Former NBA star Steve Nash had high praise for Jamal Murray following Canada's win over the Dominican Republic last night at the Pan Am Games.
Nash even hinted that Murray has a legitimate chance to make Canada's Olympic qualifying roster in August.
Here are some excerpts:
The wave of Canadian basketball talent seems never-ending and Murray is the latest next big thing. In the space of a year he’s gone from an intriguing prospect to an almost certain lottery pick should he declare for the NBA draft in 2016 and now the 6-foot-5 point guard is pushing to make the national team roster for August’s Olympic qualifying event in Mexico City under the watchful eye of the best floor general Canada has ever had.
“I’m just starting to get to know him,” Nash said. “I’ve watched him quite a bit. He’s got a tremendous amount of ability. He’s got a very bright future. It’s very exciting for our program. But it’s also exciting for me as a point guard — to see a young player come through with that much ability is very fun and exciting.”
Nash went on to say this about Murray’s Olympic qualifying chances:
Can an 18-year-old work his way onto a 12-man team that is projected to be made up almost entirely of NBA players?
“I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question,” said Nash, who might have been Canada’s best player when he made his senior national team debut at the 1994 World Championships as a 20-year-old. “It all depends how it shakes out. I think Cory has been our point guard. But there are a lot of guys with an opportunity to take the backup spot. It’s going to be probably one of the most interesting positions at the end of the summer to see who wins that spot.”
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