HoopsHype Canada rumors


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
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

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