Originally Posted by SnoochieBoochie
The reason why Nash doesn't play aside from the obvious in getting rested, is because he disagreed with the guys who ran the team before Leo.
He disagreed with Leo being hired. Not Leo specifically, but a new coach.
Nash was close to Jay Triano, and said he'd never play for Canada again after Jay got let go. That's how I recall it anyway.
Honestly...I just don't care about this.
This wasn't an Olympic team with Dalembert, and it's not an Olympic team without him.
My guess is both sides are to blame to some degree. The bottom line is this though...Leo isn't endearing himself to the future elite Canadian players by kicking the only elite guy we've got off the team. Maybe he did deserve it, but when you've got one NBA player playing with a bunch of scrubs, (and I'm sorry, but that's what they are. Most of these guys aren't even summer league worthy) the NBA guy is going to feel like he deserves to be the focal point on and off the court.
If Leo isn't going to allow that, why should NBA guys lose their summer to spend months getting ready for and playing in a tournament they have little to no chance of winning anyway?
If I was Dalembert I wouldn't have been wasting my summer with this team in the first place. National pride is great and all, but despite what the Basketball Canada brass will have you believe, we aren't going anywhere fast. The only great Canadian player won't play for them, and call me crazy, but I don't consider Joel Anthony the next big hope.
Regardless of whether he deserved it, I feel this was a mistake from Leo. Setting the "no one is bigger than the program" precedent is fine when you've got plenty of talent to pick from. In this case though, you've got to be careful alienating our best players. When the next NBA starter quality Canadian kid comes around, what's his motivation to play for Canada? A chance to lose AND clash with a coach who clearly isn't interested in appeasing his best players?
Sorry to burst the idealistic bubble we're all viewing this from, but the bottom line is you do what it takes to please your stars. Especially when your team sucks.