In The Paint: We the West's Official Blog

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.