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Old 03-05-2012, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Triano to be Canada's next HC? Nash as GM?

It was only a matter of time before Jay Triano would assume a role that suited him perfectly, a matter of circumstance permitting the native of Niagara Falls to rejoin Canada Basketball.

The time is not now, but it will soon arrive, likely once this summerís Olympics are put to bed, for Triano to lead what many believe is the golden age of Canadian hoops, when so much homegrown talent is either playing in the NBA or is knocking on its doors.

The buzz among basketballís circles, at least in Canada, is that Triano will succeed Leo Rautins as national team head coach.

It should be clearly pointed out that nothing is official, but unofficially all signs are pointing to Triano leading a new wave of talent that features Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph with a pool of talent so deep that it would be foolish to start naming all the names playing in U.S. prep schools or at big-time NCAA programs.

No one other than Steve Nash has been the face of basketball in Canada more than Triano, who did all he could during his ill-fated run as Raptors head coach after Sam Mitchell was shown the door.

Despite what people said and reported, Triano was basically undermined when he followed a plan to go with youth in a developmental season, only to see the Raptors not exercise their option, a move that ushered in Dwane Casey as head coach.

Truth be told, Casey should have been hired 10 years ago when he served as an assistant in Seattle, a time when the Raptors were in the market for a coach to replace Lenny Wilkens.

As is its nature, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment interfered in the coaching process and decided to go with Kevin OíNeill, who kept Triano as an assistant.

Whether it was in Vancouver or Toronto, Triano was and remains a highly respected basketball personality, both nationally and globally.

His work with USA Basketball speaks volumes and his highly anticipated involvement with Canada Basketball will send a strong signal of a new beginning and hopefully the start of Canadaís ascension in the basketball world.

Itís also expected that Nash will soon return to his basketball roots in Canada, a position some believe will be as general manager.

Basketball officials have to be careful because Triano is technically under contract for the U.S., which will be favoured to capture gold in London.

Nash is under no obligations and an announcement on Captain Canadaís role with Canada Basketball may come as early as next month.

Canada hasnít played in any significant event since the 2000 Olympics, a showcase that featured Nash at the point position and Triano as head coach.

Despite Rautinsí efforts, he simply did not have the necessary talent to compete on the international stage.

When Rautins took over from Triano, there simply was too much baggage to overcome, too many voices pulling at grass-roots prospects that spelled certain doom.

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