PANEVEZYS (Global Games | FIBA U19 World Championship) - Sim Bhullar, Canada's main man in the middle, eagerly awaits the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia. Although the Canadians are yet to look into their group opponents, one thing is for sure - it's not going to be easy.
"We haven't really looked into the teams of our group, but I'm sure it's going to be tough," Bhullar explains, who then goes on to say: "You know, I think every group is tough in the World Championship."
The 7-foot-4-inches giant thinks that there is plenty of space to improve for the Maple Leafs, who played three games in the Global Games tournament in Panevezys. Although the Canadians haven't been playing as well, as they would've liked, Bhullar thinks that in part it was influenced by the fact that it was Canada's first games in Europe before the much-awaited World Championship.
"Is it special? Yeah, I can't wait. We've been working really hard the past few years to make it to the World Championship. I just can't wait to get out there," said the centre, who, according to Canada's coach Greg Francis, is one of the most important players in the team, because of the awkward match-ups that he creates.
A key to getting the most out of Bhullar is Canada's point guard Kevin Pangos. The big man is quick to stress that: "Kevin is a great point guard. He gets me the ball a lot and just knows where I am at all the time. He's great at the screen and roll. What can I say; he's just a great point guard!"
"I guess that big guy from Lithuania, who got drafted by the Toronto Raptors. Toronto is my hometown, so it will be very interesting to play against him," said Bhullar, who will have a chance to play against Valanciunas already in Canada's third game of the World Championship campaign.
With a couple of days remaining until the championship in Latvia begins, the big man feels that he's in a good shape and is ready for the games, that actually mean something to begin and finishes by repeating: "I'm ready and can't wait for everything to begin."