course there’s the big-three. There’s former NBA-next/Minnesota Timberwolves future Ricky Rubio given the keys and he’s finally old enough license to run wild and display the skillful game that got him all this attention straight out of Europe in the first place. Then there’s the brothers in arms, strong-holding the paint with a flair of skill. Marc and Pau Gasol. The kind of family-bond, teammate true partnership the Lakers wish they never lost when they traded Marc’s draft right for Pau. the kind of brotherhood the Memphis Grizzlies wish they always had with their two defining big-men of the last two separate decades.
The new Spanish Bull, by way of Chicago having the second storm of his career in the Windy City in Pau Gasol. One of Europe’s all-time greatest big men who people keep sleeping on. It’s time to wake up to all those championship credentials foreign and domestic. It’s not just this guy however. This team is actually a team and feels like something on a club level and this unity, this court connection is while Gasol will this time face off with another U.S. teammate in Derrick Rose and truly bloom. Basketball is still an American sport, but when it comes to Europe it goes through Spain figuratively and literally. Maybe that’s why they’ll lift the cup.
Or it may just be that European three-point line…
Canada vs. USA focal point of loaded Pre-FIBA World Cup series
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.
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.”
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.
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
Triano steps aside as Canadian national team coach
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.
“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.
“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.
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.