Monday, June 23, 2008

Those Canadians aren't to be taken lightly this summer.

For the first time in many years, Canada Basketball is putting together a solid contingent of players to represent the country in it's bid for the Beijing Olympics. However, to get there, they will have to earn one of three berths in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens, Greece July 14-20.

With current NBA bigs Samuel Dalembert, (Sixers), and Joel Anthony, (Heat), alongside a number of professional and seasoned international players, they will have to beat out squads like Brazil, Germany, Puerto Rico, Greece and Slovenia among others. Meanwhile, no sign of Denham Brown at camp, and Jamaal Magloire still continues to ignore Basketball Canada like a Queen Street squeegee kid. The team isn't going to be in any worse shape without those guys, but it sure would be great if Steve Nash was on the roster.

Nash, has said he won't be participating in international hoops this summer, but that hasn't stopped Coach Leo Rautins from extending an open invitation for him to show up whenever he wants to play. With Nash giving his heart and soul to the program over the years, and with his constant preservation of his body and his health, you cannot blame him. But aside from his playmaking, leadership and pedigree, who doesn't want a guy who can do this?

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