NBA star Ben Simmons appears unlikely to play for Australia at the upcoming World Cup.
Simmons’ US based agent Rich Paul told ESPN the 22-year-old Philadelphia 76ers player would probably spend the NBA off-season by working on his game.
“Simmons is more likely now to spend his full off-season preparing only for the Sixers season, free of national team responsibilities,” ESPN reported.
It’s a big blow for basketball fans down under, who expected to see the former Newcastle junior lead the Boomers against the United States in two pre-World Cup games in Melbourne next month.
The World Cup gets underway in China on August 31.