Head Coach Nurse Plans to Ramp Up Recruiting Efforts for Canada
You live and you learn.
“When I considered (the job) I thought there would be a majority of NBA guys playing, which I thought made sense as an NBA coach to have an NBA guy coaching them,” Nick Nurse said about his mindset going into accepting the head coaching gig for Canada’s national program.
Things didn’t turn out according to plan as many NBA names opted to skip out on the FIBA World Cup to either rehab nagging injuries or set their focus on the upcoming NBA season. Without the talent necessary to compete, the expectations for Canada plummeted and through two games in the preliminary round its clear that Canada is just not on the same level as basketball’s best without its stars.
“I think that no matter what we do, and Steve (Nash) mentioned this years ago, in the end this is the players’ program,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball’s general manager. “It’s their program, and so if we want to win, ultimately it’s going to come on the backs of the players.”
With the experience he has acquired over what has been a long Summer, Nurse plans on being more aggressive in the future when it comes to recruitment.
“I think I have got to try and develop some relationships with some of these guys and see where they are at,” said Nurse after practice. “But I need more information. I need a better understanding of why or why not? Will they or will they not participate, and why or why not?”
With many of Canada’s basketball stars still young, the Toronto Raptors head coach will definitely have plenty of opportunities to build a strong team in years to come. With the likes of Jamal Murray, RJ Barrett, and even Andrew Wiggins still in their early 20’s, the future of Canadian basketball remains bright.
It remains bright and only if these big names choose to play, we will be able to see Canada’s golden age of basketball.