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Steve Nash may “oversee” Canadian national hoops program


Canada will not be one of the teams competing this summer in London during the Olympic basketball tournament. They didn’t qualify. They didn’t come close, really.

So they are turning to a model they know and the best basketball player the nation has ever produced — Steve Nash — to turn it around. And no, that does not mean Nash is playing, reports the Vancouver Sun (via J.E. Skeets).

Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash will likely take the same type of executive director role with Canada Basketball that the retired Wayne Gretzky assumed with Hockey Canada in the lead-up to the 2002 Olympics.

Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball’s president-CEO, said Tuesday that he’s had conversations with the Victoria-raised Nash, who is still playing at a high level at age 38, about being an “overseer or executive director” for the national senior men’s team as it points toward the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

There are some good young players coming out of Canada — such as Cavaliers rookie Tristan Thompson — that will be the real keys. A good CEO of the program helps, but at the end of the day it is about talent on the court. Canada needs more of it. But having Nash head the program would boost the profile of the program, and that’s a big start.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.