Doug Smith: Glen Grunwald, who led an era of unprecedented growth in the game, stepping down as Canada Basketball CEO, to be replaced by Michael Bartlett. Former Raptors and Knicks GM will stay on in a consulting role.
Doug Smith: His contributions over 3 years set the organization on an upward arc in both the development of the sport and the national teams programs. Known him for 25-plus years and he’s one of the good ones, no question about it.
Lu Dort’s schedule didn’t allow time for “anything stupid,” as he described it. Early-morning trips to school and late-night returns from practice bookended Dort’s days growing up in Montreal-Nord — a northeastern borough that runs alongside the Riviere des Prairies in Canada’s second-largest city. “Sometimes Montreal Nord can be kind of tough,” said Dort, whose brand of defense exudes toughness. Dort was recognized Friday for his inspirational journey from Montreal-Nord to the NBA.
The 22-year-old Thunder guard, set to enter his third season, received a medal of honor from the Quebec National Assembly. It was presented to him at his former high school by assembly member Paule Robitaille. Raptors forward Chris Boucher, who also grew up in Montreal-Nord, received the same medal alongside Dort. The medal is given to Quebec public figures for their “career work and social commitment,” according to the national assembly.