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August 28, 2012 Updates

Getting Nash back on board was the key to this renaissance. It’s no coincidence that Canada Basketball’s fortunes slipped when Nash distanced himself from the program following Triano’s removal in 2005. “It started with Steve, we had to get our house in order (and the) cornerstone in my mind was Steve,” said Canada Basketball CEO Wayne Parrish following Triano’s rehiring. Suddenly, with Nash back on the scene, the top talent that had been standoffish for years, perhaps taking an “if he’s not involved, why should I be?” approach, decided to fully commit. Toronto Sun

There is no confusion anymore. Whatever the reasons are, it is clear where the players stand. “A couple of years ago, we’d be lucky to have at least five of the top guys in the country at training camp. Now, we’re building something real special here, and guys are realizing that,” said Thompson, the fourth pick in the 2011 draft. “The energy and the vibe is unbelievable right now,” added Toronto’s Myck Kabongo. Toronto Sun

August 26, 2012 Updates

It is entirely logical and sensible and fitting that Steve Nash and Jay Triano should be teaming up to help restore Canada’s international basketball reputation, working together because it’s been that way seemingly forever. “I’ve known Jay for 21, 22 years, since he recruited me to go to Simon Fraser University from Victoria and he’s always been a class act, just a phenomenal person and somebody who always seemed to be selfless,” said Nash, general manager of the Canadian senior men’s team that Triano is now coaching again. “He obviously wanted a young player to go to his university but he was also very honest with me. He told me he thought I should go play basketball in the States and for a coach that’s trying to recruit you, that was a different approach. Toronto Star

The way the Team Canada story goes, as I have heard it (let’s be clear here, this item falls under the journalist categorization of gossip) , is like this: After defeating Yugoslavia in the final game of pool play (Nash had 26, 8 and 8), Nash and backcourt mate Rowan Barrett were having a good time in the Olympic athletes village late at night when they met two female sprinters. They challenged the ladies to a race, and Barrett pulled his hamstring. Canada trailed by 15 at halftime against France in the next game, and McCulloch’s 23 and 9 were not enough. So ended Canada’s latest and greatest gasp for glory in Olympic basketball. SheridanHoops

August 25, 2012 Updates

It is entirely logical and sensible and fitting that Steve Nash and Jay Triano should be teaming up to help restore Canada’s international basketball reputation, working together because it’s been that way seemingly forever. “I’ve known Jay for 21, 22 years, since he recruited me to go to Simon Fraser University from Victoria and he’s always been a class act, just a phenomenal person and somebody who always seemed to be selfless,” said Nash, general manager of the Canadian senior men’s team that Triano is now coaching again. “He obviously wanted a young player to go to his university but he was also very honest with me. He told me he thought I should go play basketball in the States and for a coach that’s trying to recruit you, that was a different approach. “That meant a lot to me to hear him be honest and hear him be humble and to tell me that he believed in me and that I could go and do great things.” Toronto Star

“One of the very first things Steve said was if I’m going to do this, I need some partners in crime and there’s one guy I’m thinking about,” said Canada Basketball chief executive officer Wayne Parrish. “They are the right combination.” As it has been for years. “One of the things I love about Jay is he’s a basketball lifer, he’s a gym rat . . . if you’re walking down the hall, if you’re in an elevator, if you’re having a beer, the conversation usually is about basketball and he’s got a big smile on his face and he’s completely engaged,” said Nash. “It’s a beautiful thing when you see people passionate about what they do.” Toronto Star

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

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