HoopsHype Canada rumors

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

September 10, 2011 Updates

Several notable Canadian hoopsters bypassed the Olympic qualifier, including 2011 NBA overall No. 4 draft pick Tristan Thompson, but it’s Nash who has borne the brunt of the criticism because of his senior standing. That has led to a few unkind headlines across the country as Nash’s pristine Canuck rep has had some of the shine rubbed off it. Province columnist Tony Gallagher penned a piece: “Did Nash dash Olympic hopes?,” noting that Sidney Crosby “would have been absolutely ripped apart by the media in this country” if he bowed out of Winter Olympics play for Canada in hockey. A Toronto tabloid went even further with the sarcastic headline: “Thanks a lot, Nash!” Times Colonist

September 9, 2011 Updates
September 8, 2011 Updates

In the wake of crashing out of the FIBA Americas, the Canadian men’s national basketball team is looking for a new head coach. In the post-game conference call that followed Canada’s 91-89 loss to Panama on Thursday, Leo Rautins announced he would be stepping down as head coach of the program. With the loss, Canada’s hopes for a spot in the 2012 London Olympics basketball tournament were extinguished. “I think personally at this point to continue the things that need to be done, I’ve made a decision that this team needs a new voice in the locker room,” Rautins said. “It’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to. “I’ve gotten a great deal of support within the organization. I think the players have given me everything I’ve asked.” National Post

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