Title: Breaking down Canada’s ‘Group of Death’ draw for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Date: March 16, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down Canada’s tough draw for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, how it came to be, and what comes next.
Sorry. I thought every piece of media featuring singer/songwriter Jason Derulo had to begin like that.
Derulo was a part of Saturday’s draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held August 31 – September 15 in China. It was a spectacle that included Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, a whole lot of pomp and a pretty unfortunate outcome for Canada Basketball.
Canada drew into what will likely be considered the Group of Death for their first major international tournament appearance since 2010. This should not bring about any defeatism as, at their best, Canada Basketball has reached the point where they should feel confident beating just about any country in the world.
“I think you’re gonna have to play, I think the mindset is that you’re thinking that we have to be ready to play whoever comes through that door,” general manager Rowan Barrett told The Athletic earlier this month. “So I don’t know that we sit in anticipation or anything with the draw. I think obviously, you do want to know who you’re playing and start to think about that and prepare for that. I don’t think that there’s any more emotion linked to the draw coming or anything like that.”