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FIBA World Cup All-Tournament Team Features Only NBA Players For First Time

Sep 10, 2023 5:04 PM

The 2023 FIBA World Cup All-Tournament Team was named following the completion of the competition. For the first time, the All-Tournament team featured NBA players in all five spots.

Dennis Schroder - Germany (also named MVP of the World Cup)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Canada

Anthony Edwards - United States

Bogdan Bogdanovic - Serbia

Luka Doncic - Slovenia

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Canada Defeats USA In Third Place Game Of World Cup

Sep 10, 2023 9:36 AM

Canada defeated the United States in the third-place game at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. After Mikal Bridges forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, Canada rallied for the 127-118 victory.

Dillon Brooks scored 39 points and hit 7-of-8 three-point attempts to lead Canada. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 31 points and 12 assists, while RJ Barrett added 23 points for the Canadians.

Team USA played without Jaren Jackson Jr., Paolo Banchero and Brandon Ingram due to illness. Anthony Edwards led the Americans with 24 points, while Austin Reaves added 23 points off the bench.

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Canada Advances To Semifinals With 100-89 Win Over Slovenia; Luka Doncic Ejected

Sep 6, 2023 11:35 AM

Canada defeated Slovenia 100-89 to advance to the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points, RJ Barrett added 24.

Canada will play Serbia for a trip to the final.

Luka Doncic had 26 points for Slovenia, but was ejected with 6:37 remaining in the game. Slovenia was down by 15 at the time. Slovenia still has a chance at the Olympics, but will have to win a qualifying tournament next July.


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Jamal Murray To Miss World Cup To Recover For Next Season

Aug 16, 2023 8:35 AM

Jamal Murray has decided to not play for Team Canada in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Murray cited the necessity to recover from last season's long NBA title run as the reason.

“When I came into training camp, I wanted to see how my body would respond after a long and demanding season and if I would be physically able to compete at the highest level required for the World Cup,” said Murray.

“In consultation with medical staff and the team, it is clear that additional recovery is required, and I have made the difficult decision to not participate in the tournament.  It’s still a dream of mine to represent Canada at the Olympics, and I will support the team every step of the way as they pursue this goal.”

Canada opens Group H play at the World Cup against France. Group H also includes Latvia, who will be without NBA star Kristaps Porzingis, and Lebanon.

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Canada Hires Jordi Fernandez As Head Coach To Replace Nick Nurse

Jun 27, 2023 5:11 PM

Jordi Fernandez has been hired has head coach of the Canadian national basketball program.

Fernandez, who is also associate head coach of the Sacramento Kings, replaces Nick Nurse. The Philadelphia 76ers hired Nurse as head coach this offseason after his five-year run as head coach of the Toronto Raptors. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jamal Murray, RJ Barrett and Dillon Brooks are amongst the players that could play for Canada.

Fernandez was a head coaching candidate for a number of jobs this offseason.

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