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Old 03-16-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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I was wondering if Basketball is a continually growing sport in Canada? I ask because while watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament and other college Basketball games recently, I noticed that there were quite a few Canadian players on many of these top teams. Some of these players are top players on these teams as well. Many are from Toronto, but some are from Montreal, BC, Nova Scotia and other places in the country.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I was wondering if Basketball is a continually growing sport in Canada? I ask because while watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament and other college Basketball games recently, I noticed that there were quite a few Canadian players on many of these top teams. Some of these players are top players on these teams as well. Many are from Toronto, but some are from Montreal, BC, Nova Scotia and other places in the country.
Basketball is a mainstream participatory sport in most of Canada, and almost any high school will have a team. Of course, it is nowhere near as popular as it is in the U.S.

Not sure if it is growing or just maintaining itself steadily. It was pretty popular already when I was a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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As Acajack mentioned playing Basketball has always been a popular sport to play. From personal experience after moving to Toronto in the inner city neighborhoods significantly more kids play Basketball than Hockey the National Sport.

I think what you are noticing recently though is the level of success Canadian players are enjoying at the NCAA and NBA level. Up until this point the only Canadian you could call a "Super Star" is Steve Nash.

Now you have guys like Tristan Thompson (Lottery Pick of the Cleveland Cavs), Myck Kabongo (Predicted Top 10 pick if he declares) and Cory Joseph (1st rd selection of the San Antonio Spurs). The interesting part of their development is that all finished their High School playing careers at US Private Prep Schools where they were recruited. All of them also played travelling Summer Ball around the US when they were still in Toronto.

So the level of competition is still not there in Canada when it comes to Basketball at the High School level, but Prep School and College coaches have Canada on their radar now when scouting and have uncovered some excellent players that could turn out to be NBA All Stars.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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I'm surprised Canada hasnt started some form of professional basketball league as the game is very popular..
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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I'm surprised Canada hasnt started some form of professional basketball league as the game is very popular..
The NBL of Canada started in 2011. Consists of 7 Franchises.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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The NBL of Canada started in 2011. Consists of 7 Franchises.
Correct me if I am wrong but this is not the first attempt at having a national professional basketball league in Canada. The other leagues have all failed.

Off topic but I also know there have been attempts at national Canadian pro soccer leagues as well, which also have not met with much success.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Yes, basketball is popular in Canada. Basketball was played all the time, both in gym class or on the playground outdoors, when I was growing up.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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It's common knowledge Bball was invented by a Canuck.

The popularity of basketball has declined DRASTICALLY here in Oz since the 90s glory days with Jordan etc. Only recently with digital TV have they begun showing NBL games on free to air TV again. This was after a 10 year hiatus. The Raptors are still in the NBA, right? I think the Vancouver Grizzlies are no more.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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The NBL of Canada started in 2011. Consists of 7 Franchises.
Really? then they should invest in a bit of marketing as i've never heard of it or seen a game scheduled on TSN, Do we have a franchise here in Montreal?
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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Correct me if I am wrong but this is not the first attempt at having a national professional basketball league in Canada. The other leagues have all failed.

Off topic but I also know there have been attempts at national Canadian pro soccer leagues as well, which also have not met with much success.
Your right on. There was the original National Basketball League of Canada which defaulted in the 90's; Ontario Professional B-Ball Association which folded in 2004. I also vaguely remember Dr. J trying to start a league in Canada which never got off the ground.

There have been numerous attempts at Pro Soccer Leagues in Canada, that is an even tougher sell than Basketball it seems. I do love how much the MLS has progressed though, so I think the future of Soccer in Canada is directly tied to the MLS success. MLS recently passed the NBA in the US as the 3rd most attended Sport, I am watching closely to see how the Montreal Impact catch on, especially since they have two Jamaicans on the roster that play Internationally for us.
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