Toronto (Canada), August 4 (EFE).- Spaniard Jordi Fernandez believes he can help improve the level of Canadian players and coaches from his position as the new Canadian men's basketball coach.
“Obviously I wasn't born or raised here but I believe I can help not only the players but the Canadian coaches. My job is to raise the level of this team and the federation in general,” Fernandes said when asked by Efe during the game. His first contact with the Canadian team players in Toronto.
Fernandez was named the Canadiens' head coach on June 28, replacing Nick Nurse, the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Shortly before he was appointed to lead the Canadian national team, Fernandes was one of the most talked about names to take over the Toronto Raptors.
Under the supervision of Fernandez, the Canadian national team will participate in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
Canada, ranked 15th in FIBA, is included in Group H alongside Latvia, Lebanon and France.
Fernandez, who will combine his role as a Canadian coach with the position of assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings, of the American Professional Basketball League, considers it an “honor” to represent the North American country.
The 40-year-old Catalan coach, born in Badalona (Spain), explained: “It is a great honor because in the end, representing a country and all people is very special. If you think about it this way, you will feel connected to many things.” ).
“It feels very special and you feel it is a great honor that they have given you a special trust to represent the name of a country, a jersey that means a lot not only to people who love basketball but to all Canadians,” he added.
Fernandes has several NBA players on the Canadian team, including Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dillon Brooks.
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