Stauskas, who represents Canada internationally, chose not to play with his country this summer after playing in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship. “With the time commitment, it wasn’t in my best interest to participate,” Stauskas said. “I felt like I had a lot of things to improve on to get to where I want to be as a professional basketball player. It was a tough decision to say no to Team Canada because I see myself playing with them in the future. I just felt like this summer was very important and I had some things to take care of.”
For the second consecutive year, Canada was one victory from qualifying for the Olympics and for the second consecutive year, Canada came up short, losing to France 83-74 in a qualifying tournament in the Philippines on Sunday. San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker ensured France’s spot in Rio with 26 points, four assists and four rebounds. Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph scored 20 points for Canada.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will play for the Canadian National Team with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics in Brazil this summer, league sources informed cleveland.com.