Basketball Canada and it’s Men’s National Team took on Team China in an exhibition game played on June 24th in Victoria, B.C. at the Save-On Foods Memorial Center.
Planet Hoops was fortunate enough to attend to see first hand what this years Canadian team looks like and it did not disappoint. Basketball Canada is doing something right.
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Coach Jay Triano and his staff have assembled a young but very athletic and talented squad in an effort to try to qualify for the World Cup of Basketball, which will be held next year (2019) in 8 host cities of China.
Triano’s Coaching staff consists of Roy Rana, Dave Smart, Scott Morrison and Nathaniel Mitchell. There are also a plethora of support staff including a Strength Coach, Video Coordinator, Scout, Performance Analyst, Communications manager, 2 Athletic Therapists, Team Managers, Team Doctor and a Sports Psychologist. That’s a lot of Staff for one team but when you are dealing with NBA players and trying to compete with the World’s best you need to bring in the best people to support your efforts.
The Basketball Canada men’s roster is also quite impressive, including NBA players Kelly Olynyk (who did not play in the Victoria game because the Miami Heat didn’t want him to), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Boucher (Golden State Warriors) and Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies). Cory Joseph (Indiana Pacers) and Khem Birch (Orlando Magic) were not available for this series but will be available to play when Canada plays this weekend in Toronto against Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Andrew Nicholson (ex NBA and now playing in China) and Andrew Bennet (ex NBA and now playing in the G League are also on the team.
The rest of the roster is made up on excellent Overseas pros such as Brady Heslip. Phil and Tommy Scrubb, Melvin Ejim and a few others. Nice squad. See Rosters below.