By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada Basketball announced on Wednesday that Jamal Murray, an NBA champion with the Denver Nuggets, will not be participating in the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup.
“When I entered the training camp, I wanted to assess how my body would respond after a long and demanding season and whether I would be physically capable of competing at the highest required level for the World Cup. Following consultations with medical staff and the team, it has become evident that I need additional time for recovery. Therefore, I have had to make the difficult decision of not taking part in the tournament. Representing Canada at the Olympics remains a dream of mine, and I will support the team throughout their journey as they pursue this objective,” stated Murray.
Canada has assembled a highly competitive team featuring NBA players such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and R.J. Barrett under the leadership of coach Jordi Fernandez. However, the absence of their biggest star will undoubtedly impact their quest for their first World Cup medal.
“After numerous discussions over the past few weeks with Jamal and the team’s medical staff, it became evident that further recovery and rehabilitation would prevent Jamal from joining our team for the upcoming FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup,” explained Rowan Barrett, General Manager / Executive Vice-President of the Senior Men’s Program.
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Canada has been placed in Group H and is scheduled to compete against France, Lebanon, and Latvia during the Group Phase in Jakarta, Indonesia.