simmons pulls out of fiba world cup

17:00    21 Jul 2019

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (R)

Ben Simmons has announced that he will play no part in the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup hosted in China.


The 23-year-old was set to form an integral part of an Australian squad hoping to medal for the first time at the world showpiece, but he has instead decided to focus all his attention on the 2019/20 NBA season.


Simmons, who recently penned a $170 million extension to remain contracted to the Philadelphia 76ers for an additional five years, will play for the Australian Boomers in exhibition games against Canada and the USA before switching focus back to his franchise.


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“First and foremost, I want to say thank you to everyone who reached out to congratulate me on the extension with the 76ers. Philly means so much to me and I’m already excited for next season,” Simmons said in a statement.


“I wanted to let everyone know that after consulting with my representation, I’ve made the difficult decision to forego playing in the World Cup in China this summer.


Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons


“I will still be heading back home to Australia to host my camps as well as train and play with the Boomers in the upcoming Exhibition Games. I’m really excited about the talent we have on the Boomers squad, especially moving closer to 2020 where I will be honored and humbled to represent my country on the world’s biggest sporting stage at the Olympics in Tokyo.


“Ultimately, we decided it was best that I use the time in September to return to Philadelphia to acquaint myself with my new teammates and prepare for the upcoming NBA season.


“I appreciate Basketball Australia for their support and understanding. I look forward to working with my Boomers coaches and teammates over the next few weeks to start working towards our ultimate team goal of winning a medal at the Olympics,” he concluded.


 

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