The Oklahoma City Thunder will see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort suit up for Team Canada in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The two seem poised to lead their country on a deep run in the FIBA Tournament. On Tuesday, the practice began at the Toronto Raptors facility, which was open to Canadian Media members. We got our first looks at Lu Dort, who is wearing the number 0 for Team Canada, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the white and red.
As the team continues to prepare for their initial FIBA World Cup contests that begin on August 9th against Germany and wrap up on August 18th against the Dominican Republic before tournament play begins on August 25th through September 10th.
OKC Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dominates at Team Canada practice, beats Knicks forward RJ Barrett in shooting competition.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star is one of the main attractions on Team Canada, arguably the team’s best player alongside Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, and on the first day of practice in front of the media, Gilgeous-Alexander ran the show. On top of dominating in drills, handling his press conference well, and finding chemistry with his new teammates, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took the time to beat RJ Barrett in a shooting competition called “Bank.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will look to lead Team Canada at the FIBA World Cup. The max contract point guard has expressed to those of us in the media that participating in last year’s Team Canada qualifiers is what helped him have a breakout season in 2022-23. Players across the league have also touched on what playing in these environments does for their NBA career, and the OKC Thunder are well represented in FIBA.