As most of you were aware, Jay Triano remained on the Raptors’ staff in a scouting capacity after the team relieved him of his head coaching duties last off-season. If you were at the Air Canada Centre for a Raptors game in 2011-2012, you might have even spotted Triano lurking in and around the same area as Bryan Colangelo in the players’ tunnel.
But according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Triano’s days with the Raptors may be numbered after a decade of service.
It sounds like Triano, who was reportedly also coveted by the Mavericks, will serve as an assistant under new Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.
More importantly for Canadian basketball fans, though, was Stein’s follow-up tweet:
Triano will soon have two new gigs with new Canada Basketball GM Steve Nash poised to bring JT back as Canada head coach a la 2000 Olympics
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 17, 2012
I think it’s safe to say that most of us assumed this was coming when Nash took over as Canadian team General Manager.
I was probably one of Triano’s biggest critics within the Raptors’ blogosphere during his tenure as head coach, but you can’t deny that he seems to be well respected in NBA circles, particularly when it comes to his knowledge of the international game.
He might have been in over his head as a lead man in the Association, but he never should have been replaced as head coach of Team Canada, and the extra NBA experience he’s racked up since then should prove valuable to the national team.
With a bevy of promising youngsters, which includes one of the best high school prospects since LeBron James, ready to make the NBA leap over the next few years and some additional players alrady drafted, we seem to be entering what could be a Golden Age for Canadian basketball.
Given his once highly touted presence within Canada Basketball and his eventual fall from grace with the Raptors, perhaps it would be fitting for Triano to now play a part in a Canadian resurrection of sorts.
Jay Triano and Canada…back from the basketball dead?