Rumour: Ben Simmons has pulled out of exhibition games
Just when I thought things couldn't get more woeful, I'm met with the apparent news that now Ben Simmons has also pulled out of the warm up games, via a comment made by Daniel Eade on Twitter.
In reply to someone's comment on a video showing Ben shooting jump shots, Daniel said he'd just got a message saying that Ben is out for the warm up games. He didn't say who from, but he seems adamant that this is the case.
If this is true, the entire USA/Australia series is a farce. As much as any naysayer might say that we were never going to get the absolute best of the best, I don't think anyone expected a team full of Americans that no one recognizes, and a Boomers team without Ben Simmons, Thon Maker or Broekhoff.
The whole thing has turned into the biggest joke in Australian sports right now. We have 100,000 tickets sold to a game with no recognizable names playing in it. This has proven to be the ultimate in over-promising and under-delivering and the credibility of Australian basketball in the public is well and truly in danger.
The reasons as to why Ben has pulled out now could be anyone's guess. Maybe Lemanis has decided he wants to really hone on the world cup and he can't have the Ben Simmons circus? Maybe comments Bogut made about the situation being a "conundrum" has caused some sort of offense on Ben's part? Maybe Ben would rather run around playing meaningless pick up games in his off-season? Whatever the reason, the effects on the Boomers and basketball in Australia cannot be overstated.