Monday May 7 2012 – 11:56pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
Canada Basketball sent out a press release earlier this evening … stating that they will host a press conference at 12pm tomorrow at Air Canada Centre.
No details were given, but there is strong speculation that what I first wrote about / reported 6 weeks ago could finally be made official (at in PART) on Tuesday:
Wednesday March 21 2012 – 10:40pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
The details are sketchy right now but there is strong speculation swirling at the moment that Canada Basketball could be close to making a major announcement regarding its Men’s National Team.
Steve Nash may be taking over as the “General Manger” of Team Canada.
It would be a role similar to what Steve Yzerman (and, previously, Wayne Gretzky) has served for Hockey Canada.
This move has been swirling in the rumor mill for weeks (if not months) and it is apparently closer than ever.
If / when this unveiling is made, there is strong indication that Jay Triano will be named as Head Coach of the Canadian squad; his second stint as the lead man on the sidelines for the Canucks.
The Men’s National Team did not qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in London and, thus, doesn’t really have any meaningful games on the horizon for at least another year. However, the hope would be – with Nash taking over – that the 2-time MVP would be able to attract Canada’s top talent (some who have arguably not shown up in Red and White in the past) and convince them to represent their country.
Time will tell if this truly goes down and what impact it could have on the future on the Canadian National program and the growth of the sport with current and future generations.
I will be all over this news on Tuesday — as will @Paul__Jones — and as soon as any new information comes along, I’ll have it in this space and on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/Eric__Smith ).
A huge step for the present and FUTURE of Canada Basketball is (likely) about to be taken.
Have a good one folks.