HoopsHype Canada rumors

May 8, 2012 Updates

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
December 1, 2011 Updates

The organization would also love to get Nash involved again and Nash appears to be playing along a bit. He has been exchanging messages via Twitter with various up-and-coming Canadian players, including first-round picks Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, point guards Myck Kabongo and Kevin Pangos and Andrew Wiggins, considered the best Canadian prospect since Nash himself. “I would love to have him involved in this program in whatever way makes sense to him at whatever point makes sense to him. It would be a very significant step forward for the entire program,” Parrish said. Toronto Sun

November 18, 2011 Updates

Monroe texted the Red Rocket soon after the National Basketball Players Association decertified this week, asking if he would consider playing elsewhere. Bonner, who was vice-president of the union, replied 'Possibly. I will definitely consider it.' telegraphjournal.com

Monroe went on to report that the 6-foot-10 San Antonio Spurs forward told him he had an in with the NBL's Halifax Rainmen - a friend who runs the team. That prompted this Facebook response from the Mill Rats: "The writer made an error and said the Halifax Rainmen where it should have read the Saint John Mill Rats." telegraphjournal.com

October 5, 2011 Updates
September 17, 2011 Updates

The plan would be to pair the NBA mystery man with Anthony Anderson, creating a formidable backcourt in Saint John. The 5-11 Anderson led the team in scoring last season at 19.05 points per game, earning first-team Premier Basketball League honours. "Coach (Jaren Jackson) is comfortable with Anthony playing shooting guard because of his scoring ability despite his size. So we're looking to pair them together to replace Dwuan (Rice)." telegraphjournal.com

Saint John isn't the only NBL team making NBA noise. The Halifax Rainmen have scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. Monday to announce to a player signing team president Andre Levingston describes as "undoubtedly the largest in franchise history". With the current labour strife in the National Basketball Association, the fledgling Canadian league has been courting NBA players as an alternative to Europe. "I've been trying to get it out of Andre but he's playing it pretty close," McCarthy said. "I just know that it is an NBA player." telegraphjournal.com

September 14, 2011 Updates

“I wanted to consider playing this summer. But the truth is I was rehabbing an injury all summer and couldn’t have played regardless,” Nash said Tuesday as he pressed the buzzer at Toronto’s stock exchange to kick off trading. The spectacle was planned for the launch of a new “functional beverage” called Liquid Nutrition. Advertising says it’s infused with vitamins and supplements, which sounds like everything an Olympics-bound sports team needs – with the exception of providing an actual berth in the Games. Toronto Globe & Mail

The team also wound up losing coach Leo Rautins, who went out with a bang, saying that playing for Canada didn’t have the cachet it once did. “We need to unify,” Nash said. “We have so many players not playing, including myself, though I retired [from national duties] about seven years ago. We have a lot of young players, but we have a long history of a fractured scene in Canada Basketball. We’ve got to find a way to unify and feel a sense of pride for this program. “That’s the first step, get on board with a sense of pride. … Second, we’ve got to develop players; and then we’ve got to build chemistry with the current players.” Toronto Globe & Mail

September 12, 2011 Updates

NBA star, Steve Nash is in Winnipeg and has a full day scheduled on Monday. He is here to add a prestigious Winnipeg award to his two-time MVP honour. Nash is scheduled to accept the St. Boniface Hospital's 2011 International Award Monday evening. Nash has used his celebrity as a basketball player to be an advocate for children's rights, health and education. On Monday morning, Nash will tour the St. Boniface Hospital research foundation to learn about all the work being done at the facility. CTV Winnipeg

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