In a major coup, Basketball Australia’s Boomers are set to host Canada in Perth in a two-game series in the lead up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China tipping off.
An advertising banner boosted at Perth train station prior to any official announcement being made by Basketball Australia gives everything away, an image of which was subsequently shared on Twitter.
According to the advertising banner, the exhibition games against the worked ranked 23rd team are set to be played at Perth’s RAC Arena on 16 and 17 August.
While the series against Canada has not yet been made official, it would be held a week before the Boomers host Team USA at Melbourne’s Marvel Arena in a blockbuster event set to be played in front of more than 100,000 fans combined.
Canada boast a growing wealth of NBA talent and could possibly suit up a squad featuring the likes of Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Corey Joseph (Indiana Pacers), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat) and Nik Stauskas (Portland Trail Blazers) among others. While Argentina remains ranked fourth in the world, Canada is likely to be the more favoured team from the Americas region to challenge for a medal in China.