Leo Rautins Rumors

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.
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.”