Canada Basketball

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Canada Basketball
Canada Basketball logo.svg
Formation 1923; 95 years ago (1923)
Type National Governing Body (NGB)
Region served
Official language
Affiliations FIBA
FIBA Americas

Canada Basketball (CB) is a non-profit organization and the governing body for basketball in Canada.[1] This national federation was founded in 1923.[2] The organization is responsible for the selection and training of players who represent the Men's and Women's national teams and then represent Canada in international competition, including Olympic, Pan American and FISU Games, as well as the FIBA World Championships.[3] The current President and CEO is Michele O'Keefe.

In addition to its international programs, Canada Basketball oversees programs at amateur and grassroots levels throughout Canada. Some of the influential Canada Basketball Alumni include Steve Nash, Leo Rautins, Stacey Dales, and Lars Hansen. Canada Basketball launched the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program in September, 2007. Basketball is the fastest growing sport in Canada, and attracts many young Canadians from all backgrounds.[4]

In May 2012, Canada Basketball named Steve Nash the General Manager of the Senior Men's National Program. Canada Basketball hired Jay Triano to coach its Senior Men's National Team in August 2012, and hired Lisa Thomaidis as the head coach of the Senior Women's Program in March 2013. The Council Of Excellence is designed to strengthen the game of basketball in Canada as to propel Canadian Basketball back to international prominence. The Council Of Excellence includes, Jay Triano, Steve Nash, Maurizio Gherardini, Glen Grunwald, Don McCrae, Kathy Shields, Ken Shields, Steve Konchalski, and Sylvia Sweeney. [5]

2012 Senior Men's Training Camp Roster[edit]

2012 Senior Women's Team[edit]

Canadians who are currently playing in the NBA include: Samuel Dalembert, Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson, Robert Sacre and Joel Anthony, while Tammy Sutton-Brown plays in the WNBA. There are several Canadians playing professionally for minor league basketball organizations throughout North America. The more prominent minor league basketball organizations in North America include the NBA G League, Premier Basketball League, American Basketball Association (2000-), Continental Basketball Association, International Basketball League, and the United Basketball League. Many young people in Canada may continue to play basketball in college and university. University and college options within Canada include U Sports,[6] and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association.[7] There is also a growing number of both Canadian men and women playing in the NCAA. [8]

Many Canadian men and women playing basketball after university and college choose to play professionally overseas.[9] Canada was once home to the National Basketball League. The league lasted one and a half seasons from 1993–1994. A new league, the National Basketball League of Canada was formed in 2011 and the London Lightning have claimed the first two national titles. The NBL of Canada will expand to 10 teams in 2013-14 with the additions of the Brampton A's and the Ottawa SkyHawks.


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