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Team Canada Releases Lacklustre FIBA World Cup Roster

So much for the golden age of Canadian basketball, eh?

Safe to say that things looked more promising at the start of the Summer, but after a crushing tune-up defeat at the hands of a depleted American team, Canada was brought back down to earth.

The FIBA World Cup will be a difficult challenge for a Canadian team that simply put, lacks any sort of firepower. A team headlined by Cory Joseph and Khem Birch will boast little NBA presence and will look to play the roll of underdog in what appears to be a very difficult group.

Head coach Nick Nurse may have just coached the postseason of his life, but that may pale in comparison to the uphill journey he has been presented with the World Cup. With no Kyle Lowry or Kawhi Leonard in sight, Nurse will be forced to essentially work minor miracles every step of the way, but as more Canadian stars dropped out of camp, Nurse continued to preach defensive intensity and fluid ball movement.

That being said, the Canadians released their World Cup roster on Friday and it featured one final injury of note. Toronto Raptors signee Oshae Brissett will be left off the team as he suffered a late injury.

The Canadians will take on the Australians on Sunday as the challenging journey quickly approaches.

Canada will begin tournament play in Group H, a group that also features Senegal, a basketball powerhouse in Lithuania, and Australia. The Boomers gave the Americans their first international loss in over a decade recently and will enter the World Cup as one of the tournament favourites.

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