The Portland Trail Blazers have promoted Jim Moran to assistant coach on Terry Stotts’ staff. “I am excited to add Jim to our coaching staff,” said Stotts. “He is a young coach with a bright future. He has a terrific work ethic coupled with a refreshing personality. He has already demonstrated a unique ability to work with our players and he will add a new perspective for...
Anthony Bennett has reached agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a buyout. Bennett will become a free agent if he clears waivers. The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to pursue Bennett with the presence of Jay Triano and David Vanerpool a factor. Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and no other team in the top-10 had plans of selecting him.
Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas How is Nestor Garcia not dead yet? Wow! I feel bad for any Canadian basketball fan. Team Canada played an awful semifinal contest on Friday night, and paid for it dearly. They lost 79-78 in crazy fashion to Venezuela. Aaron Doornekamp got called for one of the most outrageous off-ball fouls I’ve ever seen with the game tied and 0.3 seconds...
MEXICO CITY (AP) Canada is in position to secure a berth to its first Olympic basketball tournament since Sydney 2000, with Andrew Wiggins leading a young team that has been too much to handle in the qualifiers and is aiming to be a surprise in Rio 2016. Wiggins, the NBA rookie of the year last season for Minnesota, is averaging 15.5 points in the FIBA Americas Tournament. He'll...
As head coach Jay Triano and starting point guard Cory Joseph will be sure to remind their teammates, in 2013 Canada was but a win away from guaranteeing themselves a spot at the 2014 World Cup and lost three-in-a-row to see it slip away. With a win over Mexico, Canada will secure their spot in the semis and a shot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Photo: Hugo Avila/FIBA Americas/Imago7 Orlando Magic fans should be thrilled after the outstanding games both Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim had coming off the Canadian bench on Monday night, in what was each player’s best performance at the FIBA Americas competition in Mexico City. Canada got their 5th striaght victory by crushing Uruguay 109-82. Andrew Nicholson finished with...
MEXICO CITY (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points to help Canada beat Puerto Rico 112-92 on Friday night for its third straight victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Cory Joseph, Nik Stauskas and Kelly Olynik added 15 points each, Brady Heslip had 13, and Philip Scrubb 11 for the Canadian team that that fields nine NBA players and is considered...
Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas Despite struggling in the first half, Canada dispatched of Puerto Rico 112-92 on Friday night to conclude Group B action. That’s a lot of points for a 40-minute game. Orlando Magic fans should be concerned with Andrew Nicholson as he continues to have issues making a positive on-court impact. In ten minutes, Andrew posted 3 points, 3...
Head coach Jay Triano had been spreading the minutes out early on at the FIBA Americas, but in a sloppy game against Venezuela, he turned to the stabilizing influence of Toronto Raptors new point guard Cory Joseph. The 82-62 final score belies the fact Canada let their opponent get back to within 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas In what was their best Group B performance so far at the FIBA Americas Championship, Canada improved to a 2-1 record by taking down previously undefeated Venezuela 82-62 on Thursday night. They didn’t stuff the stat sheets, but Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim each had some highlights in the solid victory. Ejim...
Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins are teammates everywhere they go.Head to Minnesota, and you'll find them playing side-by-side. Cross the border into Canada, and you'll see them even more in tandem, as two of the best players on a national team tearing up the FIBA Americas.Team Canada churned out another mechanical win Wednesday, this time over Cuba, 101-59. And in victory, Wiggins...
Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas Team Canada improved to 1-1 in Group B play at the FIBA Americas Championship after annihilating Cuba on Wednesday, defeating them 101-59. Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim each played thirteen minutes off the bench. Nicholson finished with 2 points (1-of-2), 4 rebounds, and 1 block while Ejim tallied 5 points, 6 rebounds...
As expected Canada took out their frustrations after an opening loss to Argentina on the hapless Team Cuba 101-59 at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico. Canada lead wire to wire and was up by 20 points after the first quarter. Andrew Wiggins and Nik Stauskas led Canada with 15 points apiece as head coach Jay Triano spread the minutes around as evenly as he could between his 12 players.
Andrew Wiggins led Canada past Argentina 85-80 in the opener of the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup. “That was a very good first game for us. Argentina is a good basketball team, they stayed right with us,” said Head Coach Jay Triano. “For a lot of our players, it’s the first time on the senior national team and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Team Canada head coach Jay Triano is unabashedly stealing sets from the San Antonio Spurs offense. It makes perfect sense. The Spurs offense has the look and feel of the international game and Team Canada’s starting point guard Cory Joseph has played with the Spurs for the last four years.
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...
Jay Triano was head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2009-11, but remains important to Canada's basketball program as the national team's head coach.He takes that ambassador role extremely seriously, and when he got wind of a family being fined for having a hoop set up in their driveway, Triano offered to pay the $250 fine that was associated with the so-called offense.From Lauren...
Canada Basketball's Senior Men's National Team (SMNT) opened training camp in Toronto for the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament that starts later this month in Mexico led by their young veteran point guard from the Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph. While not every player Head Coach Jay Triano would like to be there is available, this will be the best SMNT ever assembled.
Team Canada looked like they had never been in a really big game before and Brazil just did what they had been doing all tournament, so it was Pan Am Silver for the team that had never won a medal at this tournament. Brazil has now taken home Gold in four of the past five events. "I think we grew up throughout the tournament and throughout this game," Team Canada head coach Jay Triano said.
Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson notched yet another Pam Am Games double-double as Canada concluded Pool B play 3-0 following a comfortable 96-76 victory over Mexico. Canada didn’t need to win this contest – having locked up a semifinals spot – so coach Jay Triano only played Nicholson 18 minutes. Still, Andrew racking up an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double is respectable...
This game was never in doubt after the first quarter. Team Canada shot 55 percent from the field versus 42 percent for the Dominican Republic. Head coach Jay Triano has to be very happy after this game that Brady Heslip (24 points) left NBA Summer League just in time to become a last minute addition to Team Canada.
It’s that time of the year, international play! Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson is seeking to have a lengthy summer playing for the Canadian national team. The 25-year-old has made coach Jay Triano’s final 12-man roster for the Pan Am Games, that is being hosted in Canada. The goal is certainly to win a medal. There wasn’t much doubt about the Mississauga, Ontario native...
Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Bennett is in Toronto preparing for the Pan Am games with Team Canada and Head Coach Jay Triano suggested this 240 lb 6’8 forward isn’t a three, he’s planning to use him at center in certain lineups.
It seems Paul George is not the only one to suffer an injury preparing for international games. While of course menial in severity compared to George's horrific misfortune, Olynyk reportedly suffered a wrist injury.The report comes from a fan watching Team Canada:Hi @CelticsLife from Seville. Kelly Olynyk is out today from Canada Team. Jay Triano confirm wrist damage. He's going...
The Canadian senior national basketball team defeated Georgia (the country, not the state) 83-66 on the final day of the Pokal Adecco exhibition tournament in Slovenia. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson ended up coming off the bench as Head Coach Jay Triano preferred to go with Kelly Olynyk and Dwight Powell in the frontcourt. That didn’t prevent ‘Drew from having his...
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