Triano Seeking Long-Term Commitment
Canadian head basketball coach and Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano is using USA Basketball as a template and he’s asking players to commit the next four years to prepare for the 2016 Olympic in Brazil.
“I think gone are the days when you can throw 12 players out there and expect to compete, and I think my time with the United States team showed that,” Triano told The Canadian Press. “Jerry Colangelo asked those players for a three-year commitment. When they did that and the players became committed, that’s when they became successful and won back-to-back gold medals.”
The national team just completed a mini-camp and everyone is enthusiastic about the future. The main reason is the addition of Steve Nash as the general manager.
Joel Anthony, Tristan Thompson, Kris Joseph, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson and Robert Sacre were all in attendance at the camp.
“If we’re going to be successful guys are going to commit,” Triano said. “The fact that they’re here working as hard as they are right now speaks volumes to their commitment.”