Australia looked to put Team USA down under last night, but they forgot about the karmic, calming presence of Carmelo Anthony.
The Boomers were booming early last night against a dream like Team USA who had given both the Peoples Republic Of China and a fighting Venezula side blowout nightmares to open Rio twenty sixteen. This one was always going to be a close call. But when the ending was wrote it was signed by the man that delivered himself past the G.O.A.T Michael Jordan and then sealed himself over todays greatest LeBron James as Team USA’s all-time point leader in Olympic history.
Nobody could touch Carmelo Anthony last night. Not even the King.
With Splash star Klay Thompson shooting buckets with holes in them again and even new Golden State Warrior teammate Kevin Durant-who this far has been the constant point place holder-on erratic form, the first three quarters ruling Aussies looked to capitalize. Especially with a 6 NBA man roster that could always compete with the U.S. best (including an Australian born Kyrie Irving (his clutch dagger three that put the place where he was born away knifed at country teammate and Dub nation finals competitior Draymond Green’s memory) who this year chose a side). Featuring the sharp shooting Spur star Patty Mills drawing buckets off doubles, Cleveland champ Matthew Delladova on team energy form and the new Maverick man in the middle Andrew Bogut who was playing more like Shaq then Shawn Bradley. Showing his former Warriors death line-up just what their missing and what could have plugged the middle and won the championship for this Suicide Squad if he wasn’t injured in the Finals. Who knows how their big names will fare next year now he’s gone for good after how he performed against all the biggest names last night.
Lead by Mills 30 point fill the boys from Australia turned Brazil’s state of the art basketball arena into an opera house last night.
But here comes the boom…
Carmelo Anthony’s 31 points off 11 for 21 shooting and 9 to 15 from downtown silenced all the court conduction in Rio. The New York star gave way for the fat lady last night and boy did he sing as the U.S. went from a different songsheet than the night was originally playing out like jazz. Now critics can stop chirping as this superstar and his new Knick outfit of Porzingis, Noah and Rose could bloom to their own gold light after the Summer in the electric neon of Times Square.
After beating France and Serbia handsomly, the Australian boomers may have lost 88-98, but it was a lot more down to the baseline wire than that. As this potential gold game preview was medal worthy in itself for Olympic classics, showing that Team USA may dream big, but it’s not always by the biggest defecit.
U.S.A.’s Globetrotting like 70 game winning streak and Coach K’s clean 17 game record was almost nixed and notched last night…and it was definitly tarnished. This team has won everyting in the Olympics since the games birthplace of Athens in 2004 and has beaten the Aussies since 1964 back when the Beatles where just four boys with bowl cuts from Liverpool and Muhammed Ali was just a kid with a decent hook.
But last night as Carmelo delivered the knockout punch like the king of the world greatest, Australia still delivered the boom. They may have lost the fight, but they won the night.
As the Philadelphia 76er’s first pick in this Summers NBA Draft, the Australian Ben Simmons tweeted, “the time will come”.
You know he’ll be there to join them.
Let Australia rule!
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.