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USA Women Are The Real Dream Team

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They say this is a mans game…

…but it’d be nothing without the women!

Team U.S.A.’s sister side are the real Dream Team.

Yeah we said it!

And we’re not just talking about these 2016 Rio Olympics. With all due respect to the mens side, these women have been doing if for years. Don’t call it a coming out party. They deserve as much respect as the the other team they shared a flight to Brazil with.

No wonder Brittney Griner has challenged U.S. and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins to a one-on-one match-up.

And you haven’t heard his response yet have you?

Sure the men have been unfairly criticized for not running away with games, even though they are on a 5 zip sweep. But the rest of the world is just getting so much better at basketball. That goes for both genders. But the U.S. women have been blowing out every comer too. To the tune of a 204 point differential over their own 5 and zero record.

And as they finished off their preliminary group stage by extinguishing the Peoples Republic of China by 105 to 62 you might want to catch them while you can during this last weeks coming knockout stages. Don’t expect them to lose mind you, but with the quarters tomorrow, you only have three games before they hit gold and a flight home.

Sure it’s arrogant to just assume Team USA will win. And just like with the men there are no guarantees. But if we were a betting site, we know who we’d be putting our dollars on. But forget your nickles and just enjoy the dimes in the quarters for what this great basketball is…the real beautiful game.

Sure the mens roster don’t have King LeBron and MVP Steph Curry on their side this Summer, but the women are playing without big superstars and household names like the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker and Skylar Diggins of the Dallas Wings themselves.

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They do however have the Lisa Leslie legendary, legacy making likes of Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Lindsay Whalen and Diana Taurasi. WNBA greats and legends of tomorrow. All thriving under Conneticut coach Geno Auriemma.

We just roll called the entire roster. Why? Well it may sound like a cat poster but they are all winners. As a matter of fact just like Usain Bolt smiling at the camera mid-race we can’t remember the last time they lost. That’s because they own a 60 and nothing record since their mid 90’s inception, that includes a 52-0 exhibition and 8-zip Olympic record. Now these ladies are looking to win their sixth straight gold after their 2012 Olympic victory in London.

Hey they may aswell forget Tokyo and look to get ready for a Los Angeles homecoming in 2024. Because we know who will be winning that one even before we find out who the confirmed host is.

Last night Sue Bird lead an inspired Instagram video post, showing solidarity to great ‘Ghostbusters’ movie-event of the Summer star Leslie Jones (I.G. handle; @Lesdoggg) who has received her absolutley unfair share of heinous racist and sexist abuse via vile Twitter trolls just because she was in an all female cast of a classic movie remake (which shouldn’t even be a reason). The team urging the actress/comedian currently taking in all sorts of Olympic events in Rio to come watch them play. It was a beautiful, enthusiastic pitch of a video that may aswell have been a plea to all of us, or the lack of true basketball purists who just don’t know the game if the don’t know the names of these girls.

Because this isn’t just another reboot…this is the real thing!

And it’s happening right now!

Time to stop expecting great and respect it!

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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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