Further to this - I get that our 'Canada's Team' nonsense is great for marketing (even though the last thing Toronto could be accused of is being Canada's anything)... but c'mon.. the red and white, the maple leaf... It's stupid. Most of the players in the NBA are American - and thus, indoctrinated with American patriotism. It's bad enough playing outside of their country, bad enough playing for Toronto - you don't have to paste a frickin maple leaf on the jersey
they're playing in and rub it in their face - as if they're playing for our national team or something. It's completely counter-intuitive.
If anything, we should abandon the Canadiana thing.
And to the Euro connection - it might be more interesting if we could actually draft and develop decent Euro players. San Antonio seems to be able to do it. We love Euros, but we suck at picking them. It's incredibly frustrating to have a roster filled with white, soft Euro stiffs when random other non-Euro-centric, non 'international city' teams manage to pick up fantastic Euro players late in the first, into the second round.