NUGGETS

Jamal Murray is on Canada’s elite roster for Olympic training camp

Jun 19, 2024, 1:57 PM | Updated: 2:22 pm

Team Canada will have a real shot at medals at the 2024 Olympics in Paris this summer, announcing a training camp roster on Wednesday that is loaded with NBA players, and among them is Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray.

But this might not be the Blue Arrow’s squad with Oklahoma City’s starting backcourt led by MVP candidate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also on the roster. Then there’s his cousin and defensive standout Nickeil Alexander-Walker, plus another defensive maestro in Dillon Brooks and young Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard all in the Great White North’s backcourt.

The full roster is below, which also has NBAers Kyle Anderson, RJ Barrett, Trey Lyles, Kelly Olynyk, Dwight Powell and Andrew Wiggins. Plus former NBAer Khem Birch and two-time college basketball National Player of the Year Zach Edey.

Murray bailed on last year’s Canadian World Cup team, citing fatigue post-Nuggets championship run. His countrymates beat Team USA for the bronze medal in that 2023 tournament.

“While winning bronze at the World Cup last summer was an important first step for our team, it also showed that we still have work to do as a group,” said former Nuggets assistant coach and head coach of Team Canada Jordi Fernandez in a news release. “If you ask anyone within our team and program, we have a constant drive to improve and will work tirelessly throughout training camp and our exhibition schedule to fully prepare to achieve our ultimate goal at the Paris Olympics.”

Team Canada will begin training on June 28 in Toronto with an exhibition against Team USA in Las Vegas on July 10. Then they head overseas for more practice games in late July against France and of the Puerto Rico qualifier.

Canada begins their games with a contest against the winner of the Greece Olympic Qualifying Tournament on July 27. They can carry 12 players on their roster for the tournament and it’s widely expected Murray will be a part of the team if he stays with the team this summer.

The 2024 games are Canada’s first appearance in the Men’s Hoops tournament since the 2000 games, and they’ll look to get a second-ever medal, joining their 1936 squad.

Murray will be joined by fellow Nuggets Nikola Jokic for Serbia and Vlatko Cancar for Slovenia as participants in Paris.

Nuggets

DaRon Holmes II...

Jake Shapiro

Nuggets get devastating news, rookie tears Achilles in Summer League

DaRon Holmes II was solid in his professional debut but sadly it ended with the rookie leaving the court with a torn Achilles

7 hours ago

Nikola Jokic during the friendly basketball match between Serbia and France...

Jake Shapiro

Jokic on fire against Wemby and Gobert in Olympic tune-up game

The three-time NBA MVP led Serbia as they held on for a 79-67 win over France in an exhibition contest in Lyon on Friday

15 hours ago

Nikola Jokic trailer...

Will Petersen

Nikola Jokic snubbed at ESPYS, doesn’t win best NBA player

The awards show was broadcast live on Thursday night, but Nikola Jokic was snubbed before the festivities even began; it went to Luka Doncic

1 day ago

amal Murray #4 of Canada shoots a layup against Jrue Holiday #12 and Joel Embiid #11 of the United ...

Jake Shapiro

Jamal Murray blows off question about Nuggets contract extension

Jamal Murray struggled against the Dream Team on Wednesday in an exhibition game and after he didn't clear up his contract either

2 days ago

Derrick White of Team USA...

Jake Shapiro

Colorado hoops star gets last spot on Team USA for Paris Olympics

It's the summer of a lifetime for Derrick White, he now will become a member of the Dream Team—Team USA at the Olympics

3 days ago

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the 2015 US Open Men's Singles champion, meets (L) NBA player Russell Wes...

Jake Shapiro

Russell Westbrook is already hanging out with a Serbian GOAT

If it's Nikola Jokic that is directing the Nuggets to pick up Russell Westbrook, then the MVP phoned in a big gun—Novak Djokovic

3 days ago

Jamal Murray is on Canada’s elite roster for Olympic training camp