The excitement around the Team Canada Senior Men’s team has been building for what seems like years, and it’s finally time to see this roster in action. If you missed our full team preview from last week, check it out here.
Ahead of their action at the FIBA World Cup in Indonesia later this month, the team will be participating in two sets of exhibition games in the coming weeks. The first set will be in Germany, and the second set in Spain.
Canada Basketball announced the roster and a few updates on the team earlier this week — most notably that 2023 NBA Champion Jamal Murray will NOT participate in the Germany exhibition games. His status for the Spain games and the FIBA World Cup itself is still to be determined.
Since Murray played in the NBA finals into June, the national program have been making sure he is healthy and rested enough to be playing this summer. Especially as Murray suffered a torn ACL just a few years ago, keeping the superstar healthy is of the utmost importance. Canada Basketball has said they are in contact with the Denver Nuggets regarding Jamal Murray’s ramp up and participation in World Cup games.
Still, despite him missing the games in Germany, Canada Basketball seems optimistic about Murray’s chances of playing possibly in Spain and in the World Cup. He remains in Toronto, working out and ramping up with Canada Basketball.
Canada Basketball confirms:— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) August 7, 2023
*Jamal Murray out for Germany friendlies, status for Spain & World Cup TBD, still optimism
*Oshae Brissett (knee) is out
*Cory Joseph (back) not continuing on
*Kassius Robertson not continuing on as World Cup overlaps with Valencia/EuroLeague camp
In terms of other roster updates, Canada Basketball announced that Oshae Brissett is OUT with a knee injury, Cory Joseph will not play anymore this summer due to a back injury, and Kassius Robertson will not be with the team due to Euro League overlap.
The team is currently in Berlin, preparing for exhibition games. They then travel to Spain, before heading to Indonesia to start their World Cup Group phase. Canada will face France, Lebanon and Latvia in the group stage round robin in hopes of making it to the knockout stage.
Stay tuned for more updates on Canada’s World Cup hopes.