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Old 07-16-2019, 04:30 PM   #1
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Canada's announced their camp invites for this summer's FIBA Worlds, which will be held beginning of September in China.

http://basketball.ca/en/news-article...-team-training

Notably absent is Wiggins, but every other significant Canadian player is on the invite list, including 7 NBA rookies. Nick Nurse will be leading the coaching staff.

Here's my early guess at the roster:
Olynyk, Birch, Boucher
Powell, Thompson, Lyles
Brooks, Ejim
Barrett, Heslip, Stauskas
Murray, Gilgeous-Alexander, Joseph

It would be easy to imagine Wiltjer, Rautins, Pangos, Alexander-Walker or Clarke making the roster, too. Guards and bigs look good, wings are a noticeable weak-spot. Knowing Nurse, I could definitely see him going small, bringing another guard like Pangos or Scrubb, and using 3 guard lineups heavily.

It's going to be a tough start to the tournament, as they'll be slotted in a seeming group-of-death with Lithuania, Australia, and Senegal, needing to finish top 2 to advance. Sounds like Ben Simmons is 'doubtful' to play for Australia, but they're still a really solid squad.

The goal for Canada (beyond, obviously, medaling) is finishing in the top two in teams from the Americas, which would qualify them for the Olympics. That'll be hard, as every other team from the Americas has an easier group than us (including our archrival Venezuela getting the easiest draw in the tournament).
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:57 PM   #2
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Deep talented team, Canada's best ever I think. Wiggins apparently didn't feel the timing was right. Between his constant turning down his country and all the stupid bickering he and his family get into in Minnesota guy seems like he's kind of a princess off the court.

Was looking at their group, Australia seems talented but not as good as Canada on paper and Canada's got a way better team than Senegal or Lithuania. Hopefully they deliver the results!

Will be interesting to see if that young Canadian who got drafted by the Knicks suits up for Lithuania, media has some reports by his Dada saying he wants him to switch even though he doesn't have Lithuanian citizenship. That feels like a Canadian soccer story having Canadians get poached by their parent's countries.
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Well the idea was fun while it lasted, Murray and SGA officially out. Looks like we're relying on Joseph, Olynyk and a bunch of Scrubbs to make it to the Olympics. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to a competitive team and tournament.
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Well the idea was fun while it lasted, Murray and SGA officially out. Looks like we're relying on Joseph, Olynyk and a bunch of Scrubbs to make it to the Olympics. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to a competitive team and tournament.
Definitely disappointing! Had the potential to put together a really strong team for this tourney. I dont understand why it seems to always fall apart.

Now Chris Boucher has left the team and Kelly Olynyk is injured.
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Cory Joseph has withdrawn, no NBA players left. Pretty disappointing but I'll still be supporting this team every game. Hope they can finish high enough to get us in the last chance tourney next summer.
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