HoopsHype Canada rumors

February 7, 2014 Updates

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.” SheridanHoops

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France has the most international players, including the Spurs' Tony Parker, with 10. Canada has eight representatives while Australia and Spain each have five. Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Russia and Turkey each have four. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

October 4, 2013 Updates

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.” Oregonian

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One of the more peculiar developments of the NBA offseason has been the switch of Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson to become a right-handed shooter. Previously, the fellow Brampton, Ontario, native as No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett also shot with his left hand. Not anymore, as we’ve learned last month. Sunday afternoon, Rogers Sportsnet’s Michael Grange lit up the NBA world with this tweet: “Update: Tristan Thompson is now 29/37 (78%) FTs right-handed over nine games. Was 58% career as a lefty.” Waiting For Next Year

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Celtics rookie 7-footer Kelly Olynyk will not compete for the Canadian national team this summer because of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It’s considered a nagging but painful injury. “Nothing too serious, but he just needs to rest and recover,” a source close to the Canadian national team said Monday. Boston Globe

July 29, 2013 Updates

Canada’s senior men’s basketball team will be without two key players for its short summer season. A shoulder injury will sideline NBA No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett while Canada’s second 2013 lottery pick, Kelly Olynyk has been forced out of the qualification tournament for the 2014 basketball World Cup. “He’s so keen about wanting to play but the Celtics had some concerns,” national team head coach Jay Triano said of Olynyk, who has been with senior program since 2010. Toronto Star

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