TORONTO -- During his first stint as head coach of the Canadian mens basketball team, Jay Triano often found it a struggle to convince the countrys top players to wear the Maple Leaf. But as he prepared to open a training camp in Toronto later this week, Triano wondered Monday if he may soon be facing the opposite problem. The camp, which opens Friday at the Air Canada Centre, will include NBA players Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson and Joel Anthony. Recently drafted Kelly Olynyk and first overall pick Anthony Bennett will also be with the team, though neither will participate due to injury. Phenom Andrew Wiggins will not be with the group, opting instead to focus on preparing for his freshman season at Kansas. Still, there will be plenty of competition for playing time among the camps 18 attendees. And perhaps some tough decisions for general manager Steve Nash and Triano, who returned to the helm a year ago after coaching Canada from 1998 to 2004. "I said to Steve, Man, this is not an easy job a it used to be we had hard time convincing NBA players to play for our country," Triano said at a news conference. "(Now in the future) were going to have to cut an NBA player off of our Canadian national team." "Steve says, Thats great, I said, Not for me, I dont want to be that guy," Triano said with a laugh. "Thats where we are." Nash, himself a star player with the Los Angeles Lakers, calls it Canadas "golden age of basketball." The team is using the camp to prepare for the Aug. 30-Sept. 11 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela, where the top four teams will qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Having spent time working with USA Basketball in recent years, Triano has witnessed first-hand how the bonds developed in summer training sessions translate onto the floor and galvanize team chemistry. "I think what we do in meetings and off the floor and what we do on the floor is all going to be part of whether we can mesh as a team," Triano said. "We have to use the experience we have from guys who have played in the past and represented Canada and we have to use the young influx of talent and find ways to get them that international experience. No better way then to go one on one every day upstairs in practice." With more attention on the program and Canadian talent than ever before, Nash stressed the importance of remaining focused on their long-term goals. "Obviously, were desperate to qualify," he said of the World Cup. "But the truth is its going to be a real challenge. Weve got a tremendously young team. We have a lot of guys who have very little international experience and very little experience playing together. The challenge is there." While the FIBA Americas Championship is the first goal, Nashs sights remain set on the bigger picture. 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They said new champion - ouch, what did one judge see in Robbie to win all those rounds? Johny Hendricks In our first fight he gave me some trouble but in the second I felt good. Dont get me wrong I was tired in the third, fourth, fifth rounds because of a bad weight cut. But the only way he could win was to knock me out, so why get in that battle? I stayed my ground and parried punches - maybe four or five out of 20 hit me. I knew I beat him again, one judge said 49-46 and I knew Id beaten him again. But they said new champion - ouch, what did one judge see in Robbie to win all those rounds?Robbie is also now finding out that there are guys who, however hard you hit them, are not going down so you need to hope the judges saw the fight in the same way that you did.Carlos ConditHendricks has previously beaten Condit, who then lost a controversial decision in his title fight to Lawler. Again, Hendricks wonders why Lawler was favoured. 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