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SportsCavs' Thompson latest NBAer to forgo Canada's World Cup team

09:35  19 july  2019
09:35  19 july  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Kim leads Marathon Classic; Thompson 1 shot back

Kim leads Marathon Classic; Thompson 1 shot back SYLVANIA, Ohio — Sei Young Kim shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday in the Marathon Classic to take a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson into the final round. Kim had seven birdies and two bogeys in gusty conditions to reach 16-under 197 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. 

Thompson represented his country and Canada Basketball at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship "Tristan Thompson turned down an million contract from the Cavs , and 3 months later it looks like a disaster". ^ "Tristan Thompson ruled out of Canada ' s team at Olympic qualifier".

The United States men' s national basketball team will compete in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup . After rule changes by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in 2015

Cavs' Thompson latest NBAer to forgo Canada's World Cup team© NurPhoto / Getty

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play for his native Canada in this summer's FIBA World Cup, his agent, Rich Paul, told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Thompson has been a mainstay with the Canadian senior men's team since 2012 and played in a World Cup qualifier against Brazil last summer. He was invited to Team Canada's August training camp this week - unlike Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins, who also passed on playing.

The 28-year-old's absence will open the door for some other Canadian big men at training camp, including Dwight Powell, Brandon Clarke, and Khem Birch.

Thompson missed 39 games this past season due to a foot injury. He's averaged 9.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in 562 career NBA contests.

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Forecasting Canada's FIBA World Cup roster.
It's no secret Canada's representation at the NBA level has steadily increased over the past decade. After this year's draft saw a record-breaking six Canadians selected, there could be 20-plus players with ties to the Great White North hooping in the Association next season. That figure would easily rank first among nations outside the U.S. The recent influx of talent hasn't translated to success at the world's premier international tournaments so far, though. Save for a silver medal in basketball's Olympic debut in 1936 - a tournament that was played on grass courts and produced a 19-8 score in the final against the U.S.

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