);
NBA

Kevin Cox talks impact of Jr. NBA World Championship on future of Canadian basketball

Being a part of the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship means so much to the boys who make Team Canada.

It's also a big deal for the future of basketball in Canada.

Kevin Cox, the team's head coach, compared the event to the Little League World Series.

"I think it's great," Cox said. "What this Jr. NBA thing has done, it's almost like the Little League World Series for baseball. It gives these kids hope, it gives them something to strive for, it shows them that the NBA really cares about grassroots basketball. In Canada, I think this is epic."

Team Canada went 2-1 in Pool Play, losing their only game to Team Africa & Middle East on Wednesday afternoon. The team got a surprise visit from Toronto Raptors legend Vince Carter before the game, making for a moment Cox and the kids won't soon forget.

"I watched Vince Carter play," Cox continued. "I was a little starstruck. I was trying to hold it together there. I think that was awesome. That was a great surprise for the boys."

Team Canada will play Team South America in the first round of Bracket Play on Friday.

More from NBA.com

raptors-bucks.jpg
Live updates from Game 4
Gilbert McGregor
Golden State Warriors
Warriors use "Strength in Numbers" to reach The Finals
Leandro Fernández
nba-playoffs-022219-ftr-getty.jpg
When do the Playoffs and Finals begin?
NBA.com Staff
Check out all the stars on NBA League Pass
NBA Playoff broadcast schedule
NBA.com Staff
#Marial
Ottawa's Shayok rising up draft boards
Carlan Gay
young-doncic-111418-ftr-getty.jpg
Doncic, Young headline All-Rookie First Team
NBA.com staff
More News