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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my feature on new Vancouver Whitecaps FC Coach Craig Dalrymple

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New Vancouver Whitecaps FC Coach Craig Dalrymple on September 28, 2018.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my Canadian Championship Final match breakdown between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC.

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MONTREAL, Quebec – Please visit Red Nation Online for player reaction on The Winning 2026 United Bid.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my feature on New England Revolution winger, Diego Fagúndez.

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The Pacific Rim Basketball Classic will see Canada vs China on June 22 in Vancouver, and June 24 in Victoria. 

VANCOUVER, B.C – We’re talking basketball, and specifically the announcement of the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic next month. Canada Basketball was in Vancouver on Monday to unveil a pair of games vs China, on June 22 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena, and June 24 in Victoria at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Tickets go on sale May 31.

“It’s exciting to be coming back to Vancouver,” said, Rowan Barrett, Assistant GM/Executive VP, Senior Men’s Program. “This has long been a great basketball city. Our goal is to draw our game and our team all around the country, and capture the hearts, minds, and hopefully find the next generation of young kids that are going to come along and play this game.” 

It’s an important juncture for Canada as they prepare for two 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas Qualifiers vs Dominican Republic on Friday, June 29 in Toronto at the Ricoh Coliseum, and vs U.S. Virgin Islands at TD Place Arena on Monday, July 2 in Ottawa.

Head Coach Jay Triano will put his players through the paces during a training camp at The Richmond Oval on June 20-21. Canada’s roster includes several NBA players, the likes of Kelly Olynyk, Jamal Murray, Dillon Brooks, Cory Joseph, Dwight Powell, and Tristan Thompson will be in B.C. – The most talented Canadian basketball player will not.

Andrew Wiggins

“Right now we don’t believe he will be with us in June,” Barrett told reporters. “But the door is open for September potentially as well. I think this is something that we’re always going to face with our teams. Different windows, we’re going to have different athletes. It’s very very important to manage that continuity that you hope for, that you want. Most countries are just not going to have that because of the time frames, and competition structure, but I think we’ve been managing it well so far. We do have some players that can be very competitive, who are very anxious to get on the floor for their country.”

The 23 year-old Wiggins clearly marches to his own beat. He didn’t play for Canada in the last-chance Rio Olympic qualifiers in 2016. Canada lost 83-74 in the finals against France. While Canada Basketball would no doubt love to have him, for whatever reason, it just isn’t in the cards right now. The frustration from fans, media, and observers is already evident on social media. They want to see Wiggins represent Canada, and can’t understand why he won’t.

It’s especially perplexing when Cleveland Cavaliers forward, Tristan Thompson, is still competing for the Cavs as they get set to start the NBA Finals on May 31. Wiggins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t played a competitive game since April 25.

“I do think there are some things that he needs to take care of.” Barret said, of Wiggins absence. “Our athletes are human beings, with lives. They’ve got other things that they need to do. For us, the most important thing is we’re going to have a deep and strong field so that if we miss one player or another we can back field with a Jamal Murray, Dillon Brooks. Our focus is on the players that we have that are going to compete, and not the athletes that are not going to be there. We need to put our positive energy towards that and figure out how we’re going to win.”

That’s exactly the attitude Canada has, and Wiggins does not. If Wiggins is not going to participate, it’s his loss. This is a fantastic time for Canadian basketball. There’s never been as much top talent as there is now. With Wiggins at home, it opens opportunities for other players who actually want to play for Canada and represent the red and white.

Canada has the ability to put a competitive squad on the court, and it all starts with the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic.

 

 

 

 

 

ORLANDO, Florida – Please visit Equalizer Soccer for my story on Germany’s ups and downs.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Montreal Impact Canadian Championship semifinals second leg match report.

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