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Thompson to Canadians: ‘Step Up and Play’ in FIBA

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Tristan Thompson’s summer started off with an NBA championship in June, but he missed out on a chance to add an Olympic medal when Canada failed to beat France in the FIBA Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines in July.

Looking back on the international competition as Thompson and the Cavs return to Canada on Thursday for the first time since they clinched a berth in the NBA Finals with a Game 6 win over the Toronto Raptors in May, the Cleveland big man called out his fellow countrymen who chose not to play for the national team.

“[It should] challenge the guys who didn’t play to next time when the country calls,” Thompson said. “Step up and play.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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