HoopsHype Canada rumors

August 25, 2012 Updates

Perhaps is the fresh start under Nash and Triano, perhaps it’s the fact this is a weekend training camp rather than a selection process, perhaps it’s simply because there are more, better players available but the mood was collegial, with a common goal in mind. “After watching the Olympics … I was sick to my stomach, I wanted to be part of it,” said Brampton’s Tristan Thompson. “It was cool to watch the USA win but I want to be part of that, I want to compete for a medal and I think that’s what other guys were thinking.” Toronto Star

“We want to make sure they realize what we’re playing for,” said Nash. “We’re here to help these players get better individually right now but this is about a bigger picture. We want them to get better individually so they can have a great long career as individuals but we also want them — those of us like myself, Jay Triano, Rowan Barrett, some of the coaches who have come to work who have played in the Olympic Games — to have a chance to experience that.” Toronto Star

August 23, 2012 Updates

As expected, Jay Triano was named head coach of the senior men’s program on Thursday, his second go-around at the position after previous management bungled his dismissal in 2005. His replacement, Leo Rautins, resigned last summer and it was quickly clear that Triano was the organization’s top choice to take over, especially if Steve Nash agreed to come on board as well. Toronto Sun

Bruce Arthur: Canada Basketball will announce Jay Triano is the new senior men's coach today. Really look forward to seeing this team in, say, two years. Twitter

Final details of precisely who will be at the camp are being kept under wraps by Canada Basketball officials, but sources say it will include a wide-range of promising Canadian talent. It will be much like the American model developed in the mid-2000s in the United States when former Phoenix Suns executive Jerry Colangelo began a process of getting long- term commitments from the top NBA players that ultimately led to 2008 and 2012 Olympic golds and a 2010 world championship. “We’ll explore the American model for sure,” Nash said when he was appointed. “I think they’ve done a phenomenal job under Jerry and obviously I have a great relationship with Jerry so I hopefully can learn a lot from him.” Toronto Star

August 17, 2012 Updates
August 14, 2012 Updates

What Canada Basketball wants from Nash is for him to develop a family attitude around the team, make it impossible for people to say no when they are asked to play because it’s a good and fun environment. The camp will do that, it’ll let the players start to get to know each other on and off the court; a journey they hope ends with a solid finish in Rio four years hence. Oh, and I’m hearing that they’re thisclose to naming a head coach and Jay Triano, if not a lock for the gig, is certainly high on the list. Toronto Star

Steve Nash, in his role as general manager of Canada’s senior men’s basketball team, is bringing together 20 or 25 of the country’s top prospects for a camp in Toronto that starts around Aug. 22. I’m told the college kids, the teens and the NBA guys are supposed to be around for the better part of the week in what’s a very important first step on the trip to get the team to the 2014 worlds in Spain (Boss? I’m going, right? Right?) and then the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Toronto Star

July 13, 2012 Updates
July 10, 2012 Updates

The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors will play a preseason game in Montreal as part of the NBA’s Canada Series. Detroit and Minnesota will play in Winnipeg in the other game announced today by the league. The Knicks and Raptors will meet Oct. 19 at the Bell Centre. The MTS Centre will host the Pistons-Timberwolves matchup on Oct. 24. Newark Star-Ledger

May 8, 2012 Updates

Canadian basketball great Steve Nash has been named the new general manager of Canada's men's national team. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Basketball Canada at a news conference at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto Globe & Mail

The details are sketchy right now but there is strong speculation swirling at the moment that Canada Basketball could be close to making a major announcement regarding its Men’s National Team. Steve Nash may be taking over as the “General Manger” of Team Canada. It would be a role similar to what Steve Yzerman (and, previously, Wayne Gretzky) has served for Hockey Canada. This move has been swirling in the rumor mill for weeks (if not months) and it is apparently closer than ever. FAN590

March 7, 2012 Updates

Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash will likely take the same type of executive director role with Canada Basketball that Wayne Gretzky assumed with Hockey Canada in the lead-up to the 2002 Olympics. Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball's president and CEO, said Tuesday that he's had conversations with the Victoria-raised Nash, the Phoenix Suns star who is still playing at a high level at age 38, about being an "overseer or executive director" for the national senior men's team as it points toward the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. "I very much hope that there'll be a day, somewhere down the road, where we'll be able to tap Steve on the shoulder and he'll be at a time in his life and his career where it makes sense for him," said Parrish. Times Colonist

March 5, 2012 Updates

The time is not now, but it will soon arrive, likely once this summer’s Olympics are put to bed, for Triano to lead what many believe is the golden age of Canadian hoops, when so much homegrown talent is either playing in the NBA or is knocking on its doors. The buzz among basketball’s circles, at least in Canada, is that Triano will succeed Leo Rautins as national team head coach. It should be clearly pointed out that nothing is official, but unofficially all signs are pointing to Triano leading a new wave of talent that features Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph with a pool of talent so deep that it would be foolish to start naming all the names playing in U.S. prep schools or at big- time NCAA programs. Toronto Sun

December 5, 2011 Updates

Andrea Bargnani, in an interview with La Stampa, said that he is getting the Canadian citizenship, considering the political and economic moment which Italy is living. Bargnani also confirmed that next summer will be joining the Italian National Team for the Qualification to Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia. Sportando

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.