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Will Jamal Murray play at FIBA World Cup 2023?

Canada is the country with the most players in the NBA after the United States, which speaks enough about the quality of their national team. Probably their best player at the moment is Jamal Murray, who won the NBA championship last season with the Denver Nuggets. Canadian basketball fans were very excited about that but even more about the upcoming FIBA World Cup. How far they can go into the tournament will depend a lot on the question of will Jamal Murray play at the FIBA World Cup.

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The long NBA season took its toll

Will Jamal Murray play at FIBA World Cup was seen as a potential game changer for the Canadian team and unfortunately, just before the team was all set to take the road to Asia, the Nuggets point guard pulled out.

“When I came into training camp, I wanted to see how my body would respond after a long and demanding season and if I would be physically able to compete at the highest level required for the World Cup,” said Murray.

“In consultation with medical staff and the team, it is clear that additional recovery is required, and I have made the difficult decision to not participate in the tournament. It’s still a dream of mine to represent Canada at the Olympics, and I will support the team every step of the way as they pursue this goal.”

How good is Canada without Murray?

Canada has an excellent group of guys led by NBA players like the 2023 All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Knicks forward RJ Barrett, and one of the best defenders in the league Luguentz Dort. There is no doubt that they will miss Murray at the point guard position but they are still in good situation to advance from the group stage.

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