Basketball celebrity Ben Simmons has made himself accessible for the Boomers this yr, in an enormous enhance for Australia’s medal probabilities on the FIBA World Cup.
Two days after the Philadelphia 76ers’ heartbreaking NBA play-off exit, Simmons posted a video on social media for his Australian followers on Wednesday (AEST).
“I’d additionally wish to announce that I’m going to be a Boomer for the upcoming occasions. So keep tuned,” he stated.
Simmons’s pledge to the inexperienced and gold would strengthen a squad that will even characteristic Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes and Matthew Dellavedova as they chase a maiden worldwide medal on the World Cup in China from August 31.
It will additionally enhance the Boomers’ Olympic hopes in Tokyo subsequent yr after they had been cruelly denied a medal in Brazil.
Earlier than that the Australian squad will collect on dwelling soil for double-headers in opposition to each Canada and USA in Perth and Melbourne respectively.
Beforehand rated $76 outsiders by some betting businesses, the Boomers shot to $21 to win the World Cup on the again of Simmons’s transient video.
Not like his Australian NBA colleagues, Simmons had hesitated to decide to the trigger in the course of the season, whereas his future on the 76ers stays clouded.
The 22-year-old NBA All-Star is eligible for a five-year, $A220 million contract extension with the Sixers in July, however there’s hypothesis the staff may commerce him in the event that they obtain the proper gamers in return.
Australia’s former Chicago Bulls champion Luc Longley has remained in touch with the Boomers’ NBA gamers this season whereas Simmons’s godfather David Patrick added as an assistant coach for the nationwide staff in April.
Simmons’s 76ers had been knocked out of the NBA championship race on Monday (AEST) in an exhilarating sport seven loss to Toronto Raptors, courtesy of Kawhi Leonard’s epic buzzer-beater.