Canadians are dead serious about national identity and sports
On Tuesday, Basketball Canada revealed the 29 players invited to participate in their summer training camp for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup. There are a lot of great players and the team might be fully comprised of NBA talent, but there is one notable omission.
After years of trying to get star guard Andrew Wiggins to suit up for the national team, this time Basketball Canada took the initiative and decided to leave the 5-year pro and former 1st overall pick at home, not even bothering to invite him to camp. While Wiggins has yet to live up to his lofty hype (the next Lebron?) he’s still the highest-scoring Canadian basketball player in the NBA and arguably it’s most talented still (Jamal Murray and R.J. Barrett beg to differ). It’s a puzzling situation on the surface, but as always, digging a little deeper reveals some clarity but also a whole new array of questions.