In preparation for the FIBA World Cup qualifying window, the men’s Canadian national basketball team roster will feature fewer players with NBA talent and more players with professional experience from other leagues.
On November 10, the Canadians will play against Venezuela, and then on November 13, they will play against Panama. Home-court advantage will be given to the team in both of their games at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, where they will be competing for a spot in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The provincial capital of Alberta will play host to the beginning of the training camp on November 7 through 11.
The only team in the Americas to remain undefeated, Canada is currently leading Group E with an undefeated record of 8-0. Canada is currently ranked 15th in FIBA.
After the previous window, in which Canada had five NBA players on the roster and went 2-0, the country will now need to rely on a few returners and talent from elsewhere.
After competing in the fourth window, Thomas and Phil Scrubb, Kalif Young, Melvin Ejim, and Kassius Robertson all come back to the team. Thomas Kennedy, a forward, is the only current University of Sports athlete on the roster for the training camp.
Eighty countries are competing across six different qualifying windows in order to earn a spot in the 32-team FIBA World Cup that will be held in Japan and the Philippines next summer. This tournament is a direct qualifier for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, which will take place the following year.
The Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will host the FIBA World Cup in 2023, which will take place from August 25th to September 10th of that same year.
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