Canada Game

So I actually managed to watch some of the Canada – Argentina game last night and a few things came up that relate to the Raptors. The first is that Carlos Delfino had a good night with 15 and 6, had good awareness knowing to launch a shot when the clock was running down (which resulted in 2 on a put-back) and overall looked comfortable on the floor. He looked a little slow, which may be some a result of needing some conditioning and he also showed some of his defensive um…”issues.” This is something that will really have to be worked on before the season gets started.

Remember Carl English? My God how bad did he look last night? Remember when everybody was saying that the Raptors should pick this guy up for no reason other than he is Canadian? I’ve never understood that mode of thinking (it still goes on with Magloire). Who cares where the guy is from? People love winners. If within those winners there is a Canadian, then that’s a bonus. But anyway, back to English. Yikes. He was turning the ball over like it was a flapjack. Turnover, turnover, turnover. But let’s not stick all of that on English. The rest of the team didn’t seem to want to hold onto the ball either.

Thank God this tournament happens away from the season. I would hate to have to listen to Leo Rautins explain why his team lost. I would also hate having to listen to him explain how his team underestimated Argentina and how they were a little “overconfident”. Um Leo, Argentina is producing some pretty good ball players. True, they don’t have Nocioni or Manu with them, but even still dude…and OVERCONFIDENT? BASED ON WHAT?

Hey Leo, where are Nash and Magloire? I thought you said you would bring them to Team Canada? You should be thanking God for Dalembert or else this tournament would have been an absolute disaster.

By the way, nice game to Brampton native Dave Thomas. We grew up playing soccer together, being babysat together. I hadn’t seen him play since back in the Michigan State days. I may have told this story before, but at a party in Montreal, I ran into a chick from State. We start talking basketball, so I ask if she knows Golden Boy (as we had called him back in the day). She says, “Golden Boy?” After I tell her who I am talking about, she says, “Oh, you mean Wendy. That’s what we call him.” Nice.


TTFD  on August 29th, 2007

Yah it was nice to see the Brampton connection in action last night…too bad they got mashed last night though…ah well Mexico up next, hopefully we win that one at least.

Leo is hindering our national program I think, is there any truth to the rumour that Nash specifically did not play b/c of Rautin’s presence? I played b-ball against Jamaal in high school when he played for Eastern Commerce in a few tournaments, he is not very pro-Canadian in general I think…as in national pride etc.

Jay  on August 30th, 2007

I heard that rumour about Nash not playing because of Leo too, but I have to think that the toll of last year’s playoffs on Nash played into his mind too. I also heard that Jamaal isn’t a fan of Leo at all, but it’s all just rumour.

I’m not sure how much Leo is hindering the national program. I know he isn’t much of a broadcaster, but I really can’t say much about him as a coach as I haven’t seen enough. I guess to a certain extent, he hinders the program because our best players aren’t there, but at the same time, our best guys are getting old and the younger guys need to develop if we as a nation are going to get any better. It’s a tough spot. that being said, Nash and Magloire should both be there.

I think Canada will qualify, but not this year, they might be able to get in on that 3-5 route next year.