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ZagNative
08-10-2015, 03:00 PM
Per basketball.ca, (http://basketball.ca/en/news-article/mens-national-team-announces-2015-fiba-americas-training-camp-ro)

ORONTO, ON - The Canadian Men's National Team has announced the 16 athletes, including 10 players from the NBA, who will attend training camp in Toronto, ON from August 14-20 in advance of the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City.

"We have a talented mix of NBA and pro athletes and we're excited to get them in the gym together," said Head Coach Jay Triano. "This camp will be an opportunity to train, build team chemistry and prepare for a tough and important tournament with the goal of qualifying for Rio."

Triano will be joined by Assistants Dave Smart (Ottawa, ON), David Vanterpool (Washington, DC) and Bryan Gates (New Orleans, LA).

Tryouts and training camp will take place from August 14-20 at the Air Canada Centre. Full training camp roster and staff list below.

The team will participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City, Mexico from August 31-September 12. The 1st and 2nd place teams will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

In advance of the FIBA Americas, Team Canada will head to Puerto Rico to participate in the Tuto Marchand 5-team exhibition tournament from August 23-26.

Invitees:

Bennett, Anthony
Bhullar, Sim
Doornekamp, Aaron
Ejim, Melvin
English, Carl
Hanlan, Olivier
Heslip, Brady
Joseph, Cory
Murray, Jamal
Nicholson, Andrew
Olynyk, Kelly
Powell, Dwight
Sacre, Robert
Scrubb, Phil
Stauskas, Nik
Wiggins, Andrew

DixieZag
08-10-2015, 04:02 PM
Will Rob Sacre make the team?

Mojo13
08-10-2015, 06:41 PM
Will Rob Sacre make the team?

I think it is near certain. Rob is the only serviceable true center on that list and his skill set will be very much needed. Fiba is a very rough and tumble game. Very different from NBA or ncaa ball. Someone will be needed to take offense when Wiggins gets manhandled on a drive to the hoop. Canada's roster doesn't scream "tough guys". Most are young and inexperienced and will be susceptible to getting abused by wily fiba vets. Big Rob will have an important enforcer/defensive anchor type role while chipping in some buckets.

Keys to this team are KO, Cory Joseph and Wiggins. Next in importance is a long range wing stepping up (Stauskas, Heslip, English?), PF depth and then Big Rob bringing some manliness to the kids.

DixieZag
08-10-2015, 06:51 PM
I think it is near certain. Rob is the only serviceable true center on that list and his skill set will be very much needed. Fiba is a very rough and tumble game. Very different from NBA or ncaa ball. Someone will be needed to take offense when Wiggins gets manhandled on a drive to the hoop. Canada's roster doesn't scream "tough guys". Most are young and inexperienced and will be susceptible to getting abused by wily fiba vets. Big Rob will have an important enforcer/defensive anchor type role while chipping in some buckets.

Keys to this team are KO, Cory Joseph and Wiggins. Next in importance is a long range wing stepping up (Stauskas, Heslip, English?), PF depth and then Big Rob bringing some manliness to the kids.

That's really cool. I hope you're right. Thanks for the great answer. Hope Kevin gets a shot at it some day.

OZZY
08-10-2015, 07:45 PM
If Kevin was not invited to the camp (and declined for some reason) then I am disgusted with Canada Basketball management, especially as he has such a strong connection with KO and Big Rob.

:(

Mojo13
08-10-2015, 07:55 PM
If Kevin was not invited to the camp (and declined for some reason) then I am disgusted with Canada Basketball management, especially as he has such a strong connection with KO and Big Rob.

:(
Save your disgust for something other than Team Canada mgmt. which is mostly Steve Nash, Rowen Barratt and Jay Triano by the way. Who are all very close to KP.

Kevin is supposed to report to Spain in a couple weeks to get acclimated. He was not really in the picture all summer - choosing summer league instead of the PanAms. Typically most rooks are focused on their first pro contract and don't participate in national team duties. Hanlan is the exception here as maybe he needs to get to Lithuania at a later date. KP will be involved with Team Canada down the road but he has some work to do as he is arguably the 4th or 5th PG on the depth list.

Bogozags
08-11-2015, 07:38 AM
Wondering why Tristan Thompson isn't on this roster...have not seen a better offensive rebounder in quite some time...maybe since Paul Silas...

webspinnre
08-11-2015, 07:43 AM
Wondering why Tristan Thompson isn't on this roster...have not seen a better offensive rebounder in quite some time...maybe since Paul Silas...

Might have something to do with his ongoing contract dispute.

Mojo13
08-11-2015, 09:12 AM
Might have something to do with his ongoing contract dispute.

Correct. Announced yesterday that Tristan is officially out because of contract dispute and inability to insure him.
Other notable absences:
Tyler Ennis - recovering from off season shoulder surgery.
Trey Lyles (Jazz) - Rookie season getting acclimated to his first pro season (Like Pangos).
Andy Rautins - unknown by me. I think he may be without a pro contract right now and might be uninsurable
Sam Dalembert - falling out with Team Canada many years ago and hasn't been involved for the past five years
Joel Anthony (Pistons) - getting up there in age and I think just passing the torch


Outside of Thompson and Ennis I think we have our best available guys (maybe Rautins is better than English or Heslip). I wouldn't mind Pangos there as I dont think Murray can play due to NCAA regs and KP is a better pure PG than Hanlan and more experienced with FIBA ball.

My ideal roster from that list:

Joseph, Hanlan
Stauskas, English, Heslip
Wiggins, Ejim (although Doornekamp probably gets the nod)
Nicholson, Bennett
Olynyk, Sacre, Powell

Not bad, but very young and inexperienced in FIBA. Unfortunately qualifying for the Olympics will all come down to a single semi-final game in a hostile environment where anything can happen.

DixieZag
08-11-2015, 11:50 AM
Had Pangos made the team, or even be invited, it would be amazing to have 3 players of that caliber coming from little Gonzaga.

I sure hope that these successes pay dividends down the road.

OZZY
08-11-2015, 01:16 PM
Had Pangos made the team, or even be invited, it would be amazing to have 3 players of that caliber coming from little Gonzaga.

I sure hope that these successes pay dividends down the road.

Obviously I am disappointed that Kevin is not there...

He would only be used as a pure point guard and may not have the height and athleticism to play the 2 at this level. Hanlan and Scrubb have a bit of height on him.

I sure hope he kicks but in Europe over the next couple of years and pushes his way on to the team...

Mojo13
08-19-2015, 12:26 PM
Final twelve should be announced Thursday or Friday and then they are off to Puerto Rico for four warm up games (Tuto Marchand Cup) with ARG, BRA, DR and PR - Starting this Sunday against ARG.

KO should be starting and I fully expect Rob to make they team as see significant minutes backing up KO.

FIBA Americas which starts at the end of the month - may see 10 games in ten days for Canada so lots of playing time to go around as teams are going to need to dig deep.

ZagNative
08-20-2015, 09:44 AM
Roster for Tuto Marchand tournament announced: http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-article/mens-national-team-announces-2015-tuto-marchand-continental-cup


TORONTO, ON (August 20) - The Canadian Men's National Team has announced the 13 athletes, who will attend the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup exhibition tournament in Puerto Rico from August 23-26, ahead of the 2015 FIBA Americas Men's Championship in Mexico City.

"We've had an intense camp and we’re looking forward to transitioning into game play," said Jay Triano, Head Coach. "Tuto Marchand will give us an opportunity to play against some of our key competition prior to the Olympic qualifier."

Triano will be joined by Assistants Dave Smart (Ottawa, ON), David Vanterpool (Washington, DC) and Bryan Gates (New Orleans, LA).

Team Canada will take on Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the 5-team exhibition tournament. Click here for full schedule.

Following the exhibition tournament, the Men's National Team will announce the final 12 players who will represent Canada at the FIBA Americas, where the 1st and 2nd place teams will qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Fans can watch the exhibition tournament at LiveBasketball.TV

The 2015 FIBA Americas Championship takes place in Mexico City, Mexico from August 31-September 12.

Bennett, Anthony
Doornekamp, Aaron
Ejim, Melvin
Hanlan, Olivier
Heslip, Brady
Joseph, Cory
Nicholson, Andrew
Olynyk, Kelly
Powell, Dwight
Sacre, Robert
Scrubb, Phil
Stauskas, Nik
Wiggins, Andrew

sittingon50
08-20-2015, 10:30 AM
Congrats to Rob & Kelly!!

:clap:

GonzagasaurusFlex
08-20-2015, 11:21 AM
Roster for Tuto Marchand tournament announced: http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-article/mens-national-team-announces-2015-tuto-marchand-continental-cup

Bennett, Anthony
Doornekamp, Aaron
Ejim, Melvin
Hanlan, Olivier
Heslip, Brady
Joseph, Cory
Nicholson, Andrew
Olynyk, Kelly
Powell, Dwight
Sacre, Robert
Scrubb, Phil
Stauskas, Nik
Wiggins, Andrew

Guess the youngster PG, Jamal Murray, will be in Kentucky for first week of school. Coach Cal must be thrilled. After watching PanAm games, I'm surprised but it's probably best for him academically.

ZagNative
08-20-2015, 11:37 AM
I've calendared the games involving Sacre and Olynyk for Canada in the Tuto Marchand cup and JP Batista for Brazil.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V_lnAUHPhj0/VdZCoV5sHGI/AAAAAAACkTU/mf3cjkjC5lI/s1010-Ic42/2015-08-20%252520tuto%252520marchand-1.jpg

Mojo13
08-20-2015, 05:49 PM
I've calendared the games involving Sacre and Olynyk for Canada in the Tuto Marchand cup and JP Batista for Brazil.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V_lnAUHPhj0/VdZCoV5sHGI/AAAAAAACkTU/mf3cjkjC5lI/s1010-Ic42/2015-08-20%252520tuto%252520marchand-1.jpg

Thanks! But I think those times are not right. I believe CAN v ARG starts at 1:30pm pacific this Sunday. Don't have the others in front of me.

ZagNative
08-20-2015, 05:56 PM
Oops! I didn't enter the times. That's the default time in Excel when I don't specify a time. For game times, see http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/event/p/sid/11750/schedule.html and adjust for time difference from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Marcus
08-23-2015, 08:12 AM
Does anyone know if the game is going to be online today?

ZagNative
08-23-2015, 12:47 PM
Live Stats (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/19/93/605JNBvQsHxsc/). Canada leads 24-18 with 2 mins left in the first quarter.

Marcus
08-23-2015, 12:54 PM
Live Stats (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/19/93/605JNBvQsHxsc/). Canada leads 24-18 with 2 mins left in the first quarter.

Thanks for the link.

ZagNative
08-23-2015, 02:37 PM
Canada wins it 85-80.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OpGOElBkkMo/VdpKZuHnovI/AAAAAAACkY0/-LwK6QdDvlg/s1024-Ic42/2015-08-23%252520Olynyk%252520canada.jpg

What's the deal with KO's turnovers?

stretch
08-23-2015, 03:30 PM
Olynyk bumped knees with an Argentinian guard and went down. He left the game and did not return.

ZagNative
08-23-2015, 03:32 PM
JP Batista leading all scorers for Brazil with 8 points as Brazil trails Puerto Rico 21-25. That's 4 of 5 shooting in 4:22 minutes of play.

stretch
08-23-2015, 03:34 PM
JP Batista leading all scorers for Brazil with 8 points as Brazil trails Puerto Rico 21-25. Live Stats (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/21/12/16wSWccEyEDA2/)

Here is a link to that game: http://www.sintelevisor.com/tv/directvsports.html

It's the same link as the Canada Argentina game was.

ZagNative
08-23-2015, 05:16 PM
Brazil Loses big, 66-79. JP led all scorers for Brazil.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HLMCHf7mkcE/VdpvS3w26dI/AAAAAAACkaA/Q04i0HEjjkw/s1024-Ic42/2015-08-23%252520JP%252520batista%252520puerto%252520rico. jpg

ZagNative
08-24-2015, 10:18 AM
Canada Plays Brazil today at 2:45. I'll be looking for live stats here (http://www.fibaamericas.com/tuto2015/en/).

Meanwhile, a couple of pics from yesterday...

A nice one of #13, Mr. Batista, star of the game for Brazil ....

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HLMCHf7mkcE/VdpvS3w26dI/AAAAAAACkcU/boKpOs1_rD8/s748-Ic42/2015-08-23%252520JP%252520batista%252520puerto%252520rico. jpg

Also, Mr. Olynyk...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EPYVF--NtkI/VdtUosxQ72I/AAAAAAACkcA/9xjAip4iAoU/s512-Ic42/7a2cd4f864a14477a979b74506bfb03d.jpg

Mojo13
08-24-2015, 11:33 AM
KO got his knee a little banged up yesterday. Hopefully nothing too serious but it could keep him out of today's game.

Perhaps it gives more time to Sacre who played zero minutes yesterday. I can't get a good read on the Canada Basketball's intentions with Sacre. Canada needs to cut one more player. Perhaps zero minutes is an indication that Sacre is a possible cut? Or maybe a lock, but they are getting evaluation time for other guys they are thinking of cutting (Powell, Ejim, Doornekamp?).

With only 4 warm up games they really should be defining roles, rotation and chemistry at this point....so maybe Sacre is at risk of the final cut. I'd think we'd need his size and strength but perhaps there are no big bodies on other teams so the need for Sacre is lessened?

stretch
08-24-2015, 02:22 PM
Ragged first quarter. Sacre going against Batista right now.

ZagNative
08-24-2015, 02:27 PM
Live Stats (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/21/13/19aBAvL0Ixxb2/)

OZZY
08-24-2015, 04:33 PM
KO got his knee a little banged up yesterday. Hopefully nothing too serious but it could keep him out of today's game.

Perhaps it gives more time to Sacre who played zero minutes yesterday. I can't get a good read on the Canada Basketball's intentions with Sacre. Canada needs to cut one more player. Perhaps zero minutes is an indication that Sacre is a possible cut? Or maybe a lock, but they are getting evaluation time for other guys they are thinking of cutting (Powell, Ejim, Doornekamp?).

With only 4 warm up games they really should be defining roles, rotation and chemistry at this point....so maybe Sacre is at risk of the final cut. I'd think we'd need his size and strength but perhaps there are no big bodies on other teams so the need for Sacre is lessened?

I think one of the factors will be how KO's knee is. They have plenty of PF and SF options, but no-one else who can play the true centre role. After Powell's game today can't see him being dropped. I think it is down to Hanlon or Ejim, and they probably need to keep Hanlon, just in case of injury. IMHO I can see Doornekamp being kept over Ejim...

Mojo13
08-24-2015, 09:11 PM
I think one of the factors will be how KO's knee is. They have plenty of PF and SF options, but no-one else who can play the true centre role. After Powell's game today can't see him being dropped. I think it is down to Hanlon or Ejim, and they probably need to keep Hanlon, just in case of injury. IMHO I can see Doornekamp being kept over Ejim...

I agree. Ejim is my leading guess. Then maybe Hanlan.
They were quite clear saying KO was ok and will be playing tomorrow.

Rob was pretty bad today but I think he can do better. He was trying to do too much on offense. Really bad shot selection and bad passes. Like he was trying to prove something. Just play hard D, screen, rebound and finish. That is all we need.
Triano had a little talk with him after pulling him out after a couple goofy plays.

hooter73
08-25-2015, 07:23 AM
I love Sacre, I really do and always have, but I've never understood him as he seems to be an anomaly. By that I mean I know he does all the intangibles that dont show up on stats sheets, and h does them all so well he got drafted and resigned in the NBA, but to basically never have any stats, on its face it always is just a head scratcher to me.

ZagNative
08-25-2015, 02:00 PM
Live stats Canada vs Dominican Republic (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/21/15/12uE316lQvlQ/)

Looks like KO's not playing again.

Zagger
08-26-2015, 12:11 AM
Live stats Canada vs Dominican Republic (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/21/15/12uE316lQvlQ/)

Looks like KO's not playing again.

Crap! You def need your knees in BB. Hope Kelly is back soon!

Mojo13
08-26-2015, 08:53 AM
Crap! You def need your knees in BB. Hope Kelly is back soon!

Everyone with the team is still saying Kelly is fine. Hopefully he plays today.

Canada looking really good so far - likely a favorite in the FIBA Americas tournament. A deep talented team that is learning the FIBA game quickly.

I now think Sacre is the possible last cut, but a little more likely it is Melvin Ejim or less likely Olivier Hanlan. It will depend of perceived needs and roles by the coaching staff. There doesn't seem to be an obvious need for Sacre's role as there may not be any true centers in the tournament that Sacre would be used to counter. We shall see.

ZagNative
08-26-2015, 04:35 PM
Live stats (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/16/21/18/73GQYC3zqmNJU/). KO not playing again.