Jay Triano Rumors
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)
The Canadian Senior Men’s National Team will travel to Europe this summer for a series of 11 exhibition games, but it remains unclear if rising Canadian stars Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis or Nik Stauskas will young the team. All three are projected first-round picks in the June 26 NBA Draft, with Wiggins projected as a top-three pick, and they could be busy with their new NBA teams during the European tour which runs July 24-Aug. 12. “We are waiting so that we can build a relationship with the team that drafts these players and make sure that we are doing what is best for everyone involved,” Canadian coach Jay Triano told SNY.tv.
Canadian men’s national team coach Jay Triano expects Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis, Anthony Bennett and the country’s talented young core of basketball players to compete in Olympic qualifying in 2015. But he says the big payoff with this group might not come until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “The future’s going to be great,” Triano, an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, told SheridanHoops.com on Wednesday following a 94-90 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. ”But it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to happen at the next Olympics, it might be the following Olympics.”
Assistant coach Jay Triano was the coach of the Canada’s national team that competed in the FIBA Americas Championship (formerly the Tournament of the Americas) in Venezuela in August and September. The tournament served as a qualifier for next year’s World Cup (formerly the World Championships). Canada, with a team that featured NBA players Andrew Nicholson (Orlando), Cory Joseph (San Antonio) and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), showed plenty of promise by going 3-1 in group play, but lost its final three games by single-digit margins and did not finish in the top four that qualified for the World Cup. “We’re going to be good, but we’ve got to get used to the international game,” Triano said. “We just don’t know how to play the international game – how to not have guys flop against you, the physicality of it, what you can get away with.”
At least 15 NBA assistant coaches, scouts, referees and former NBA coaches are working for national teams at the FIBA Americas, which began Friday in Venezuela, and Eurobasket, which starts Wednesday in Slovenia. The top four teams in Venezuela and the top six teams in Slovenia qualify for the 2014 World Cup. “A lot of the NBA personnel feel they can learn from the international game, and I also think that at the same time, the international teams view the NBA as the best league in the world and they want to use some of the people who prepare and have to know all about getting ready for an 82-game season,” Canada national team coach and Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano said.
Expectations are sky high given the amount of talent being produced, but Canada Basketball GM Steve Nash is trying to temper expectations. Nash and senior men’s head coach Jay Triano met with the media on Monday morning, ahead of a big summer for Canada’s ascending program. “This really is the golden age of Canadian basketball,” Nash started off.
There is no confusion anymore. Whatever the reasons are, it is clear where the players stand. “A couple of years ago, we’d be lucky to have at least five of the top guys in the country at training camp. Now, we’re building something real special here, and guys are realizing that,” said Thompson, the fourth pick in the 2011 draft. “The energy and the vibe is unbelievable right now,” added Toronto’s Myck Kabongo.
Getting Nash back on board was the key to this renaissance. It’s no coincidence that Canada Basketball’s fortunes slipped when Nash distanced himself from the program following Triano’s removal in 2005. “It started with Steve, we had to get our house in order (and the) cornerstone in my mind was Steve,” said Canada Basketball CEO Wayne Parrish following Triano’s rehiring. Suddenly, with Nash back on the scene, the top talent that had been standoffish for years, perhaps taking an “if he’s not involved, why should I be?” approach, decided to fully commit.
“I think gone are the days when you can throw 12 players out there and expect to compete, and I think my time with the United States team showed that,” Triano said. “Jerry Colangelo asked those players for a three-year commitment. When they did that and the players became committed, that’s when they became successful and won back-to-back gold medals.”
The way the Team Canada story goes, as I have heard it (let’s be clear here, this item falls under the journalist categorization of gossip) , is like this: After defeating Yugoslavia in the final game of pool play (Nash had 26, 8 and 8), Nash and backcourt mate Rowan Barrett were having a good time in the Olympic athletes village late at night when they met two female sprinters. They challenged the ladies to a race, and Barrett pulled his hamstring. Canada trailed by 15 at halftime against France in the next game, and McCulloch’s 23 and 9 were not enough. So ended Canada’s latest and greatest gasp for glory in Olympic basketball.
“To have Steve come back — he’s still an NBA basketball player, he doesn’t need to do this — I think is a huge tribute to him, to come back and care about the next generation of Canadians,” said Triano. “That’s what our relationships were about in the past and that’s what they’re about moving forward into the future. We care and we keep passing it along.”
It is entirely logical and sensible and fitting that Steve Nash and Jay Triano should be teaming up to help restore Canada’s international basketball reputation, working together because it’s been that way seemingly forever. “I’ve known Jay for 21, 22 years, since he recruited me to go to Simon Fraser University from Victoria and he’s always been a class act, just a phenomenal person and somebody who always seemed to be selfless,” said Nash, general manager of the Canadian senior men’s team that Triano is now coaching again. “He obviously wanted a young player to go to his university but he was also very honest with me. He told me he thought I should go play basketball in the States and for a coach that’s trying to recruit you, that was a different approach.
It is entirely logical and sensible and fitting that Steve Nash and Jay Triano should be teaming up to help restore Canada’s international basketball reputation, working together because it’s been that way seemingly forever. “I’ve known Jay for 21, 22 years, since he recruited me to go to Simon Fraser University from Victoria and he’s always been a class act, just a phenomenal person and somebody who always seemed to be selfless,” said Nash, general manager of the Canadian senior men’s team that Triano is now coaching again. “He obviously wanted a young player to go to his university but he was also very honest with me. He told me he thought I should go play basketball in the States and for a coach that’s trying to recruit you, that was a different approach. “That meant a lot to me to hear him be honest and hear him be humble and to tell me that he believed in me and that I could go and do great things.”
“One of the very first things Steve said was if I’m going to do this, I need some partners in crime and there’s one guy I’m thinking about,” said Canada Basketball chief executive officer Wayne Parrish. “They are the right combination.” As it has been for years. “One of the things I love about Jay is he’s a basketball lifer, he’s a gym rat . . . if you’re walking down the hall, if you’re in an elevator, if you’re having a beer, the conversation usually is about basketball and he’s got a big smile on his face and he’s completely engaged,” said Nash. “It’s a beautiful thing when you see people passionate about what they do.”
As Canada Basketball moves towards an intriguing future, it has turned to its past. As expected, Jay Triano was named head coach of the senior men’s program on Thursday, his second go-around at the position after previous management bungled his dismissal in 2005.
As expected, Jay Triano was named head coach of the senior men’s program on Thursday, his second go-around at the position after previous management bungled his dismissal in 2005. His replacement, Leo Rautins, resigned last summer and it was quickly clear that Triano was the organization’s top choice to take over, especially if Steve Nash agreed to come on board as well.
In fact, Nash said on Thursday that the hiring of Triano was a requirement of his doing so. “I know that Jay is the right man for this job” Nash said. “He is a confirmed and respected leader in the basketball community and he has the experience and knowledge to lead us towards our goal of becoming one of the leading basketball nations.”
Bruce Arthur: Canada Basketball will announce Jay Triano is the new senior men’s coach today. Really look forward to seeing this team in, say, two years.
Marc J. Spears: New Blazers coach Terry Stotts adds three solid assistants to coaching staff in Jay Triano, Kim Hughes and David Vanterpool.
Ryan Wolstat: Despite his move to Portland, word is Canada Basketball will name Jay Triano head coach of the senior men’s team next Thursday afternoon.
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.