Strong leadership: JJ Barea leads Puerto Rico to vital FIBA Americas victory – CelebCafe.org

The two finalists at the FIBA Americas tournament will secure berths for the Rio Olympics. It was the second time that summer that one of Joseph’s teams fell in gut-wrenching fashion.

Still, Canada needed to play better than it did against Argentina, regardless of the long-term tournament implications, and it did.

The men will get their first chance to claim an Olympic spot at the FIBA Americas Championship tournament in Mexico City as they open against Argentina on Tuesday. He knows what it takes to be among the top two or three countries across the globe.

The Canadian roster features nine National Basketball Association players, including former No. 1 overall picks from Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, as well as Toronto’s Cory Joseph, Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, Philadelphia’s Nik Stauskas and the Lakers’ Robert Sacre.

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