After a heartbreaking 83-74 loss to France during a FIBA Olympic qualifier tournament, Team Canada‘s dream of competing in Rio would quickly disappear and now Canada must wait until the 2020 Tokyo Games for chance to compete on the international stage. This would come a full 20 years after the men’s last Olympic appearance — in 2000 in Sydney.
While players like Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph who had 20 points and six assists did their part to lead Canada, much finger pointing for Team Canada’s disappointing finish has gone in the direction of players who didn’t participate such as last season’s NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins and Nik Stauskus who both opted to skip the tournament. While others, such as Jamal Murray, were tied up with NBA commitments.
Is it really their fault? Is it fair to put the blame on them?
Toronto Raptors analyst and former national team head coach, Leo Rautins doesn’t agree and he joins the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to discuss why and offers up his perspective on the heart of Canada’s Olympic woes.