Canada Rumors

Looking back on the international competition as Thompson and the Cavs return to Canada on Thursday for the first time since they clinched a berth in the NBA Finals with a Game 6 win over the Toronto Raptors in May, the Cleveland big man called out his fellow countrymen who chose not to play for the national team. “[It should] challenge the guys who didn’t play to next time when the country calls,” Thompson said. “Step up and play.”
Now Canada will try to first qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China starting next summer and then the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “That’s a long time from now,” said Thompson, who will be 29 when the Tokyo Games open. Will he use that time to start recruiting Canada’s best players? “Next time when it comes around, we’ll give them a call and hopefully they’ll show up,” said Thompson, adding that he was preoccupied with the Cavs’ playoff run last spring when he could have been trying to shape the team. “Shoot, if I say I’m playing that’s enough recruiting right there,” Thompson said. “If me and Cory say we both going to play, that’s enough. Join something special.”