Here's what I think Canada's problem is. We're not thinking outside the box. Other countries have hired coaches from outside their borders, ex: Del Harris in China. We should hire a coach who has considerable experience either in the NBA or in Europe. Here's a name I'll just throw out there - Greg Popovich. The Spurs coach is a proven winner and he has experience coaching international players. Also, Canadian NT member Cory Joseph just happens to be one of his new players for the Spurs. Just an idea.
I can't remember if Pop has already coached team USA and if that would make him ineligible. If not Pop maybe someone like Mike D'Antoni would work.
There was no way Nash was going to play.
Nash said injury would have kept him from playing even if he wanted to.
"I didn't even really know going into the summer it was an Olympic qualifying year," Nash said. "It just wasn't on my radar because I retired so long ago. If I would have known we weren't going back to work until December, and if I was healthy and Canada Basketball came to me and said, 'Would you consider playing this summer?' I would have considered playing. But I'm not healthy. I didn't know how the lockout would go. I retired seven years ago. So it wasn't necessarily up for debate."