Jay Triano wants players to commit four years to the Canadian national team, saying the long-term pledge is essential to the program’s chances of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.
“I think gone are the days when you can throw 12 players out there and expect to compete, and I think my time with the United States team showed that,” said Triano, who spent five summers as an assistant with USA Basketball. “Jerry Colangelo asked those players for a three-year commitment. When they did that and the players became committed, that’s when they became successful and won back-to-back gold medals.”
On Monday, Canada Basketball closed a five-day training camp which featured many of country's top players, including Tyler Ennis and Tristan Thompson.
“If we’re going to be successful guys are going to commit,” Triano said. “The fact that they’re here working as hard as they are right now speaks volumes to their commitment. We’re going to have to decide as a staff which players we want to move forward and be part of our commitment to the program.”