The uncertainty surrounding Jamal Murray’s participation in the FIBA World Cup for Canada has finally been put to rest. Despite missing the pre-tournament games in Germany, the talented guard is gearing up to represent his country on the international stage.
According to Doug Smith, the 2023 NBA champion won’t travel to Germany for 3 pre-World Cup games with Canada but it is hoped that he will be ready for preparation games in Spain and the tournament itself.
Smith also reports that Cory Joseph has withdrawn, and injuries have affected Kassius Robertson and Oshae Brissett.
Canada’s preparations for the FIBA World Cup will kick off with a clash against Germany on August 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. Following this game, the team will compete in the 34th Basketball Supercup in Hamburg on August 12-13, taking on New Zealand.
Next on the agenda is a two-game exhibition series in Spain. Canada will face the hosts and defending World champions, Spain, on August 17, followed by a game against Dominican Republic on August 18, at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada in Granada.
The FIBA World Cup will see Canada compete in Group H alongside France, Lebanon, and Latvia in the Group Phase in Jakarta, Indonesia.