Aussie NBA prima Ben Simmons sent a connection to the Boomers aft their Olympic occurrence successful Tokyo.
The Boomers made past astatine the 2021 Games with a bronze medal victory, for their archetypal ever podium effect astatine the Olympics.
Simmons was an evident absentee from the Boomers squad aft helium opted to beryllium retired the Tokyo Olympics to alternatively absorption connected his off-season grooming up of the 2021/22 NBA season.
While chap Australians successful the NBA Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matisse Thybulle, Aron Baynes and Dante Exum committed to the Boomers, Simmons sat retired the Games, overmuch to the disappointment of hoops fans.
It's wide the Boomers were ne'er acold from his caput though, with the Philadelphia 76ers defender sharing his good wishes pursuing their Tokyo triumph.
"Amazing worldly fellas," Simmons wrote connected his Instagram story.
"Congrats to the full Australian Boomers squad."
As the Boomers began their departure from Tokyo, coach Brian Goorjian revealed his top regret astir Simmons.
"I wanted Ben Simmons not to not triumph a medal, I wanted Ben Simmons to consciousness this Aussie civilization with these guys," Goorjian said of his ambition to get the 25-year-old to play with the Boomers.
"So erstwhile Joe (Ingles), erstwhile Patty (Mills), erstwhile they each leave, this happening carries on."
Utah Jazz's Ingles is 33 years aged and caller Brooklyn Nets enlistee Mills is 32, but the adjacent procreation of Aussie hoops appears to person a precise agleam aboriginal with Simmons - an NBA Rookie of the Year and All Star - an evident standout.
With a abbreviated turnaround for the Paris Games successful 2024, there's inactive anticipation Simmons volition enactment connected the greenish and golden for Australia successful the future, but for now, helium has prioritised perfecting his game, with his shooting issues successful the NBA prompting overmuch disapproval recently.
Simmons has been rumoured to beryllium connected the commercialized artifact for the 76ers with squad bosses seemingly losing patience with 'The Process' that relied connected Simmons and Joel Embiid to pb Philadelphia to a championship.
The 76ers again fell abbreviated of expectations successful the post-season and Simmons copped a brunt of the backlash with his aversion to sprout and mediocre shooting stats incapable to beryllium ignored contempt his elite quality to spell to the rim, make assists for teammates and support the NBA's astir lethal violative weapons.
Simmons made his Boomers debut successful 2013 astatine the FIBA Oceania Championship but his past with the squad has been a spot messy since. He failed to marque the last squad for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, past similar helium did for the Tokyo Games, helium decided to miss the 2016 Rio Olympics to bash NBA off-season enactment instead.
There were hopes successful 2019 that Simmons would yet showcase his skills for the Boomers astatine the FIBA World Cup, nevertheless helium backflipped again and chose to beryllium retired nationalist squad duties successful favour oregon "professional obligations".
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