Senior Men’s National Team Roster Updated Ahead of FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup Exhibition Games
The 13 players travelled to Europe for exhibition games in Germany and Spain over the next two weeks.
Jamal Murray did not travel with the team and will not participate in the upcoming exhibition games. He will continue to focus on his off-season recovery, and a decision on his status for the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup will be made at a later date.
After speaking with both Cory Joseph and Kassius Robertson following training camp, it was determined that it would be in the best interest of both players if they do not advance to the next phase of World Cup training and focus on preparing for their upcoming seasons.
In consultation with team medical staff Oshae Brissett has been ruled out for the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup.
Canada Senior Men’s National Team will face Germany on August 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. Following this game, Canada will head to Hamburg for the 34th Basketball Supercup on August 12-13 at the edel-optics.de Arena. Canada will face New Zealand, while Germany takes on China in the semifinals on Saturday, August 12, with the winners advancing to the finals on Sunday.
Canada then travels to Spain for a two-game exhibition series (August 17-18) at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada in Granada. Canada will face the hosts and defending FIBA Men’s World Cup champions, Spain, on August 17, before taking on Americas zone rivals, Dominican Republic, the following day, August 18.
The FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup 2023, set to take place from August 25 to September 10, will feature the best 32 men’s teams. The Group Phase will take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, with the Final Phase to follow in the Philippines capital city of Manila.
Canada is in Group H and will face France (August 25 – 9:30 a.m. ET), Lebanon (August 27 – 5:45 a.m. ET) and Latvia (August 29 – 9:30 a.m. ET) in the Group Phase in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This past week, the Senior Men’s National Team held a training camp in Toronto at OVO Athletic Centre from August 1-6.
In the Group Phase of the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup 2023, every team plays against the three other teams in its group. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the second round, with the results of the three games from the opening round will carry over to this second round. In the second round, every team will play against the two teams in their group that they did not face in the first round. Following that round, the top two teams from each group will advance to the medal round.
The Canadian men can directly qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with a top-two finish amongst teams from the Americas at the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup 2023.
Basketball fans can watch Team Canada in action starting Friday, August 25, exclusively on Sportsnet and stream live via SN NOW. Full broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
Canada is currently ranked 15th in the FIBA World Ranking presented by Nike.
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