By Lori Ewing The Canadian Press Sun., April 7, 2019 Kelly Olynyk knows Canada has a crucial coaching decision to make — and he hopes it comes soon. “Hopefully they figure it out sooner rather than later so that we have a little time to get things rolling,” Olynyk said Sunday morning. The Miami Heat forward and a cornerstone of Canada’s national basketball team was responding to a recent report that the search for a head coach for this summer’s World Cup is down to two candidates: Roy Rana, who guided Canada to gold at the U19 world championships in 2017, and Gord Herbert, who’s coached in Europe for the past 20 years. Sportsnet reported that Ettore Messina, a longtime assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs who was believed to be the front-runner for the job, had recently withdrawn his name from consideration. Messina’s departure came shortly after longtime Canadian coach Jay Triano pulled out of the hiring process. “I … [Read more...] about Canadian team mainstay Kelly Olynyk hopes World Cup coaching decision comes soon
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By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sat., March 16, 2019 To be considered a good team you have to beat good teams, and Canada will get a chance to prove itself right off the bat in its return to significant global basketball competition. On Saturday, the Canadian men were drawn into a first-round group with Lithuania, Australia and Senegal for this summer’s World Cup in China, facing difficult opposition in their first major event since the 2010 world championship. Only two of those four teams will advance to a second group stage and have a chance to make it to the knockout playoff round. As important, it will be virtually impossible for Canada to automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics without finishing in one of the top two first-round spots. Only seven teams and host Japan are guaranteed spots in the 2020 Games, and only the top two from FIBA Americas are promised berths. Concede one of those to the United States — as anyone who has even a … [Read more...] about Canadian men face stiff test at FIBA World Cup
More College Hoops Offensive explosion in win over No. 11 UNC puts No. 7 Michigan among elie Forrest defense, late bucket lifts Florida St past Purdue Wednesday’s Things to Know: Florida State, Michigan earn big home wins Periodically, over the course of the coming seven months, we will be posting an updated mock draft here on College Basketball Talk. This will be different than other mocks, mind you. We’re not as much projecting who is going to be picked where — that is impossible to do right now, as the NBA season is six weeks old and the NBA changed their lottery rules to flatten out the odds of who gets the first pick — as much as take a look at where, in a vacuum, a player should be picked. With that in mind, one of the objectives of this mock will be to take a deeper dive into a handful of the most intriguing prospects in the mock each and every week. This isn’t meant to be just a place to rank prospects, the goal is to … [Read more...] about 2019 Mock NBA Draft: Who are the 30 best prospects in college basketball?
By Isabelle Khurshudyan The Washington Post Thu., Nov. 29, 2018 Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C’ on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them, Vancouver general manager Jim Benning just didn’t think his young, rebuilding team was completely ready to replace them, and he didn’t feel it was right to make one player the public voice of the locker room just yet. Rather than award one player a ‘C’ so soon after the Sedins’ retirement, four players — Alex Edler, Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter and Chris Tanev — wear an ‘A’ as assistant captains, sharing a leadership responsibility that can often be too heavy for one player alone. “Being a Canadian team in a Canadian marketplace, I feel that there’s a lot … [Read more...] about No captain, my captain — tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., Nov. 25, 2018 This is certainly the longest mailbag we’ve had in recent memory, mostly because there was all kinds of questions and reaction to a Grey Cup item earlier in the week. So I’d suggest maybe reading this in shifts but being back for the 6 p.m. that leads into the of Le Couple Grey Cup. - Q: Hello Doug, I like the Grey Cup. Because it's Canadian and usually a better game than that spectacle to the south in (now) early February. And for the past couple of years I can't even think of that event without the visual of an aging Roger Daltry coming to mind. Article Continued Below Maybe the Boomer Generation will be the last one for whom the Grey Cup was An Event. And it was such an event, wasn't it? Lots of us kids at the time went to more Grey Cup Parades than Santa Claus Parades. Driving downtown, finding a parking space. Scouting out the best viewing spot hours before it started, … [Read more...] about Grey Cup? Great Canadian tradition and it dominates the mail