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Team Canada announces Nick Nurse will continue as men’s national team head coach

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The Canadian men’s national basketball team did not get to compete in the 2020(/21) Olympics, but Raptors coach Nick Nurse will be there for the 2023 FIBA Word Cup and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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Despite a disappointing showing in the lead-up to the 2020 (but 2021) Olympics in Tokyo, Team Canada announced on Monday that Raptors head coach Nick Nurse will continue on as the leader of the roster from the bench. The announcement has Nurse locked in for the next quadrennial, which means he’ll be the men’s national team for the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup and the next Olympics, hosted by Paris in 2024.

Here it is from the man himself:

Canada did not make it into these most recent Olympics, despite a roster filled with NBA-calibre players — including R.J. Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, Lu Dort, and former Raptor Cory Joseph. As Sportsnet’s Michael Grange gets at here, part of the problem is a lack of continuity, which was obviously not helped by the pandemic and the weird shifts it caused to the NBA season.

The return of Team Canada would be the first time the men’s national team has competed in the Olympics since 2000, back when Steve Nash was approaching the peak of his powers. Can Nurse help put the pieces in place to make it happen? Given the burgeoning talent on the roster and Nurse’s proven track record, one can hope.