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FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Canada coach Nick Nurse confirms Cory Joseph will meet team in China: 'He'll be there'

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With the FIBA Basketball World Cup just three days away, Canada head coach Nick Nurse confirmed that point guard Cory Joseph will join the team once they arrive in Dongguan, China.

"As far as I know he is," Nurse told reporters in Sydney when asked if Joseph would be joining the squad.

"I exchanged a text with him a little earlier today and he said he was getting on the plane tomorrow [Monday] and he'd see me there. I guess we'll wait until we see if he's there. He'll be there.

Canada tips off their World Cup campaign on August 31st against Australia, fresh off their tour Down Under, where they split their two-game series with the Aussies in Perth.

Nurse's squad picked up two wins against New Zealand in Sydney, before rounding out the tour with an 84-68 loss to Team USA, before departing for China.

The Sacramento Kings point guard adds valuable experience to the Canadian squad as one of only two NBA players on the team, alongside Orlando Magic big man Khem Birch.

Joseph, a national team regular, was with the team in training camp in Canada, playing in their exhibition games against Nigeria, however he did not make the trip to Australia.

Canada is in Group H alongside Australia, Lithuania and Senegal and must finish in the top two spots in the group in order to advance to the knockout stages. Awaiting them in the next round is the top two teams from Group G, featuring Germany, France, Jordan and the Dominican Republic.

Click here to learn more about Team Canada's opponents.

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