The Canadian Men’s basketball team now have the talent that they should no longer miss any FIBA qualifications for an Olympic spot with NBA players: Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Corey Joseph, Trey Lyles, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Ennis, Nik Stauskas and Dwight Powell. There are also many Canadians who for top Division I programs as starters. The roster should no longer include players who most of their careers played in Europe or NBA D – League calibre players on roster. Brady Heslip and Anthony Bennett must no longer be key contributors.
Many Canadian NBA players on the list mentioned are part of the eight man rotations, which means they play important roles on their teams. The nine players mentioned are automatic team members for years to come.
The Men’s team should hire head best available and affordable head coach not best Canadian coach. The team must raise expectations because a very good roster shouldn’t be coached by an average coach. A very good coach is the last missing piece for the Canadian Men’s basketball team to take the next step. I hope to see the organization hire a top NCAA coach or a young assistant NBA coach who has head coach aspirations to be in charge in the NBA.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens would be my preference because he is only 40, had success had at NCAA and NBA levels. He would be able to relate to the young Canadian team players and has a scouting report on each players’ skills.
It is time for the Canadian Men’s basketball team to have international success with Wiggins, Thompson, Olynyk, Joseph and Murray leading the way. The talent is there with a talented head coach makes Canada a top 10 country in the World.
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