Canadian basketball players fire back at Whitlock

Steve Nash, general manager of Canada's men's basketball team, was on hand at the Air Canada Centre...

Steve Nash, general manager of Canada's men's basketball team, was on hand at the Air Canada Centre on July 29, 2013 to discuss upcoming training camp being held in in Toronto. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:32 AM ET

American provocateur Jason Whitlock got his desired result Tuesday, when he said Canadian athletes — and Vaughan’s Andrew Wiggins in particular — “perhaps don’t want it as much as some of the Europeans and certainly the American players.”

Speaking with fellow ESPNer Keith Olbermann, Whitlock, no stranger to controversial, attention-grabbing comments, said “Andrew Wiggins’ effort and intensity sometimes was inconsistent at Kansas and that might be a personality quark he’ll deal with throughout his career. “That’s why (the Cavs) would probably prefer to play with Kevin Love.

“This is what a lot of NBA people believe. American-born ... players have more intensity, they’re not as laid back.”

Canadians were defiant at training camp at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday in dismissing Whitlock’s statements.

 

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