Friday, August 27, 2010

Meet Team Canada... no, no, the OTHER Team Canada

The Canadian team, ranked 19th in the world, for the 2010 World FIBA basketball championships in Turkey was officially announced Friday afternoon.

The full roster can be found at the Official FIBA tournament website.

There are some familiar names for hardcore fans in there. Andy Rautins, of course, started for Syracuse in the Big East last season and was drafted this summer by the New York Knicks. Joel Anthony, the only other NBAer on the roster came off the bench and played 16 minutes a game with the Miami Heat last season. The 28-year old post has played all three of his seasons there.

Rautins has had injury troubles in the lead-up to the tournament but it does not look like that will be a problem heading into the tournament.

Canada plays in Group D, with Lebanon, Lithuania, France, New Zealand and Spain. The top four teams after group play advance to the Round of 16, which will then lead to a single-knockout tournament until the final on September 12th.

Here's the Canadian schedule,

August 28th, 11:30 am EST - vs. Lebanon
August 29th, 9:00 am EST - vs. Lithuania
August 31st, 11:30 am EST - vs. France
September 1st, 9:00 am EST - vs. New Zealand
September 2nd, 9:00 am EST - vs. Spain

All games will be on TSN2, who broke down and got the TV rights to the tournament earlier this month. The network will also show the semifinal and final.

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