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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 1:50 pm  |  45 responses

Steve Nash Named the GM of Canada’s National Team


Steve Nash has found himself a second job. It was announced today that he’s the new general manager of Canada’s national hoops team. From the FIBA website: “Canada Basketball on Tuesday announced that Nash is to take up the newly-created position of General Manager of the Senior Men’s Team, to provide ‘the leadership and inspiration for a program that is blessed with a wealth of emerging talent.’ The 38-year-old Nash, who doesn’t know yet where he will play next season in the NBA after spending the last eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, is looking to bring a spark to a national side that lost all of its games at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and then came in sixth at last year’s FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. ‘I’m thrilled to be able to take on this challenge,’ Nash said. ‘We have lots of work to do and I’m excited to get started. With the talent we are developing in this country, Canada has an opportunity to become one of the top basketball nations in the world.’ [...] ‘There is no reason why, if we nurture and support these great young players and give them the tools they need, that we can’t be a medal contender at the Olympics,’ Nash said.”

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  • MtotheS

    Nice.

  • MookieBlaylock

    cool

  • mgeneric

    rad

  • Money

    Neato

  • MikeC.

    If we give the National hoops program a fraction of the attention that the hockey program gets, there’s no reason we can’t join the second tier of quality hoops programs. It will take time and having a respected and recognizable figurehead is a great first step.

  • T-Money

    eff you, steve. you stopped playing for the nt as soon as you got big after the sydney games. (yeah i’m mad)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign T-Money, but it’s still pretty cool that he’s the GM now. Well-deserved, because who else are you gonna give it to?
    Also Rautins resigned, right? Or is he still coaching.

  • Homie

    T-Money – he left with Jay. Think about it. I, for one, don’t blame him one bit…

  • MUBWAR

    ya teddy he resigned last year. that man was awful as a coach

  • http://slamonline.com WhoWho
  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Canada sucks.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Thx MUBWAR. Also why did Sam Dalembert leave the team? It was Rautins, right?

  • MUBWAR

    red smoke some haze bro cause you’re very depressed and sad.

  • LA Huey

    Good luck, neighbors. =)

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Dalembert had a falling out with Rautins as well

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I still don’t understand why Nash gets a pass for refusing to play for the national team . . . while they were failing to qualify for London, Nash was playing pick-up soccer in BC.

    Tristan Thompson, Joel Anthony, Matt Bonner, Corey Joeseph, Myck Kabongo, Brady Heslip, Kyle Wiltjer, Kevin Pangos, Andy Rautins, and Andrew Wiggins . . . That’s some solid young talent right there!

  • LA Huey

    Meat Hook. Are you asking why Nash gets a pass from Canadian press? Because I don’t think the American media could care less about an athletes commitment to a foreign national team. We just like to blast our own on this topic.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Yes, the press in Canada gave him a pass because of his earlier international success. I’m calling BS! The man’s sat out the last 8 years because he’s held a grudge ever since Jay Triano got the boot. Meanwhile, Canada’s left drawing up isolation plays for Joel Freaking Anthony . . .

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    HAHA, I remember hoping Joel Anthony would get the ball in the high post every possession because he was the only NBA player on the team…

  • MUBWAR

    come on meat we can’t really be mad at Nash. the dude is a class act.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Love the guy and respect all he’s done and how far he’s come, but he did leave the national team out to dry. Canada was close to qualifying for London, and I’m convinced we could have fielded a quality team for London with Nash in the line up.

    C Joel Anthony
    F Tristan Thompson
    F Matt Bonner
    G Corey Joseph
    G Steve Nash

    Not many countries can put togther a starting line up of 5 NBAers with a healthy combination of NBAers and DI standouts off of the bench. I’m not saying they’d win a medal, but Steve Nash sat out to stick it to Basketball Canada which resulted in a resounding flop at the worlds and failing to qualify for the olympics. Mission accomplished!

  • MikeC.

    I can’t be mad at a guy with a chronic back problem not wanting to add more wear and tear. I have a chronic back problem and any game could be my last. I get it that Nash is sitting out. He did his thing and now it’s someone

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    …that was mad lame. You really are Canadian loll.

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    i completely agree with the chronic back pains, but dude has been passing up on international play since his MVP seasons. Like I said, Nash gets a pass from Canadian media and fans.

    Red, how do you manage to misspell “LOL”?!?!

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Good point, you can’t because it’s not a real word so even of I said ‘lopol’ it still wouldnt be a misspelling genius.

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    It’s an acronym. It’s only 3 letters. So yeah, you misspelled it. You trying to justify it is even more moronic. Is your last name “Neck” by any chance?!

  • http://Slamonline.con nbk

    Lakeshow is a Japanese dic

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Loll is a major misspelling huh? An added l to an acronym O NO. Shut up idiot.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    You just misspelled “Oh”…the key is to sound out big words :)

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    The insecurity just oozes, hard living with the fact you’re an idiot huh kid? It’s ok, Canadians are like that.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    NECK (I’ll refer to you by your last name from here on out), you post a lot of comments, A LOT. None of them indicate that you have any knowledge of basketball or the slightest grasp of the English language. You get ZERO respect from basketball heads on this site! I’ll say it again in case your reading is anything like your spelling, you get ZERO respect on this site! Funny how your only comeback to someone who questions your intelligence is name calling, missing punctuations, and misspelling 2 letter words . . . And when I question your intelligence, I REALLY REALLY REEEEEEEEEALLY mean that. I know you’re going to respond to this, but before you do, have your mother proof read it first.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    A whole paragraph doe? Danggg son yew catchin’ feelings whoodie. Listen to some Lil’ Boosie, relax yaself. I’m a youngin’ going into pre-med. I’m good on IQ & you speak for a whole site, word?

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    Pre-med, Neck?! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! At least you’re ambitious!

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Boosie Bad Azz

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    Awwwww . . . Neck enters a thread with nothing to offer but ignorant hate comments . . . Then Neck gets exposed for his inability to read/spell . . . Neck responds with mispelled name calling . . . Neck gets exposed for his ingnorance . . . Neck responds with a make-believe story about being smart . . . Neck gets exposed for being a liar . . . Neck responds with Ebonics . . . Just face it, you were trolling with ignorant comments while grown ups were having an adult conversation and got owned. This shouldn’t be new to you, people on this site usually just ignore you or respond to you the way people respond to most individuals with learning disabilities.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    I’m not reading all that, that’s beyond pathetic, lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    I’m not reading all that, that’s beyond pathetic lol.

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    Ah yes, troll with 3rd grade reading skills admits that he refuses to read. Sounds about right.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Trill s**t.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Hey Red, how’s that free healthcare working out for you? Oh wait… You don’t have any. And living in that giant piece of excrement they call Illinois doesn’t give you bragging rights.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Excrement? OH you meant Chicago, the city projected to become the biggest mega city in our continent. It’s trill, how’s trying to copy us Americans like the British are? Trill.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Teddy, Red(neck) is a clown. The scary part is his ignorant comments aren’t just about basketball, but with what’s actually going on in the world. It’s bad to stupid, but it’s even worse to be stupid and a loudmouth . . .

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Trying to copy Americans? You’re actually right about that, ’cause the Canadian military is still in Afghanistan killing innocent Muslims, just like yours. Which is why I’m not a brainwashed, flag-waving d0uche about it.
    Even worse that you’re a Muslim whose b@lls are probably dyed Red, White, and Blue. That’s sooo trill.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That being said, good luck in pre-med. That’s a good choice. Even though you’re kind of an internet troll… in real life I wouldn’t wish bad on you.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Last thing: Talk to me when your healthcare is free and your milk isn’t poisoned by Monsanto growth hormones. I hope you don’t actually buy milk from the supermarket…
    Americans kill me with their US vs. Canada nonsense. It’s kind of funny actually. Some lady in Florida once asked my Dad “What state is Canada?”
    And I repeat: Being from Illinois doesn’t give you bragging rights. You’re fifth best state, at best.

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