Canadian hoops team needs to win for the future

Andrew Wiggins is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. (QMI Agency)

Andrew Wiggins is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. (QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

TORONTO - A couple of days ago, TSN Radio personality and former Leafs forward Jeff O’Neill tweeted a picture of Jonathan Toews and three other Team Canada guys playing ball hockey at the Olympic orientation camp in Calgary.

Over the photo the outspoken O’Neill wrote: “I’m sorry this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.”

The idea of chasing a ball around an arena in the middle of summer in preparation for an ice hockey tournament six months away clearly did not impress O’Neill, though the Team Canada coaching staff tried to sell it as some sort of a strategic team-building exercise.

What others found amusing was the fact that the media, and many sports fans in this country, are already fixating on a team that won’t play their first real game until February.

Meanwhile, this Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, the Canadian men’s basketball team — a team that could turn this country on its ear at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics — plays its first game at the FIBA Americas Championship and hardly anyone seems to be paying attention — even though the event has huge implications.


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