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Old 04-11-2015, 07:57 AM   #51
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Belatedly one video on the sights and sounds of Montreal once again hosting a NBA Canada Series game between Toronto and Washington at the Bell Centre (Centre Bell). More details on Montreal basketball will come tomorrow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChWf92MGIGI
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Old 19-11-2015, 09:14 AM   #52
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Yeah, the Toronto Raptors took their annual "Le Nord C'Est Nous" act to Montreal's Bell Centre when they were facing the Washington Wizards to close out the NBA Canada Series in the preseason in front another 20,000 packed crowd. Raptors got some semblance of their revenge 92-82 that Friday night. Shame that Vancouver no longer is a part of this, but if the Grizzlies were still there I have a feeling they and the Raptors would alternate their preseason games in Montreal each year. No Paul Pierce present to infuriate Montreal basketball fans like across the nation in Vancouver when the Clippers visited. Toronto's top players were ready for the season to start. Montreal Impact star Didier Drogba, Canada's top tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, and UFC legend Georges St-Pierre--both from Montreal--were all courtside to take in the action among the 20,072 there. Apparently, Genie was saving a courtside seat for Montreal Canadiens forward Alexander Galchenyuk
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...e-in-montreal/
http://montrealgazette.com/sports/ba...at-bell-centre
http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/10/23/...uneup-montreal
http://www.tvasports.ca/2015/10/23/l...urnent-la-page
http://www.tvasports.ca/2015/10/23/d...ch-des-raptors

Once again at this time, talk always abound on the NBA coming more permanently to Montreal. Michael Fortier, a banker, a former Canadian Senator, and cabinet minister under the recently-deposed Stephen Harper government and already talked with Adam Silver, is keen on accomplishing just that with a couple of fellow Quebec business investors, each who will fork over C$100 million to see that as a reality in the future and will keep the lines of communications with Silver open in the meantime. Also turns out the Montreal Canadiens, the owners of Centre Bell, are no longer interested in creating and operating an NBA franchise at their home arena. A billion dollars is needed now for NBA entry these days:
http://www.cjad.com/cjad-news/2015/1...am-in-montreal
http://www.lapresse.ca/sports/autres...-de-la-nba.php
http://www.tvasports.ca/2015/10/23/n...ais-realisable

Gameday preview from the Toronto Raptors NBA website:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/gameday-102315
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Old 24-12-2015, 12:27 PM   #53
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Lizanne Murphy tore her ACL when playing for France's Angers earlier this month. But the Montreal native is determined to recover for Team Canada for Rio. She was doing so well there:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...jury-1.3352202
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/pl...nadienne.shtml
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/pl...e-angers.shtml
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/pl...aptation.shtml
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/pl...-hopital.shtml
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Old 14-02-2016, 03:18 AM   #54
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If Adam Silver isn't keen on Vancouver returning to the NBA soon, you can surely about Montreal's current NBA prospects to boost the Canadian NBA contingent:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...eafs-1.3444450
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:08 AM   #55
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Skeptical a bit that Oregon's (and St. Lucia native) Chris Boucher may become a future gamechanger for Montreal and Quebec basketball like Andrew Wiggins is, among several, from Toronto. But it'll be interesting to see happen:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...-nba/80771270/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...ment/80723526/
http://www.journaldemontreal.com/201...is-dans-la-nba
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Old 23-03-2016, 06:25 AM   #56
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Montreal has 3 players entering into the NCAA March Madness this month with the just-mentioned Chris Boucher via St. Lucia and Haiti, the most notable player from Montreal in, still in the game with #1 West seed Oregon Ducks onto the Sweet Sixteen/NCAA Regionals

Chris Boucher (senior) – Oregon Ducks (West Region) – 6’10 forward – Montreal, Quebec

Season Stats: 34 games played, 26.3 minutes, 12.1 points, 7.6 rebounds

Round of 64 vs. Holy Cross Crusaders –17 minutes, 20 points, 5 rebounds
Round of 32 vs. St. Joseph’s (PA) Hawks – 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks
Sweet Sixteen vs. Duke – March 24 @ 9:55 pm

Junior Lomomba (junior) – Providence Friars (East Region) – 6’5 guard – Montreal, Quebec

Season Stats: 33 games played, 24.9 minutes, 5.5 rebounds, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Round of 64 vs. USC Trojans – 16 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Round of 32 vs. North Carolina Tar Heels – 2 rebounds, 1 assist (ELIMINATED)

Kemy Osse (junior) – Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (Midwest Region) – 6’1 guard – Montreal, Quebec

Seasons Stats: 33 games played, 15.9 minutes, 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds

Round of 64 vs. Purdue Boilermakers – 27 minutes, 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Round of 32 vs. Iowa St. Cyclones – 24 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds (ELIMINATED)

Another profile on Chris Boucher--this time in English aka the Montreal Mutombo--with special emphasis on the grim forces he had to cope with growing up in Montreal North, a first-immigrant-heavy community predominantly Haitian facing crime, police mistrust, unemployment, language-barrier issues, gangs, political establishment neglect, lack of access, and social unrest that ultimately saw riots in 2008 after the Montreal Police's fatal shooting of a beloved neighbo(u)rhood Honduran teen:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...y-long-journey

If it turns out there are Montreal ballers in other NCAA postseason tournaments, I'll post them here in this very post.
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Old 25-03-2016, 10:26 AM   #57
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More Chris Boucher and the Oregon Ducks that also includes his fellow Canadian teammates Brampton's Dylan Ennis (brother of Tyler) and Mississauga's Dillon Brooks on a team that's rapidly becoming Team Canada NCAA during March Madness from this new TSN article:
http://www.tsn.ca/oregon-becoming-te...dness-1.458551
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:00 AM   #58
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Montreal's final 2016 NCAA Tournament representative, Oregon's Chris Boucher, saw his #1 West seed Oregon's run end with #2 Oklahoma beating them in the West regional final in Anahiem. But not before his length frustrated Duke's Marshall Plumlee that Thursday night:

SWEET SIXTEEN vs. Duke Blue Devils--18 minutes, 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block
WEST REGIONAL FINAL/ELITE EIGHT vs. Oklahoma Sooners--30 minutes, 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 turnovers (ELIMINATED)

Like your ideas, Jacob Rose, about devising the Montreal Metros, a nod to the city's subway system and the connecting underground pathways through the city, for the NBA to have that market. The jerseys, colo(u)rs, and logo/wordmark branding can use some work later on. But realistically Montreal must continue to have its local basketball culture mature a while longer before that happens. The demand for another big-time major league North American sport with MLB's hopeful return to go with the NHL's Canadiens is certainly growing:
http://www.mtlblog.com/2016/01/14-ye...m-to-the-city/
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Old 16-06-2016, 10:50 AM   #59
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Pascal Jobin, currently coaching the CEGEP Édouard-Montpetit Lynx, has some interesting thoughts on the rising (but still low-key) state of basketball and the possibility of NBA basketball in Montreal in the local sports landscape along with its relationship with the Montreal's sports media. Don't forget along with the dominant CH ice hockey, there's also Montreal Impact soccer and CFL Montreal Alouettes football as far as current Montreal pro sports teams with the potential Expos and (Quebec City) Nordiques return:
https://translate.google.com/transla...ml&prev=search
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:41 AM   #60
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Some interesting things have happened involving Montreal basketball recently since my last post.

Montreal represented in the FIBA Olympic Basketball Tournament for Team Canada in Manila, Philippines (though it was largely a heavily Toronto-based one) with two players--Joel Anthony and Khem Birch. Both were born a little over a decade apart from each other. Canada didn't qualify out of that, as you may know, with France in their midsts.

But of course the women did already, having won the FIBA Americas it hosted last year in Edmonton, Alberta at the University of Alberta's Saville Centre. Montreal had Lizanne Murphy, a Hofstra alum turned France-based pro player who battled back from a torn ACL to make the team, and former UCLA star Nirra Fields for Team Canada in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Canada made it to the quarterfinals after finishing third in Group B. They fell to France in the QF despite putting up a great fight against Les Bleues. It's a team on the rise as they still learn internationally. Fields will carry on with the Olympics. But Lizanne Murphy at age 32 will not after this one.

And continue on with Murphy, she was profiled in a RDS Olympic documentary series called JE VAIS À RIO (I'm Going To Rio) this spring/summer with several other Quebec-based Canadian Olympic hopefuls--Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito (diving), Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas (synchronized swimming), Katerine Savard (swimming), Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (middle distance running), Hugo Barrette (track cycling), Hugo Houle (road race cycling), and Josée Bélanger (soccer):
http://communiques.radio-canada.ca/a...-Canada-Et-RDS

No NBA Canada Series with the Toronto Raptors in Montreal's Bell Centre this October this year. Pascal Jobin, wanting answers, believes it's a disrespect move for not notifying Montreal's local basketball community about planning to return after all the sellout crowds there in recent years, even with a reduction to the NBA's preseason schedule. Raptors are playing in Vancouver once again but are adding Calgary along with hosting a game at home in Toronto into the preseason mix:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...real-1.3742273
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:40 AM   #61
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Just looking at Chris Boucher's story and how lost, hard luck, and enigmatic it has been, particularly growing up in Montreal via St Lucia, before becoming an Oregon Ducks college basketball star makes his prominence and unusual route amazing with eyes towards the Final Four in Glendale. Even better, he's got the unicorn NBA-potential/ready game to match. Playing soccer certainly has helped his unusual game instead of going toward the traditional big man route, although he's also a rim protector and can stretch the floor. Here's a couple of pieces. But please do read the Sports Illustrated one:
http://www.si.com/college-basketball...ath-division-i
http://www.sbnation.com/college-bask...nba-draft-2017

Along with Chris Boucher and Sheray Thomas, Montreal continues to produce really good young ballers. Like 6-8 Tyrese Samuel, currently a junior forward at Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, turning heads:
http://usatodayhss.com/2016/a-basket...yland-by-storm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.21e842ea15d6

Dawson College Blues in the CCAA acomplishes a first in the women's program by eventually sending teammates Leony Boudreau and Tamara Farquhar to the Purdue Boliermakers in the NCAA's Big 10 with twin full ride scholarships:
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/dawson-co...hips-1.3220156
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Old 25-01-2017, 12:17 PM   #62
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Doesn't appear that Montreal was really ever in the serious running for NBA expansion with Seattle. If there was any interest made to the NBA despite having a sports-mad mayor in Denis Codere, the city faded really fast. Nothing concrete was made for investors and the like.
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:33 AM   #63
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It's good news and bad news lately for Montreal basketball. First, the McGill Marlets women's basketball team not only manages to win the RSEQ tournament at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montreal when it was expected that #1 Laval would (but got upset by fellow Montreal school Concordia in the semis). But in that Bronze Baby National Championship Game in Victoria, British Columbia, they defeated their Quebec City rivals Laval Rouge et Or, who are becoming definitely one of the best teams in CIS women's ball, for the title in an all-Quebec matchup that saw the Bronze Baby finally makes it way to McGill and the province of Quebec since its 1963 inception.

One thing I forgot in this thread is that Montreal native Maurice Joseph will enter his second season as George Washington head coach. He's currently one of the youngest head coaches in NCAA basketball and the second Canadian there.

Bad news came in the form Oregon's Chris Boucher. Tore his ACL at the end of the regular season, causing him to miss the NCAA Tournament and play, it turns out, in the Final Four in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium. No doubt his size, skill, defense, and athleticism he provides would help the Ducks, especially against eventual champs North Carolina.
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:49 PM   #64
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Just now realized that Montreal has somebody in tomorrow night's Nike Hoop Summit in Portland for Team World in the Canadian contingent with Luguentz Dort, currently at Calusa Prep in Florida. He's already got offers from Oklahoma, Oregon, Louisville, and Virginia.
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Old 23-05-2017, 10:16 AM   #65
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Chris Boucher impresses upon his invite at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago at the Quest Center. Even when he didn't step on the hardwood:
http://www.addictedtoquack.com/2017/...he-duck-rising
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