HoopsHype Jay Triano 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

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

August 30, 2013 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

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“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.” Toronto Globe & Mail

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. Toronto Sun

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. Toronto Sun

August 26, 2012 Updates

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. Toronto Star

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. SheridanHoops

August 25, 2012 Updates

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.” Toronto Star

“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.” Toronto Star

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