Leo Rautins On Canada’s National Basketball Team | Hoops Talk Nation




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.

All that and much more on Hoops Talk Nation “The Podcast”

Andrew Wiggins Highlights Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster!


With 10 NBA players on Canada’s Olympic qualifying roster Minnesota Timberwolves, star Andrew Wiggins highlights a very talented roster and  most NBA laden team the national team has ever presented.  The top two teams at FIBA Americas will qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year. Canada’s men’s team has not qualified for the Olympic tournament since 2000, back when Steve Nash was on the squad.

“We have a talented mix of NBA and pro athletes and we’re excited to get them in the gym together,” Canadian coach Jay Triano said in a release. “This camp will be an opportunity to train, build team chemistry and prepare for a tough and important tournament with the goal of qualifying for Rio.”

Wiggins is joined by Anthony Bennett (Minnesota), Sim Bhullar (Sacramento),  (Orlando), Cory Joseph (Toronto), Andrew Nicholson (Orlando), Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Dwight Powell (Dallas), Robert Sacre (Los Angeles), and Nik Stauskas (Philadelphia) to make up the NBA contingent for the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament that tips off Aug. 31 in Mexico City.

Ejim recently signed with the Orlando Magic last week for the upcoming NBA season.

The 16 players will open training camp Friday in Toronto.

The first and second-place teams in Aug. 31-Sept. 12 tournament earn berths in the Rio Games. The Canadian men are looking for their first Olympic berth since 2000 in Sydney.

The roster’s remaining six players are Aaron Doornekamp, Carl English, Olivier Hanlan, Brady Heslip, and Phil Scrubb, who are all on European teams, and Jamal Murray, who recently graduated from high school and is headed to the University of Kentucky.

For further details, visit Canada Basketball.

Denham Brown presents: The 1st Ever CXI Basketball Clinic!

Canadian basketball legend, Denham Brown once scored 111 points in his senior high school year during a basketball game in 2002.

He subsequently would move on to become an NCAA champion in while attending UCONN, hear his name called during the 2006 NBA draft, play on the Canadian national team and have a successful professional career overseas.

As his playing days approaches the tail end, Brown’s desire was to assist the next generation of ballers learn the fundamentals of the game by sharing the lessons he learned over the course of his storied playing career.


Brown hosted a youth basketball clinic at Falstaff Community Centre, called “CXI” which equates to 111 in roman numerals, referencing the historical game where he filled the stat sheet.

According to Brown, “111 is just an inspiration and the mind frame to be able to do something like that – I want these kid to have that mind frame that when they think of CXI”

Youth in attendance were also fortunate to have fellow Canadian baller Toronto Raptors point guard, Cory Joseph on hand as well.

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Cory Joseph Comes Home!

When the 2015-2016 kicks off Cory Joseph will don the uniform of the team that he watched as a young baller. Cory Joseph who grew up in Pickering, Ontario agreed to a 4-year year deal worth $30 million with the Toronto Raptors.


Joseph was drafted 29th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by San Antonio and helped the Spurs reach the 2014 NBA Finals where he won his first championship.

Cory spent a fair amount of time in the D-League in the earlier part of his early career but when the 2014-2015 rolled around Joseph was able to to get more playing time and he produced averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds while shooting above 50 per cent in a mere 18.3 minutes per game. This would suggest that he cold really become an impact player with a bit more playing time Joseph, who spent four years in the Spurs’ system, would be a valuable asset to a Raptors team seeking backcourt help, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

In four years with the Spurs, Joseph served as a starter on 43 nights and averaged five points, two rebounds and two assists. His crowning moment came on Game 4 of the 2013/14 Western conference finals, when he did this to Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Welcome back Cory!