NOT to disrespect the host, but it's Canada which has been hovering on fancied France's radar in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila that unfurls next week at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Coach Vincent Collet believes the Canadians, a team stacked with a number of NBA players like the French, is the team that stands its way in its bid for the lone Olympic berth at stake in the July 5-10 tournament.
Collet said Canada has the size and talent to keep up with France, ranked No. 5 in the world and led by San Antonio point guard Tony Parker.
"Canada is a very strong team, very young, and has a lot of NBA players," said Collet after the French arrived in the country early Friday morning.
"So we know its going to be a tough match-up."
Canada also checked in Friday night bannered by big man Tristan Thompson of reigning NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers, Corey Joseph, and cage great Steve Nash, who now serves as manager of the team.
France is bracketed with Gilas Pilipinas and New Zealand in Group B, while Canada is with Senegal and Turkey in Group A.