Rautins to coach Canada's basketball team

Canada Basketball named Leo Rautins as the new head coach of the Canadian men's basketball team on Friday.

Rautins replaces Jay Triano who left the post in November.

Rautins, a television analyst for Raptors TV, got the job despite having less experience than Gord Herbert and Kevin Hanson. Herbert is currently coaching a pro basketball team in France, while Hanson is the University of British Columbia's coach.

Rautins, on the other hand, has no coaching experience. What he does have is popularity – which could be a useful tool in Canada Basketball's fund-raising efforts.

Aside from his broadcast career, Rautins was a successful player in American collage basketball.

In 1983, he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the draft after a promising stint at the University of Syracuse. He played 47 games in two years in the NBA.