Ben Simmons, the Australian NBA star who recently expressed interest in playing for the Australian national basketball team in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, has been left out of the Boomers' squad. The news comes just days after Simmons made his intentions known.
The decision was made by Boomers head coach Brian Goorjian, who cited a lack of communication with Simmons as the reason for his omission. Goorjian stated that he had been unable to reach Simmons to discuss his role on the team and how he would fit into the squad.
Despite being left out of the squad, Goorjian indicated that Simmons was still in consideration for future international competitions. He praised Simmons' talent and potential contribution to the team, but emphasized the importance of communication and commitment to the team's goals.
Simmons, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, has represented Australia in the past, including in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He had expressed a desire to play for the Boomers this year, citing the opportunity to represent his country and improve his game.
The Boomers will compete in the FIBA World Cup in August and September of this year. The tournament, which takes place in multiple countries, will feature teams from around the world competing for the title of world champion.