Ben Simmons ‘doubtful’ for Aussie World Cup campaign Ben Simmons ‘doubtful’ for Aussie World Cup campaign
Even minus Sixers star Ben Simmons, Australia boasts of a solid roster laced with several NBA players @afp Published 3:01 PM, July 14, 2019... Ben Simmons ‘doubtful’ for Aussie World Cup campaign

Ben Simmons 'doubtful' for Aussie World Cup campaign

Even minus Sixers star Ben Simmons, Australia boasts of a solid roster laced with several NBA players

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Published 3:01 PM, July 14, 2019

Updated 3:08 PM, July 14, 2019

PRESEASON. Ben Simmons reportedly wants to focus on the Sixers’ NBA buildup. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA – Philadelphia 76ers ace Ben Simmons is set to skip Australia’s World Cup campaign in favor of preseason preparations, ESPN reported on Saturday, July 13.

The Melbourne-born star’s agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN he was “doubtful” to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup, which tips off in China on August 31.

Simmons, 22, had initially indicated he planned to play in the tournament, stating in May he was “looking forward to representing … Australia in the upcoming @FIBA World Cup in China.”

However ESPN reported that Simmons, who also pulled out of the 2016 Olympics, wants to concentrate on the 2019 NBA season.

Australia’s squad is still likely to be laced with other NBA players though, including Joe Ingles, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes.

Simmons enjoyed a solid season with the Sixers last year, named as an All-Star while averaging 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. – Rappler.com

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