It wouldn't do to engage in baseless speculation about who will be the next coach of Canada Basketball. Let's just point out Michael Grange pulled very punches vis-a-vis Leo Rautins' coaching future in his Globe & Mail column today.
As a fan, there's obviously a bias here. Forgive him, he knows not what he writes. OK, out with it...
There's a thought -- maybe a fantasy -- dancing in this hoophead's cranium that involves a certain coach, right here in Canada's capital, who's done very well with another program that wears red and black, steering our national men's basketball team back to the Olympics in London four years from now — or maybe in 2016 in Chicago. You probably know his name.
It's not for yours truly to say that could happen or should happen. It's a nice fantasy, though, as another Olympic basketball tournament comes around minus a team wearing the Maple Leaf.
Canada needs a lot to get back to the Olympics, though, more than just coaching.
Update: Here's the highlight reel from the Redeem Team's exhibition win over Canada.
Rautins coaching against the house (Michael Grange, globesports.com)