(Toronto, ON)  Basketball aficionados around the world can own a piece
of Canadian Hall of Famer Jay Triano, 2008 USA Olympic gold medal teams
and two-time WNBA All-Star Tammy Sutton-Brown, with the 2nd Annual
Canada Basketball Online Auction running from December 7-15, 2009 at
auctions.nba.com.  More than 20 unique items are available online, such as
official Team Canada apparel, autographed memorabilia, and fabulous
experiential packages, all starting as low as $30.  Proceeds from this
2nd annual auction will benefit the Canadian Basketball Foundation, a
registered charity dedicated to assisting the nation’s youth through

“This auction is truly a win-win for the basketball community,” said Wayne Parrish, Executive Director and CEO of Canada Basketball.  “Sports fans have a chance to acquire some rare items that are a part of our rich basketball history, and pay it forward with proceeds going back into the community through the Canadian Basketball Foundation.”

Autographed items include official Team Canada jerseys and memorabilia signed by Sutton-Brown and 17-year national team veteran Rowan Barrett, both members of Canada’s 2000 Olympic basketball teams.

The Olympic theme continues with a basketball signed by LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and the entire 2008 Olympic gold medal USA men’s team, as well as a ball autographed by Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie and the 2008 Olympic gold medal USA women’s team.

For fans wishing to experience the thrill of a basketball game in true NBA style, the auction offers a Toronto getaway package to see the Raptors take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on January 24, 2010.  This item includes an overnight stay for two in downtown Toronto, delicious dinner for two at Alice Fazooli’s and a pair of lower bowl seats to the game, starting at only $350.

For the youngsters, there is an honourary ballkid package with Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team.  One lucky youth will have a chance to attend a practice with the team at the Air Canada Centre next summer, meet with the players and help Team Canada prepare for the 2010 World Championships. Starting bid for this once-in-a-lifetime package is only $150.

“Whether you are a young player, community coach, avid fan or memorabilia collector, our auction offers something for everyone in basketball,” added Parrish.  “Our sport has such a vast reach and our goal was to create an offering that would appeal to all segments. This is a chance for fans of basketball to give back to the future of the sport in Canada.”

For a complete listing of auction items and further details on packages, visit the

official NBA auction site at auctions.nba.com, until December 15, 2009.

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