Ryan Wolstat: Trey Lyles said he’s in touch with Nash and others at Canada Basketball and they understand this summer is about process of making NBA. Lyles said he’d love to see Canada qualify for Olympics this summer and can’t wait to suit up with the others going forward.
Chris Haynes: #Cavs F Tristan Thompson will not play for Canadian National Team this summer, a league source tells @Clevelanddotcom.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) will hold its fourth annual NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, featuring a record five teams playing an all-time high four preseason games in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. The Toronto Raptors will play three games, while the Minnesota Timberwolves will play two games, and the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards will each play one game.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Kelly Olynyk will not be part of #Celtics summer league teams. Will play with Canadian National team instead. #Celticstalk
Ainge confirmed the Celtics will compete in both the Utah Jazz Summer League (July 6-9 with the 76ers, Spurs, and Jazz) then head up to Las Vegas for a week of games. The Celtics are still finalizing roster plans but Marcus Smart and James Young, coming off their rookie campaigns, will be part of the summer squad. Olynyk is not expected to play as he’ll spend part of August competing with the Canadian national team.
Nash also said he is committed to making sure the Canadian basketball explosion is not just a one-off. “It’s up to us now to continue that and to give the next generation an opportunity to be the same as this one. Make this a sustainable flow of talent and make us a real presence on the international stage, where we are actually going and competing for medals at world and Olympic games,” he said.
Ryan Wolstat: In addition to Wiggins and Tyler Ennis, Nik Stauskas will play for Canada too, he confirms to Sun. @chrisgentnba 1st reported Stauskas in.
Jon Krawczynski: Andrew Wiggins says he is definitely playing for the Canadian national team this summer
Canada Basketball has a new head honcho. Michele O’Keefe was appointed president and chief executive officer of the rising organization on Tuesday. “With her growing focus on the business operations of Canada Basketball since moving from leading basketball operations to the role of executive director in 2012, Michele demonstrated significant additional capacity,” said outgoing president and CEO Wayne Parrish in a release. “We believe the organization is in excellent hands and we look forward to it continuing to prosper under her leadership.”
Michael Grange: Jay Triano says the draw for Olympic Qualifying is fair; says he’s eying a pool of about 30 players to pick from for the SMNT (senior men’s national team)
Tristan Thompson: Thank u to my big bro @SteveNash for being such an inspiration to Canadian basketball hopefuls like myself. Congratulations on you retirement
The Minnesota Timberwolves duo are playing their first game in Canada as NBA teammates on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors as part of Canada Basketball night. Before the game, they posed for a picture with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Alas, in an embarrasing gaffe, the PMO’s official Twitter tagged Bennett — whose Twitter handle is the really confusing @anthonybennett, not even an underscore — but identified him Kyle Lowry, the Raptors point guard, who is from Philadelphia.
The specifics are still to be determined, but general manager Steve Nash, head coach Jay Triano and company are hoping to use the tournament to prepare for the FIBA Americas, which is being used as the qualification competition for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. That tournament starts in late August. At the top of Canada Basketball’s wish list, obviously, is Andrew Wiggins, soon to be the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Care to commit, Andrew? “It’s a long time away,” Wiggins said before his lone appearance in his quasi-hometown on Wednesday morning. His Timberwolves play the Raptors in the evening. “I’m going to deal with all that once the season is over.”