Canada Basketball announced Thursday that Chicago Bulls general manager Marc Eversley has joined its Board of Directors as a Class A Director.
Eversley, a native of Brampton, Ont., is entering his second season as GM after being hired by executive vice president Artūras Karnišovas in May 2020. Before that, Eversley accrued 14 years of NBA experience, including stints in the Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors' front offices.
Upon being hired by the Bulls, Eversley also spoke glowingly of his six years working for Nike Canada, where he noted he developed close relationships with Steve Nash and Vince Carter. Eversley was a member of Carter's wedding party and is the godfather to his daughter.
"When I was at Nike Canada, running sports marketing for all their properties, basketball was kind of an up and coming thing that was kind of gimmicky," Eversley said then. "But we were committed to pounding the rock per se, and really trying to grow the game of basketball... I think you're starting to see the benefits of that now with the number of Canadians that are playing in the NBA."
Eversley's jump into Canada Basketball signals another layer of that commitment.
Canada Basketball is currently preparing to host — and compete in — a qualifying tournament for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on June 29. As of late May, 21 players accepted invitations to training camp in advance of the qualifiers, including Andrew Wiggins, RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Luguentz Dort and other notable NBA names.