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Jamal Murray says he’ll play for Canada in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Canadian Men's Basketball Team hostes their first practice for the FIBA World Cup at the OVO Centre

TORONTO, ON- AUGUST 5 - Jamal Murray throws foul shots as he makes a supportive appearance since being ruled out of the World Cup in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 because of injuries. The Canadian Men’s Basketball Team hosts their first practice for the FIBA World Cup at the OVO Centre in Toronto. August 5, 2019. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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Canada produced a dud in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

But it’s not too late for Canada to reach the 2020 Olympics.

The Canadians will host an Olympic Qualifying Tournament this summer. And their best player plans to compete.

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray:

This is an important announcement, not just because Murray is so talented, but because participation can snowball. If they believe Canada has a better chance because Murray is participating, other top Canadians could be more likely to suit up.

Still, it’s a long time until the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. As much as anyone wants to play, there’s a lot of time for obstacles to interfere – including the NBA season.

The Olympic Qualifying Tournament begins June 23. The NBA Finals could end as late as June 21.