The first hint of
trouble came on the third day of practice, when
Joseph tweeted about "politics" at Canada Basketball.
The next day
Raptorshq.com reported that Joseph looked "noticeably annoyed" during
"I wonder what was eating him up," asked blogger rbala.
Finally, on July 15, Joseph and Team Canada Head Coach Leo Rautins
reportedly had a long talk at the side of the court before Joseph left
His name was
removed from the team's roster, and he returned to Syracuse to continue
Rautins didn't say much about the parting of ways, other than saying that he
wished "nothing but the best for Kris."
As for Joseph, he said his departure was by mutual agreement.
"There were a
lot of rumours that I just quit the team," Joseph said. "No one really knows
what happened in terms of that. "I just sat down with Leo and we decided to
His next chance to don the red and white will come in the summer of 2011
when Team Canada tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
Only three teams from the Americas qualify automatically and with the U.S.,
Argentina and Brazil at the top of the heap, Team Canada will need all the
help it can get.
Stay tuned to QHoops.net for Part II of our exclusive interview with Kris
Joseph. We discussed his training regimen, his
successful showing at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, and his decision about
whether to declare early for the NBA draft.