Canada is off to a 2-0 start at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. The nation is expected to take first place, following up on gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Canadians have been there, done that, when it comes to hockey.
That is not the case for basketball.
Canada has not qualified for the Olympics since finishing seventh in 2000. But it has a rich crop of current NBA talent with the most notable player being 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
However, Wiggins has been in the doghouse with Canadian fans all summer. In June, Wiggins opted to skip the Olympic qualifying tournament in the Philippines, Canada's last chance at a 2016 Olympic bid, to prep for the 2016-17 NBA season. Canada won its first three games before falling to France in the tournament final. Had Canada qualified, Wiggins, would have had the opportunity to join the roster for the Olympics. But he never got that chance, and Canadian fans expressed distaste.
Talking to ThePostGame, Wiggins attempts to regain approval North of the Border:
"Look at the Olympics now, look at the teams that were in there," Wiggins says. "I feel like the Canadian team has the second-most talent on there. I feel like we would've gave USA a run for their money. I feel like we would've competed and played hard and played a factor in the Olympics. But we're looking forward to Tokyo in four years.
"This year was just kinda unfortunate for me; I couldn't help them get there. I had some other obligations. I tried to better myself with the Minnesota Timberwolves and take my game to the next level. So, in four years, we can do even bigger and better."
Wiggins played for Canada at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, making the all-tournament team. Canada finished third, which sent it to the qualifying tournament in the Philippines.
The 21-year-old will have other chances to represent Canada before 2020, and if his comments are serious, Canadians should expect to see Wiggins in red and white again soon. With Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Kelly Olynyk, Trey Lyles, Nik Stauskas, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Nicholson, Dwight Powell, Tyler Ennis and Jamal Murray in the fold, Canada means business in Tokyo.
Wiggins talked to ThePostGame at the adidas Athletics launch in New York City. Along with Knicks star Joakim Noah, gold medalist sprinter Tori Bowie, junior tennis star Coco Shilin, former No. 1 NFL pick Keyshawn Johnson, DJ Metro Boomin and rapper Fetty Wap, Wiggins debuted the adidas Z.N.E. hoodie. The hoodie became available to the public on Sept. 7.
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