Canada’s senior men’s basketball camp got rolling on Sunday and the mood was a mix of optimism, excitement and sober realism.
It is well known that there has never been as much hoops talent to choose from and that the future is bright for a country that has not played at the Olympics since 2000.
But it is also apparent that clearing all of the hurdles to get everyone in one place, then getting everyone the experience necessary to compete on the national stage remains a long-term process.
“That’s what this summer is about,” head coach Jay Triano said at the ACC, where the team is gathered through Tuesday, before flying to Venice. Canada will play 11 exhibition games in four countries over the next few weeks and Triano intends to platoon his charges because of the heavy workload.
“I know last year we were a little bit disappointed that we didn’t qualify for the (World Cup in Spain), but at the same time we knew we had 22- and 23-year-old players as our best pla