View Full Version : Zags at Canada Senior Men's Training Camp this weekend

08-23-2012, 03:08 PM
From Basketball.ca (http://www.basketball.ca/canada-basketball-announces-senior-men-s-national-team-camp-and-invited-athletes--p151673):
TORONTO – Today at the Canada Basketball media conference, it was announced that the Senior Men’s National Team will be holding a training camp from August 24th to August 28th in Toronto, Ontario at the Air Canada Centre. Below outlines the players who will participate in the camp.

Kelly Olynyk
Kevin Pangos
Rob Sacre

Some great talent listed on that roster! Future is bright for Team Canada!

Elsewhere, I like this pic of Kevin from a photo gallery (http://www.sportsnet.ca/gallery/2012/08/23/daily_gallery_mens_national_team_camp_roster/) of some of the players on the roster:


08-23-2012, 03:58 PM
Oh Canzaga!

They could put a Bulldog or GU patch somewhere on the jerseys, eh?

08-23-2012, 04:00 PM
Good story from canada.com (http://www.sportsnet.ca/gallery/2012/08/23/daily_gallery_mens_national_team_camp_roster/):
With Nash as the GM, plenty of optimism for national men’s basketball program

Basketball Canada is another step closer to qualifying a men’s team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with the return of Jay Triano to the head-coaching job.

Triano’s return was a foregone conclusion after Wayne Parrish, the head man at Basketball Canada (full disclosure, he’s an old friend who is also one of my bosses in the Postmedia chain), began a major rebuilding project with the appointment of NBA icon Steve Nash as the general manager of the national team. Nash, a two-time most valuable player in the NBA, played for Triano in 2000, the last time the Canadian men qualified for the Olympics. They were also together in 2004 when Canada finished one spot short in the Americas qualifying tournament despite Nash earning MVP honours.

Nash said Thursday that one of the conditions of his accepting the GM job was the return of Triano to the head- coaching post he left in 2005 following a contract dispute with Basketball Canada.

Triano returns at a time when the talent pool in Canada has never been deeper, but there’s a dual challenge facing the Nash-Triano duo. The first is instilling a desire in the young players to compete for their country. With many of the best players heading to the U.S. for high school and college, Basketball Canada must work to develop a sense of national pride with strong programs at the youth levels and during the summer.

The hiring of Nash provided the program with credibility, and his main job will be to interact with players and sell them on the idea of playing for Canada.
Triano has coaching experience. After playing for the national team, he returned to his alma mater, Simon Fraser University, as head coach and later joined the Vancouver Grizzlies as a colour commentator. He joined the Toronto Raptors as an assistant coach in 2005 and became the first Canadian head coach in NBA history in 2008. He became the Raptors’ vice-president of pro scouting in 2011, but returned to coaching last week, accepting an assistant-coaching position with the Portland Trail Blazers. He’ll be joined on the national team staff by three successful coaches – Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, Carleton head coach Dave Smart and Greg Francis, a national team veteran now coaching at the University of Waterloo.

Triano will have some holdovers from the current national team, including Montreal’s Joel Anthony, a shot-blocking presence from the NBA-champion Miami Heat. But the future belongs to a group of talented youngsters. It starts with Tristan Thomas and Cory Joseph, who were NBA rookies last season. Andrew Nicholson from St. Bonaventure was the first foreign player taken in the first round of this year’s NBA draft, while Montrealer Kris Joseph from Syracuse and Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre were second-round picks. Kevin Pangos started for Gonzaga as a freshman, and he and Baylor’s Brady Heslip give Canada the kind of three-point threat so necessary in the international game. And everyone is waiting for Andrew Wiggins, who is considered the top high school prospect in North America in the class of 2014.

08-23-2012, 04:17 PM
From Basketball.ca (http://www.basketball.ca/canada-basketball-announces-senior-men-s-national-team-camp-and-invited-athletes--p151673):

Kelly Olynyk
Kevin Pangos
Rob Sacre

Some great talent listed on that roster! Future is bright for Team Canada!

Elsewhere, I like this pic of Kevin from a photo gallery (http://www.sportsnet.ca/gallery/2012/08/23/daily_gallery_mens_national_team_camp_roster/) of some of the players on the roster:


Thanks ZN for the link, just got into work and saw the list myself.

Almost all of the old guard is gone (and Andy Rautins is not present....) with the exception of point guard Anderson and the Heat's Anthony. The list includes some players who haven't even played college ball yet and as far as I can see there are no games scheduled, so it is most likely a chance for the new coach and staff to aquaint themsleves with the next generation of Canadians coming through.

The good thing is that practically everyone has played with the national program at some level already, so they already understand what is expected of them. I disagree with the article in that almost all of them have shown interest in continuing to play for the national team. Some just had issues with the previous coach.........

Having Andrew Nicholson and Kris Joseph there is a bonus. Triano and Nash will command respect so there shouldn't be any "issues" with individual players. As to others not there, I understand that Wiggins and Ennis had other things on and Anthony Bennet is currently injured.

Still, I would love to be in attendance as I am sure there will be some interesting drills and scrimmages (Kabongo vs Pangos).

From a Zag perspective it looks like Kelly and Rob have good chances of making the squad next year as only Joel Anthony would be considered a Centre, with Rob obviously battling him out and Kelly providing both Centre and Power Forward coverage.

In my mind as talented and athletic as Cory, Myck and Junior are, KP will most likely be the future #1 Canadian point guard when Anderson retires. I wouldn't be suprised if he is the backup by next year as he has the most international experience and is more of a complete player than Kabongo and Cadougan. Yes Cory plays in the NBA, but he is more of a Combo guard in my mind. KP is a team leader and is the most like Nash who will have some input when it comes to playing style etc.

Finally from a B.C. perspective it is great to see both Phil Scrubb and Kyle Wiltjer at the camp. Scrubb is a real talent that, if he had played high school ball in Ontario would most likley have been inundated with D1 offers.

08-23-2012, 07:15 PM
With so many 2-guards from prior teams not in camp, and presumably not in the plans going forward (Rautins, English, Brown, and Famutimi), I think C. Joseph will be used at the 2. And I think the 2013 squad will include one more PG behind Anderson. S it will probably come down to Pangos competing with Kabongo and Cadougan for one spot.

Re Sacre and Oylynk, I think the 2013 roster will have 5 bigs - Anthony, Sacre, Thompson, and Nicholson being locks or probables, and then one spot for Birch, Wiltjer, Powell, or Olynyk. KO does have the experience advantage.

If Dalembert is back on board it could complicate things. (he couldn't make to the session b/c of overseas charity work)

No games planned for this summer - this is just a chance to get everyone together.

Great to see Nicholson and K. Joseph involved. Pretty much every young pro and college guy who I hoped would be there was.

08-23-2012, 08:07 PM
I guess if they want to qualify for the Olympics in '16 they are getting an early start.

Can't get much earlier than this so I can fully understand why this camp has H.S. kids and some unproven talent. At this point you invite who ever you feel will be Canada's best in 2016.

Olynyk and Pangos will be graduated by then and in the NBA! So they definitely are working on having an experienced and "family" type team.

Go Canada, I hope you get silver behind the USA Gold!

08-25-2012, 12:10 PM
sounds fun!

08-25-2012, 12:26 PM
Thanks, nonzagzag! Fun stuff!

08-25-2012, 01:24 PM
Report from the Toronto Star (http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/article/1246958--canada-s-best-hoopsters-eager-to-prove-they-belong-on-world-stage):
It was a sight never before seen.

And the talent?

Every NBA player from Canada took part in the day’s drills, there was 16-year-old budding star Trey Lyles stunning some observers with his skills, national team veterans like Montreal’s Joel Anthony and Kelly Olynyk were there, young prep school star Anthony Bennett was a late addition to the camp. Robert Sacre, a Laker draft pick, came in at the last minute.

And that was just the second group, the guards, with a two-time MVP working with them like he was one of the kids, were gone before the prying eyes of the media were allowed in the gym.

It was, truly, a day like no other.

“It was a phenomenal first day,” said Nash.

08-25-2012, 01:43 PM
Three of our kids up there. Amazing progress in the past 10 years at GU. I hope Kelly's a best down low this year. Thrilling for the youngsters to have Nash coaching them. No wonder Kevin's such a heady and smart player. He's a kid who pays attention. I suspect he'll be a coach someday.

08-26-2012, 02:56 PM
Triano played at Simon Frazer with a guy that went to my high school.

08-27-2012, 08:27 AM
Nash will really propel Team Canada...will be fun to follow.

08-27-2012, 01:27 PM
new articles and pictures: Pangos & Sacre quotes

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/2012/08/27/canada_basketball_jay_triano_expects_four_year_com mitment/


a ton of pictures including a blurry KO running the break with Steve Nash:

08-27-2012, 01:55 PM
From the Globe and Mail (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/triano-expects-four-year-commitment-to-national-team-from-players/article4502799/?service=mobile):
This recent camp shows Canada may have turned a corner as far as getting its best players out. NBA regulars Joel Anthony and Tristan Thompson were among those taking part, along with up-and-comers Kris Joseph, Cory Joseph and Andrew Nicholson.

Recent Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Robert Sacre was there along with former Gonzaga teammates Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk. And top prospect Tyler Ennis flew in from an elite high school basketball showcase in Los Angeles to take part on the last day of the camp.

“If we’re going to be successful guys are going to commit,” Triano said. “The fact that they’re here working as hard as they are right now speaks volumes to their commitment. We’re going to have to decide as a staff which players we want to move forward and be part of our commitment to the program.”

In order to build for Rio, Nash and Triano hope to involve young players like Ennis early and get them used to spending their summers working with the national team.
Although Canada wasn’t involved in Olympic basketball competition this summer, getting almost 30 players together wasn’t easy. Players like Sacre were involved in the NBA’s summer league and will be leaving for training camp next month, allowing just a small window to attend the national team’s camp.

“I don’t even know where I live any more,” Sacre said. “I basically live out of a backpack and a suitcase and I go from there.”

But Sacre, who played college basketball on a team boasting a few Canadians, said he felt that coming to the camp and committing to the national team allowed him to be part of something special.

“I wanted to do this to get better and also represent my country,” he said. “I talked to Jamaal Magloire and he felt there was a different chemistry and a different vibe, and I felt that as well. A lot of guys are looking at this as an opportunity to be a part of something special, and it’s great to see that.”

08-27-2012, 02:37 PM
Triano also played with SF in a game at K1 back in the day. Nice player as I recall

08-28-2012, 06:57 AM
Oh Canzaga!

They could put a Bulldog or GU patch somewhere on the jerseys, eh?

or oh Gonzanada! eh?

08-29-2012, 02:08 PM
video from camp (with Pangos interview)


08-29-2012, 02:56 PM
video from camp (with Pangos interview)


Wow. Is Kelly trying to look like Bjorn Borg?

08-30-2012, 10:50 AM
KO looks huge.

It would be nice if the pipeline of Canadian talent to Gonzaga continues.

08-30-2012, 12:20 PM
Ronny pulled off using his hair as a distraction when he would fro it out, I dont think Kelly is going to be able to have the same effect.