Does anyone know when's the next game going to be?
Anybody have a link for some highlights?
Two years away...
Hopefully he remains healthy throughout the tournament and his team goes far. To me, I think his real test will be after this tournament when he should be a lock to make the roster for the men's team in the upcoming European championship held in his country. Lituania will be in the same group as Spain and Turkey so you know he'll be playing against real competition.
It's curious that the Raptors first round draft choice has made himself available to his country's under 19 team when so many of Canada's most notable U19 players are missing from the Canadian U19 World Championship team.
Tristan Thompson is 20 and not eligible but Cory Joseph is 19 and not playing. The NBA is headed for a lockout so this tournament could be a chance to play in lieu of a summer league. Also missing are Myck Kabongo, Khem Birch, Kyle Wiltjer (he's from Portland, Oregon, but has dual citizenship and has played for Canada before), Anthony Bennett, Nik Staukas, Duane Notice, and Andrew Wiggins who is only 17 but played on the U17 team in 2009 as a 15 year old.
Perhaps one or two are injured but still why haven't the best players made themselves available as they are for many other countries? I am not waving the flag here, per se, but I am interested in seeing Canada compete with their best, especially when the talent is out there.
Yeah it's really disappointing
My concern is his lift when he jumps, can it be improved on or is this it?! If he can't jump higher then he won't be able to finish his dunks and instead of Bargnani 2.0 (what most Raptor fans feared at the begining) he could be a young Rasho 2.0 instead (not worthy of a 5th pick).
U19 is better than nothing, but if I got my named called, I would no longer practice to age restrictions.
(Notice none of the players that played for team USA, just got drafted... instead its the guys from the next draft.)
Last edited by MyMomLovesMe; Tue Jun 28th, 2011 at 10:51 PM.
Kabongo and Birch might be in the next draft and Bennett and Wiggins have a shot at getting drafted further down the line. The Americans don't put much stock in these international tournaments and as evident, some Canadians players don't either. The focus is going to be the NBA and NCAA first. I understand that. Here's hoping that Thompson and Joseph accept an invite to the National team's camp in July.
Last edited by stretch; Tue Jun 28th, 2011 at 11:04 PM.
Hes looking good
The full game for anyone who wants to watch it:
i just hate hearing from all these canadian ballers who claim canada needs support for basketball blah blah blah but never help out the fiba/olympic teams. whats going to make young players want to support canada? i get why nash hasn't the past few years but if these young guys want the country to do something they have to give us something to root for.
Tomorrow against Croatia.
Thursday June 30th, 2011
Croatia v Lithuania
Korea v Canada
USA v Egypt
China v Serbia
Russia v Brazil
Argentina v Australia
Latvia v Chinese Taipei
Poland v Tunisia
Friday July 1st, 2011
Lithuania v Korea
Canada v Croatia
Australia v Latvia
Brazil v Poland
Serbia v USA
Chinese Taipei v Argentina
Egypt v China
Tunisia v Russia
Saturday July 2nd, 2011
Canada v Lithuania
Argentina v Latvia
USA v China
Brazil v Tunisia
Croatia v Korea
Chinese Taipei v Australia
Serbia v Egypt
Poland v Russia
Last edited by MyMomLovesMe; Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 09:27 AM.
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