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“I’m trying to work on my foot speed up and down and my post moves,” Doucoure said in February after putting up 12 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in a 52-45 loss to Rutgers target Paul Mulcahy and Gill St. Bernard’s at the Metro Classic at Kean University.
From Andrew Wiggins to Tristan Thompson to Kelly Olynyk, Canadians have announced their presence in the NBA with authority.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a former teammate of Wiggins with the CIA Bounce AAU program, hopes to make an impact as well when he joins the Knicks in training camp on a partially guaranteed contract.
“Most definitely, it means a lot to be from Canada, to represent this country and be another one of those guys to flourish in the NBA,” Rathan-Mayes, 23, said Sunday by phone from Toronto where he’s training with the Canadian Senior National Team for the upcoming FIBA AmeriCup 2017. “Tristan Thompson is like my big brother and like a mentor to me. Just to see some of the things that he’s doing. Andrew is one of my best friends, and Tyler Ennis [of the Lakers] is another one of my best friends. It’s definitely special, the culture that we’re building with Canada Basketball and hopefully we can continue that and do really special things here in the future.”
Sonny Vaccaro has been a longtime defender of the rights of student-athletes, as well as a longtime critic of both the NCAA and Nike.
So it’s no surprise that he’s taking Isaiah Washington’s side in the current #JellyFam controversy.
“Nike’s doing what a businessperson would do,” Vaccaro, the legendary grassroots sneaker guru who signed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to multi-million dollar sneaker deals, said Saturday by phone. “They found an idea. They don’t have to give someone else credit for it other than their employee Paul George and they profit by it.
“I’m not saying who’s first here, I’m not saying who’s second. I’m saying who popularized it was this kid Washington. That’s who made it popular, Isaiah and his teammates.”