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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Pascal Jobin, currently coaching the CEGEP ?douard-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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    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 ? 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 Jos?e B?langer (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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sources for the Canadian sports site CUSN are saying that UQAM head coach Nate Philippe, a rising star in the Canadian college basketball coaching ranks, will leave the Citadins to take over at Toronto's York University as their new head coach taking over from Tom Oliveri. An announcement will be made early next week. The Lions are very likely looking for some star power roaming the sidelines and improved recruiting at a deeper and more fertile basketball grounds in face of the tremendous success going on at Ryerson down the road in the city.

    No doubt a tremendous blow for UQAM with only its second coach in the program's CIS history leaving as he was building it quite well from Olga Hrycak. I'll keep you posted on the announcement.
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    Since Chris Boucher tore his ACL this March during the Pac-12 Tournament that prematurely ended his college career, several NBA teams were perhaps understandably scared in selecting him in the NBA Draft because he couldn't recover in time enough for NBA teams to conduct pre-draft individual workouts. Only being at the NBA Combine in Chicago and was restricted to measurements, conducted interviews, and medical evaluations. Turns out the young Montreal basketball phenom via St. Lucia, who hoped teams would look past his injury, didn't get to hear his name called by either Adam Silver or Mark Tatum Thursday night. Did discover his Oregon Ducks teammate and fellow Canadian Dillon Brooks from Mississauga, Ontario get selected by the Houston Rockets then traded to Memphis. But it did emerge that following the draft that the athletic Boucher scored a two-way contract with the reigning NBA champions Golden St. Warriors, who can more than afford to have him without making him a focus and develop, monitor, and recover on his slowly on his surgically-repaired knee when he's expected to make his pro debut in October
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/...raft-1.4171797
    http://montrealgazette.com/sports/ba...-for-nba-draft
    http://www.cp24.com/sports/montreal-...iors-1.3473728
    http://www.trurodaily.com/sports/201...aft-night.html

    Another notable Montreal basketball player, Lizanne Murphy from the MTL suburb of Beaconcourt, recently retired from the Canadian national women's basketball team with Shona Thorburn and Tamara Tatham after 145 international games and racking up some silverware for Team Canada since 2005. She also recently obtained French citizenship following several years of playing professionally with Angers. She may play another year there. But she'll eventually plans to give back to the Montreal basketball community and particularly toward girls tackling body and self-esteem issues. Something she can relate being taller than most kids growing up:
    http://montrealgazette.com/sports/ba...lizanne-murphy
    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...-national-team

    McGill won the Bronze Baby for the first time ever in early March in Victoria, BC against Quebec provincial rivals Laval--and we'll quickly get to that. But we will focus on the very busy 5th year senior Jenn Silver with an eye towards a medical career with her basketball one "definitely" over with a national title:
    http://montrealgazette.com/sports/ba...ls-jenn-silver

    Now it's official with Nate Philippe leaving UQAM for the York Lions in his native Toronto:
    http://yorkulions.ca/news/2017/6/13/...ead-coach.aspx

    His UQAM predecessor Olga Hrycak gets enshrined into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame:
    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...culloch-into-t
    http://basketball.ca/files/2017-04/1...lga_hrycak.pdf (In French)
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    NBA cancels its popular NBA Canada Series preseason games for this year due to adjustments in pushing up the NBA regular season schedule to start October 17. So this means obviously Montreal's Bell Centre and local hoop junkies won't witness the Raptors playing there again this month. Don't worry it'll return next year:
    https://www.thestar.com/sports/baske...this-fall.html

    But Montreal did host the top 50 junior basketball players in the Quebec province aged 13-14 honing their basketball skills at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf at the one-day NBA Jr. clinic Saturday:
    https://globalnews.ca/news/3778238/a...c-in-montreal/
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    Interesting development in Montreal's NBA prospects in saying at the end of this article that Robert Beaudry, Montreal's executive committee member responsible for economic development, saying the city would be open to the NBA if willing and deep-pocketed investors are found. Meanwhile, its city chamber of commerce indicates this week it would collaborate with a group led by former federal cabinet minister Michael Fortier that is studying the possibility of landing an NBA franchise to play and share the Bell Centre with the NHL's Canadiens to save in the steep start-up costs as opposed to building a separate arena upon entry:
    http://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/04/0...back-baseball/
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    The La Presse article in French that reveals Michael Fortier's, a sports fan with some serious connections, plans for a meeting with the Montreal's Chamber of Commerce officials over bringing the NBA to Montreal in assessing this development, despite the NBA having no current and concrete expansion plans:
    http://www.lapresse.ca/sports/autres...-impliquee.php
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    Montreal's Khem Birch finally comes to the NBA with Orlando this season after some stops along the way. Making the most of it benefitting from some injuries proving he belongs. A bright spot in another disappointing Magic season. What happens to him though when a new head coach gets installed?
    http://www.nba.com/magic/news/birch-...s-nba-20180407
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    Well, Kristen Gravenor writes on this link that Montreal should instead engage with a rival pro basketball league instead of the NBA. Nice idea on paper with plenty of US and Canadian cities that could do this. Not very certainly how realistic this would be since this is a different pro sports landscape than when the NBA had to contend with the ABA from 1967-1976. Building a seemingly top-flight pro sports league overnight is very hard to accomplish and sustain; people pride and comfort themselves on the familiar. This new league would need to make major splashes to grab prospective fans' attention to the league like when Bobby Hull joined the WHA and Herschel Walker doing likewise with the USFL. No matter how innovative it strives to be:
    http://coolopolis.blogspot.com/2018/...launching.html
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    RDS, the French-Canadian sports TV network based in Montreal, get itself back into the NBA broadcasts after 20 years with the NBA Playoffs up to the NBA Finals featuring all the Toronto Raptors playoff games this now-completed season. American but Montreal-based Peter Yannopoulous, RDS' basketball resident, was a part of the NBA broadcast team. On a visit to TSN Radio Montreal 520AM, Yannopoulous, starting at the 10:05 mark, talks to Tony Marinaro in April about Montreal's NBA prospects. Montreal is "still a long shot" but "optimistically" in the conversation as a candidate with the NBA's and basketball's growing popularity with Quebec's young as Montreal NBA basketball's feasibility study goes on. Has some things going for it, but baby steps must still be taken for Montreal as it tries to bring Expos baseball back:
    https://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-69...real-1.1046752

    Bit surprised that neither NBL Canada nor the fledging CEBL apparently ventured into Quebec for markets these days and help develop the pro game in the French-speaking province, be it in Montreal, Quebec City, or Sherbrooke. NBL Canada had Quebec previously but neither the Quebec Kebs nor the Montreal Jazz lasted, worse for the latter. Were plans for Laval to join after the Kebs' move there but never got off the ground. That league apparently never since expressed public interest in going back; priority since rested with league-wide stability and cluster Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Latest teams there are Niagara, Cape Breton, St. John's, and Sudbury. The CEBL never announced a Quebec representative as one of the 6 founding franchises for the summer 2019 tip-off. Understandably, both wants to tap into basketball talent-rich Ontario as their anchors with its numerous cities there along with both wishing to hold outposts into western Canada. Maybe there actually was some exploratory interest for Montreal/Quebec City but nothing came out of that. Maybe 2020 for Quebec to truly make it more national.

    Moreover, I noticed the LBQ apparently ceased operations in 2016 after two seasons with Royal holding off Capitale-Nationale 80-70 in LBQ's final Grand Final after beating NDG in the semis with Capitale-Nationale advancing from Thetford Mines:
    https://www.usbasket.com/LBQ/news/45...rate-the-title
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    Mixed day for Montreal native Chris Boucher over the weekend. On the same day the Golden St. Warriors released him as a long-term two-way contract project, he suits up for Canada for the first time at the senior level in Vancouver against China for the Pacific Rim Classic series. He played a key role at the Rogers Arena with 17 points and 5 blocks in Team Canada’s win over China:
    https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/20...o-way-contract
    https://autzenzoo.com/2018/06/26/chr...tate-warriors/

    Typical interest is generating from not just NBA stars like Jamal Murray and Stephen Curry and want to take photos with him. He's 6-10 from East Montreal in the Anjou, Quebec and flat out thoroughly dominates, it's definitely unfair to his opponents on 8-foot rims on a viral video. Though what you are about to see from him is more of an anomaly as he plays regularly with 10-foot rims. Both his parents have athletic backgrounds...except that Olivier's ONLY 12 YEARS OLD!
    http://montrealgazette.com/sports/ba...of-nba-players

    Wonder if the nascent Canadian Elite Basketball League would put up stakes in Quebec like in the Montreal/Laval area or Quebec City in time for the summer of 2019. No reports emerged regarding that. Currently at 6 teams, it could still add up to 7-8 with either one included for the first season. Don't forget Montreal had a summer pro ball team back in 1993 called the Dragons playing in the working class neighbo(u)rhood of Verdun with the late Otis Hailey as head coach with Montreal natives Wayne Yearwood and Dwight Walton, though both were riding pine in the first game against the Halifax Windjammers, as UNLV star George Ackles led a talented lineup. However, Dragons' ownership headed by Francois Tremblay turned out were underfinanced and yanked the franchise after 17 games. If Montreal/Quebec City joins the CEBL, financial backing wouldn't be as much of an issue. So wouldn't be local talent in Quebec as basketball exponentially grew since the mid-1990s. Basketball is more accessible and familiar there. More fertile now like across Canada. Maybe the CEBL would have the success the ABA, NBL Canada, the PBL, and the original Canadian NBL all failed there.
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    Adding onto what I just said in the last piece, the CEBL, at least verbally and based on research studies on potential candidates, does express interest in eventually having teams in just about almost every Canadian province. Quebec with Montreal and Quebec City is certainly an option for the league for the near future like Calgary is. Arena issues are a barrier there with the better edge going to Quebec City based on past pro basketball history between the two (Quebec City's Pavilion De La Jeunesse/Youth Pavilion and Laval University's PEPS both playing to the Kebs). Montreal's Pierre Charbonneau Centre, though it underwent some renovations, underwhelms me as a proper basketball venue IMO with the numerous past short-lived Montreal-based pro basketball teams meeting their demise while playing there. Montreal really needs a present-day medium-sized arena within its island with all the standards to make it work. Really, the best one with that criteria for the CEBL in Montreal is located not there but directly across the Riveries des Prairies to its west in the city-suburb Laval with the 10,000-seat Place Bell, where it is more than capable of having some locally-based pro basketball as a tenant. The Kebs in NBL Canada planned to play at Le Colisee de Laval as that venue's first non-hockey tenant when they moved from Quebec City in 2012, but that fell though when it folded.

    You know what? Place Bell is about to endure a basketball test run as it just got announced as the venue for Canada's first round of FIBA 2019 World Basketball Championship Americas second round qualifiers on September 13 versus Brazil. Earlier Duke will come to town on August 19 for a NCAA-CIS college basketball summer showdown with the McGill Redmen. So you may or may not see some NBA stars repping for both Canada and Brazil with the September one since it's close to the NBA preseason:
    https://placebell.ca/en/event/14170
    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...ll-world-cup-2
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