This past Friday, Canada Basketball announced their training camp roster for the Senior Men’s National Team, as well as the summer competition staff and schedule. The training camp roster is a list of 17 players, which features professionals from all over the world. It is highlighted by several athletes from last summer’s team including the NBA’s Joel Anthony (MIA), Andy Rautins (NYK), and European professionals such as Jermaine Anderson, Denham Brown, Levon Kendall, Jevohn Shepherd, and Aaron Doomekamp.
Also worthy to note (clearly a plug for my home province), Newfoundlander and national team veteran, Carl English will also be attending the camp after being sidelined from the team due to an injury last summer. During that time, English was playing some of his best basketball as a starter with DKV Joventut before the injury happened. You can check out the entire training camp roster here.
What’s interesting about the list of names that are attending the training camp are the names NOT on the list, notably recent NBA Draft picks Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson. While I understand both men are obviously busy with their new teams, contract negotiations, and working out, I think I was most surprised not to see Tristan Thompson’s name on the list especially after his recent interview with Tim and Sid: Uncut and claiming that he’s looking forward to wearing the red and white. Check out Thompson’s commitment to and discussion with Tim and Sid on Canada Basketball below.
Tim and Sid: Uncut – July 8th, 2011
I understand that the Cleveland Cavaliers may be another factor influencing Thompson’s decision not to play, but in that case, I probably would have been better with him telling the boys that he’s not 100% sure what he’s going to do when it comes to representing Canada. But who am I to criticize – I’m just a fan of basketball, Team Canada, and Tristan Thompson and I’m only providing the information. You would have given the team a boost Tristan.