We caught up with Raptors founder and Canada Basketball’s President and CEO, Glen Grunwald, to chat about his journey in basketball, how it led him to Canada, and why Canadians should be excited about this summer’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Men’s basketball made its debut at the Berlin Summer Olympics in 1936 and Team Canada wasted no time making it onto the podium taking home a silver medal. With no previous tournament of its kind, there was little surprise when Canada won silver—the game was invented by a Canadian after all! (That very same Canadian inventor, James Naismith, tossed the opening jump ball of the tournament.) And while Canada fell to the United States in the gold medal game, many thought they would return to the next Olympic Games and give it another shot.
It’s quite extraordinary for a Grade 10 student to be on the radar of so many Division I NCAA basketball programs. But that’s exactly what 15-year-old Kanani Coon is—extraordinary.
We are excited to announce that this summer’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled for June 29 - July 4 at the Victoria Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C will be aired on CBC.
The floor on which the 2019 Toronto Raptors won their NBA Championship is right where it belongs—Canada. More specifically, Victoria.
With the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament being mere weeks away, Team Canada is looking set to make their strongest push for a medal yet.
March Madness is back. Once again the annual tradition of filling out a tournament bracket while knowing full well it’s destined to bust within the first few games has taken over the internet—and we’re here for it.
Max was just an elementary school student playing in a local Night League when he saw a player on the opposite team whose sneakers were falling apart. “I saw that his shoes weren’t working too well on the court so I gave him mine,” said Max.