What FIBA competition really comes down to

In terms of the Canada Basketball …

Triano helps groom U.S. Olympians
“Just the fact that the tournament is going to be held in Greece, the coaches down here think that this will give Greece enough to get one of the spots and I’m inclined to agree,” said Triano. “It’s going to be tough for Canada because of the location, no question. But you know it always comes down to that one game you have to win. In ’80, ’84 and ’88, it was the same. We had to beat Brazil one year, Uruguay in Uruguay the next time, and in 2000 when I was coaching, we had to beat Puerto Rico. That game will probably come again this year. The trick is to win it.”

Jay Triano has hit the nail sqaurely on the head.

A lack of money is NOT the problem with the Senior Men’s National Team … nor a lack of first-class training facilities, nor the absence of specific top tier players, nor etc., etc,. etc.

According to this corner … It takes a special coach, and staff, to be able to win THE game your team NEEDS TO WIN in order to achieve its goals at an international hoops event. FULL STOP.

Teams that do, have this. Teams that don’t, do not.

Kudos to Jay for expressing his insight so succinctly.

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2 Responses to “What FIBA competition really comes down to”

  1. Arsenalist Says:

    I’m not sure how his quote argues your point about lack of money not being a problem. I don’t think money’s the #1 problem either.

    Of course you “need” to win games that matter, but you can only win those games if you have the talent. You’re right, good coaching tactics are paramount in international basketball but in the end it’ll come down to the players and their skill-level.

  2. khandor Says:


    * Phil Jackson talks about something called ‘the Moment of Truth’ … which exists within each basketball and, in fact, within each individual basketball possession for a great coach, like the ZenMaster (and others). When it arrives, a team needs to have a perceptive head coach and by extension perceptive players – it’s a given that these players have to have a top notch skill level in the first place to be on the court at all at this level of competition – or else it has little real chance of succeeding in a big way.

    * The way in which an organization is put together and by extension the players are selected is absolutely crucial in determining that team/organization’s likelihood for success. In the case of Canada Basketball, these fundamental processes have not been handled properly for (at least) the last 20 years. Until this changes and there are new people put in charge of the organization there is going to be no medal in the future of this organization. There are administrators and coaches in this country today who SHOULD be leading Canada Basketball but are NOT and IMHO that’s a real shame. If they were … Jamal Magloire would not have been estranged from the program all these years; Steve Nash would not have called it quits several years ago; Wayne Smith would never have fallen out of favour with the team in the first place; etc., etc., etc. … and the plethora of resources which exist in Canada, for basketball, would have been used properly in the years since 1988 (Seoul Olympics).

    To anyone who really knows how this program has worked over the years it is completely laughable to think that a lack of money (or P.R., or television exposure, or quality players, or quality coaches, etc.) has anything at all to do with the repeated failure of the NSO to regain its place amongst the top 4 or 5 countries in the world, which is where Canada stood in the aftermath of 1976 (Montreal Olympics).

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