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Andrew Nicholson Scores 10 Points, Canada Loses in Slovenia

2014 July 24
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Canadian national basketball team began their 11-game exhibition tour of Europe today as they fell to Slovenia 92-80. The game was played in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia as part of the Pokal Adecco 2014 mini-tourney. Andrew Nicholson did not start the contest. Instead, Coach Jay Triano decided to have the 24-year-old come off the bench and play at center. Andrew tallied 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting and was 4-of-6 from the free throw line. The St. Bonaventure product only attempted one 3-pointer, though the result wasn’t ideal.

I won’t comment on Nicholson’s fitness, defense, or rebounding  until after Andrew gets some more games under his belt. I will say that Andrew needed more touches on offense and more minutes on a second unit that clearly lacked weapons. Slovenia won thanks to their 13-of-26 shooting from 3-point range as Canada couldn’t counter the outstanding ball movement from the hosts.

I think the team should get the benefit of the doubt for having their lackluster moments during the contest. They had flown to Venice, Italy on Wednesday and then had to endure a 5-hour bus drive to their Slovenian destination. The body takes a few days to adjust to the time change from traveling. The Canadian squad remains in Slovenia and will take on Ukraine on Friday at 11:15 a.m. EST.

On a side note, Andrew Nicholson responded to a very curious statement from ESPN’s Jason Whitlock. The Toronto Sun’s Ryan Wolstat has that story.

American provocateur Jason Whitlock got his desired result Tuesday, when he said Canadian athletes — and Vaughan’s Andrew Wiggins in particular — “perhaps don’t want it as much as some of the Europeans and certainly the American players.”

Speaking with fellow ESPNer Keith Olbermann, Whitlock, no stranger to controversial, attention-grabbing comments, said “Andrew Wiggins’ effort and intensity sometimes was inconsistent at Kansas and that might be a personality quark he’ll deal with throughout his career. “That’s why (the Cavs) would probably prefer to play with Kevin Love.

“This is what a lot of NBA people believe. American-born … players have more intensity, they’re not as laid back.”

Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson, who played extremely aggressively, getting himself into foul trouble a year ago, was stunned when he heard the quote.

“Wow. I don’t agree with that. I know we have motivation, that’s why we are here,” Nicholson said.

That’s quite the controversial statement to make and clearly would warrant responses from Canadian players and brass, including from Nicholson who we know is typically a man of few words.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

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