Their email explained that the customer data that could have potentially been accessed by hackers may include names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and “other information you provided when you entered an online NBA contest.” According to the NBA’s email statement, the breach only impacts those who have recently entered one of their online contests in Canada.
Mike Ganter: Nick Nurse with some strong words on Canada’s inability to attract available talent: “I think the biggest thing is we need an introduction, some of the guys need an introduction to the national team, right? I think the guys who are here right now have all played a little bit, continue to grow as they stay together, but some of the guys we need to see, I dunno, I guess they need to find out why or why not they’re gonna play or commit to playing.”
He had no idea he’d have to do it with one hand tied behind his back. “When I considered [the job] I thought there would be a majority of NBA guys playing, which I thought made sense as an NBA coach to have an NBA guy coaching them,” Nurse said on Wednesday.
Nurse said he intends on playing a bigger recruiting role. It was tough this time around, he said, because he had his hands full with the Raptors’ lengthy season. “I think I have got to try and develop some relationships with some of these guys and see where they are at,” Nurse said after practice. “But I need more information. I need a better understanding of why or why not? Will they or will they not participate, and why or why not?”
If Canada does earn a second-chance berth? Who’ll show up to play? “I think that no matter what we do, and Steve [Nash] mentioned this years ago, in the end this is the players’ program,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball’s general manager. “It’s their program, and so if we want to win, ultimately it’s going to come on the backs of the players.”
Canada’s men’s basketball team finally has a World Cup victory — and some positive momentum in a FIBA World Cup tournament that had been a non-stop narrative of disappointment. Cory Joseph will take it. “It’s always good when there’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, that’s always good,” the Sacramento Kings guard said.