Expectations across Canada are high for Steve Nash and Jay Triano who are leading Canada’s top basketball talent.
The first day of Canada Basketball‘s weekend training camp took place in Toronto this weekend and even though his role is general manager; Steve Nash still took to the floor to show some of the young talent first-hand a few of his moves.
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Nash did as much with the players as he could before he left on Monday. He demonstrated complex ball handling drills and watched the young guys try to imitate.
Their goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Canada has not qualified since 2000 where Nash led Canada to 5-2 record, losing in the quarter-finals.
Head coach Jay Triano witnessed how the USA’s men’s basketball team changed into back-to-back gold medalists and believes that Canada can take the same approach, expecting his players to buy in for the long-haul and commit to four years with the team.
Triano says the long-term commitment of the players is essential to getting the country back on the world stage.
“I think gone are the days when you can throw 12 players out there and expect to compete, and I think my time with the United States team showed that,” Triano commented. “Jerry Colangelo asked those players for a three-year commitment. When they did that and the players became committed, that’s when they became successful and won back-to-back gold medals.”