Day 88: Is It 2016 Yet? @CanBBall
Unfortunately today my home country of Canada lost by 2 points to Panama - a team I don’t know a single player on - and was effectively eliminated from qualifying for the 2010 London Olympics. Even worse, the team and the entire Canadian basketball community was nothing short of shocked when head coach Leo Rautins stepped down right after the loss. I’m eagerly awaiting who his replacement will be, because when it comes time for 2016 qualifying (or even World Championships before then), our team could be a real contender. By that point, Cory Joseph (who played quite well this tourney) will be that much better, and hopefully he can convince his Texan teammate Tristan Thompson to come hoop with him. If they’re both there, it’s only fitting that their Longhorn successor Myck Kabongo will join the squad, and the big-ticket item will be Andrew Wiggins, the 17 year-old phenom who’s off to the U.S. next year to continue his development. It’s likely that Sim Bhullar will also be on the team. Needless to say, the future of the Canadian men’s senior basketball is bright but they need to find the right coach. There needs to be a better sense of community and trust. I have to be honest; I don’t know who’s available now that Rautins and Jay Triano have both had their turn but hopefully they find someone. Until then we’ll have to wait until the NBA lockout is over to watch our favourite Canucks take to the hard court.