Former Toronto Raptors backup point guard Greivis Vasquez has told the local media that he will not play for Venezuela at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico. This leaves them with no NBA players on the roster according to FIBA.
The team’s lone NBA player, Greivis Vasquez, has said to the country’s media that he is not going to play, thus passing on a chance to try and lead his Venezuela into the Olympics.
Canada faces off against Venezuela on September 3rd in Mexico and this was to be the first head-to-head game between Vasquez and his replacement on the Raptors Cory Joseph. A taste and tease for Raptors fans that might just confirm President and General Manager Masai Ujiri made the right move this summer by trading Vasquez for the salary cap space needed to sign Joseph.
Also, Vasquez was the the example used by Team Canada head coach Jay Triano to illustrate how his team’s depth should be able to overcome the opposition in Mexico.
“When you think about team like Venezuela, if we play them on let’s say game 8 out of 9 days or 10 days,” Triano said. “We hope that Vasquez has had to play 38 minutes a game, whereas our guys have played 20 minutes a game and we’re fresh and we’re ready to go.”
Well, that’s a match up Team Canada doesn’t have to worry about anymore. Canada currently has 8 players who played in the NBA last season on their roster.
“We’ve got the most talent we’ve ever had in Canada in a gymnasium at one time, it’s great,” Triano said. “Some of the guys have been through the process for three years. Everyone is still just trying to fit in. Our pool of players is deep. We have the best players in camp in here right now. It’s exciting, but we have a long way to go as far as winning international games.”