San Antonio Spurs 2011 draftee and Canadian born, Cory Joseph, will join the senior men's Canadian national team and participate in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina according to ctvolympics.ca:
"First off, it's an honour to play for your country and I'm excited to get on the floor and represent Canada as best as I can," said Joseph, who first represented Canada in 2007. "I know we have a young, great group, with Joel (Anthony), (Carl) English and (Andy) Rautins coming in. I think it's going to be a fun experience and I am excited to play with guys I already know, like Denham (Brown). Hopefully we come back with the gold, but if not, qualify for the Olympics."
"It's going to be fun," says Joseph, who was raised in the Greater Toronto Area. "Everyone wants to play in front of your friends and family and it's always fun to come back and play at home. I've played in the States for a long time, so it's going to feel really good coming home and playing in front of friends and family."
For Joseph, this will not be his first foray in international competition. He first played for Team Canada's U19 squad at 15-years old. Joseph will join other NBA players such as Joel Anthony and Andy Rautins as Canada hopes to make it to the 2012 London games. However, Spurs' Matt Bonner, who was hoping to gain Canadian citizenship, will not be a part of the team.
Other current and potential future Spurs will be on display for fans to see in action such as Manu Ginobili with Argentina, Tony Parker with France, Adam Hanga with Hungary, Tiago Splitter with Brazil, Erazem Lorbek with Slovenia, and Davis Bertans with Lithuania.
As for Joseph, this will be a great opportunity for Spurs fans to get a glimpse of what he could bring to the team and not to mention some much needed basketball action to watch with the lockout and offseason in full swing.
Thoughts Spurs fans? Excited to see Joseph in action?
It's better for him because rookies grow up through competition. I heard that the Heat isn't likely going to keep Chalmers. He is a restricted FA but the Heat cannot and at same time won't match higher offer. I know we gave up him because of George Hill. However, now Hill is gone, it won't hurt to have a young backup PG at this time. If we can sign him a 3 yrs lower than 12mil that will be good.