The overmatched, underdog Canadians played an extraordinary third quarter in their World Cup opener against Australia on Sunday, one of the best games we’ve seen in a long time, but the Aussies responded with an even better fourth. And now Canada faces a mammoth task to reach the second round after a 108-92 loss.
Cory Joseph (6) of Canada drives the ball during the 2019 FIBA World Cup, first round match between Canada and Australia at Dongguan Basketball Center on Sunday in Dongguan, China | Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images
DONGGUAN, CHINA (September 1, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National Team dropped a 108-92 decision to Australia in their first game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 despite’s come-from-behind 37-point outburst in the third quarter. Continue reading →
Canada’s is appearing in the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010. Canada’s men’s basketball roster has been set, but it doesn’t much look like what many envisioned several weeks ago. Almost every celebrated Canadian player on a NBA contract – 17 in total – inexplicably pulled out of the World Cup with the exception of guard Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings) and forward Khem Birch (Orlando Magic). Forward Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat) – like Joseph a longtime combatant for the country – was forced to pull out due to injury suffered in an exhibition game against Nigeria in early August. Two players under contract with the Toronto Raptors also left the team.
Chinese team member and former NBA player Yi Jianlian, right, speaks as coach Li Nan listens at a press conference at the Cadillac Arena ahead of the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The competition, which features 32 teams from around the globe, will be held in 8 cities across China starting on Saturday | Mark Schiefelbein
SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin.
Many of the world’s top players — and a couple of the world’s top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Continue reading →
The start time of Friday night’s match between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors held in Toronto was moved back to 8.00 p.m. at the dictate of the US ESPN sports cable TV network.  No one complained: Toronto made the big time in the US market. Toronto even won this game of the leading contenders in the NBA East and is 2-0 to start the season. “[Kawhi] Leonard, the team’s superstar newcomer,” reports the Globe and Mail, “was serenaded on a couple of occasions with chants of ’MVP, MVP’ by an adoring hometown crowd.”
HALIFAX (31 January 2008) – SOME teams wear black armbands. Some players wear their teammate’s number on their shoe. Just before tip-off that Sunday afternoon, John Prince, generally a man of few words, stepped into the circle, briefly explained a tragedy that had just occurred the night before in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and asked for a moment’s silence. Continue reading →
ONE’s mind plays tricks with creeping age, or dementia. And so it was this past December in a wet locker room at Dalhousie’s Studley Gym, as I asked a group of fellow basketball players just when our “old mens’ league” had been formed. Most had been founding members. The discussion was hilarious. Answers ranged from 1978 through to the early 1990s. We referred to wedding registers, children’s birth certificates, school graduations, gyms and tournaments. Continue reading →