Despite Team Canada’s failure to produce a single victory in 12 tries, Canada Basketball’s executive director and CEO Wayne Parrish remains optimistic about his national team’s chances.
Parrish pointed out that three of Canada’s top players, Miami Heat starting centre Joel Anthony, San Antonio Spurs draft pick Cory Joseph and former scoring leader Carl English will not join the team until later in August and other players such as Kelly Olynyk are nursing injuries.
“We lost Kelly in the first quarter in the first game and he was our best big in camp. Jesse (Young), Andy (Rautins, who led Canada in scoring again with 18 points before fouling out) all are coming off of injuries.”
Parrish said the Spurs are in favor of Joseph suiting up this summer, so he will be coming on board for sure and added he supports the decision of Tristan Thompson to take the summer off.
Parrish also said there has been no consideration given to replacing coach Leo Rautins.
“Leo’s status is not in doubt in any way, shape or form; Leo’s the coach,” Parrish said.
“This is exhibition … we’re trying to get guys to learn our system. It still is a learning process for a lot of these guys. These games are about getting guys ready and getting them back from injury and working them in slowly.”
“We need to get (detractors) on the bandwagon, we need to accomplish that at some point (by picking up wins) and I’m confident that’s going to happen this summer. We’re going to surprise some people.”
Meanwhile, the Canadian national team’s losing streak reaches 13 after they dropped a 72-65 decision against Macedonia to wrap up their play in the Trofeo Giannati tournament.
Canada will play two more games against the Czech Republic on Wednesday and Thursday to end their European tour.