Why Nuggets star Jamal Murray isn't playing for Canada at FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023
Why Nuggets star Jamal Murray isn't playing for Canada at FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023
Why Jamal Murray isn't playing for Canada at FIBA Basketball World Cup

If Team Canada wants to make a deep run at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, it will have to do so without one of the country's best players.

After winning an NBA championship with the Nuggets, Jamal Murray joined Canada's extended roster earlier this summer. The 26-year-old guard was able to participate in training camp, but he later announced that he would miss the international tournament.

Why did Murray decide to leave Team Canada before the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup?

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Why Jamal Murray isn't playing for Canada at FIBA Basketball World Cup

On Aug. 16, Canada Basketball released a statement on Murray's status, saying that he would not be able to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Murray explained that he needed more recovery time following Denver's long stretch of playoff action.

"When I came into training camp, I wanted to see how my body would respond after a long and demanding season and if I would be physically able to compete at the highest level required for the World Cup," Murray said.

"In consultation with medical staff and the team, it is clear that additional recovery is required, and I have made the difficult decision to not participate in the tournament. It's still a dream of mine to represent Canada at the Olympics, and I will support the team every step of the way as they pursue this goal."

Murray, who sat out the entire 2021-22 NBA season with a torn left ACL, didn't suit up for any of Canada's pre-tournament games. He played in 65 of the Nuggets' 82 regular season games and all 20 of their postseason games.

Team Canada's roster for 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Here is Canada's roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup:

Player Height Position
Kyle Alexander 6-10 Forward
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 6-5 Guard
RJ Barrett 6-6 Guard
Trae Bell-Haynes 6-2 Guard
Dillon Brooks 6-7 Forward
Luguentz Dort 6-3 Guard
Zach Edey 7-4 Center
Melvin Ejim 6-6 Forward
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 6-6 Guard
Kelly Olynyk 7-0 Center
Dwight Powell 6-9 Center
Phil Scrubb 6-4 Guard

Team Canada schedule at 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Team Canada will be part of Group H at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The Canadians will face France, Latvia and Lebanon in the group stage and play their games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Date Opponent Time (ET)
Aug. 25 vs. France 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 27 vs. Lebanon 5:45 a.m.
Aug. 29 vs. Latvia 9:30 a.m.

When is the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup?

  • Dates: Aug. 25-Sept. 10
  • Locations: Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines

The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup will begin on Friday, Aug. 25. The group stage will take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

The championship game will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10.

How to watch 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup: TV channels and live streams

In the United States, all 92 FIBA Basketball World Cup games will be available to watch on either ESPN2 or ESPN+. Basketball fans can also stream the games via Courtside 1891 or Sling TV.

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