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Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas thinks it's time the WNBA makes its way to Canada

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The Canadian Senior Women's National Team showed signs of making noise on the world stage at the 2018 FIBA Women's World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.

Hopes and expectations of a podium finish fell short as Canada ended up in seventh place finishing the Worlds with a 73-72 win over Nigeria on Sunday.

While the result wasn't what the team wanted, back in Canada many young girls continue to be inspired by the development of the women's program.

On Saturday, Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, who was in town as a special guest for the NBA Crossover event in Vancouver, spoke about the growth of the game in Canada and more specifically what the game has done for the interest amongst young kids.

Thomas who was front and centre in bringing two NBA franchises to Canada back in the early 90s thinks that it's time the WNBA makes its way across the border as well.

"The WNBA would kill here in Canada," Thomas told reporters at the unveiling of The Nash Family Court at Hastings Park in Vancouver. "When you look at the level of play that has happened on the men side in basketball, well the same level of play has happened on the women side."

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Canada has seen it's fair share of WNBA players with a list that includes current national team members Kia Nurse, Natalie Achonwa, Nirra Fields, two-time All-Star Tammy Sutton-Brown and current NFL Network reporter Stacy Dales.

Canada's Senior national team ranks fifth in the world and the under-18 program is fourth. The program has never been stronger and the Canadians will be a real treat to stand on the podium at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan. Thomas remembers different times from when he first arrived in Canada to help grow the game.

"When I first got here to Canada the thing that disappointed me the most was that back in the States I knew every kid could grow up with a dream of possibly making it to the NBA and when I got here to Canada kids didn't have that dream," Thomas continued.

"When you look at women's sport now, women can actually dream of being in the WNBA and dream of having a professional career. Women love the game just as much as men do but yet men could dream of going further and women couldn't - now everybody has that equal dream and that's beautiful."

When asked if he'd like to be apart of bringing the WNBA to Canada just as he had the opportunity to do so over 20 years ago with the NBA, Thomas didn't hesitate to say with a smile:

"a chance to come back and start up (a franchise) on the women side that would be an honour."

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