Exum talks Boomers’ future with Simmons, Giddey’s NBA success and Ingles’ return /News

Dante Exum enjoyed breaking the curse in major international competitions with the Australian national team. But after winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, baby boomers aren’t going to stop.

Dante Exum

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They want gold at the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 and the Paris Olympics 2024. To achieve this goal, they have some intriguing new weapons.

“We won’t let that stop us,” the Boomers agreed after a painful semi-final loss in Tokyo to Team USA.

Australia gained 15 points in the second quarter as baby boomers prepared to handle America’s biggest upset in nearly 20 years. But they lost their lead in the third and missed 78-97.

Baby boomers again faced another potential setback. Until the Tokyo Olympics, the Australians reached the semi-finals four times, but all four campaigns ended up losing two games and going home without medals.

This time veterans Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova couldn’t handle such a painful scenario that would leave their hearts bleeding for another four years.

Mills had the game of his life against Slovenia with Luka Doncic, and his performance of 42 points and 9 assists lifted the Australian national team to the first-ever Olympic podium.

The Australians were off to an epic celebration that left them savoring all the pressure after all those years of chasing medals in major competitions.

But the young Boomer guns are eager to go further. Gold is their main objective.

“It didn’t start at the Tokyo Olympics,” Exum told BasketNews Talks. “It’s been a few years now. Even when I first played in 2014 and we were in Spain playing the World Cup. We knew we had a good team and we could do something. That we could win a medal. But every time we seem to miss.”

“We would always do well, and it’s just that there was this game that we would lose,” he admitted. “You saw it at the World Cup in China. Anyone in that tournament would say Australia should definitely win a medal. But they just happened to lose the last two games.”

“And I think going to the Tokyo Olympics was just determination. Not just new guys or guys that hadn’t been in the program as much. But just watching Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, what it meant to them to put on their Boomers jersey to go out and represent the country,” Exum added.

“Matisse Thybulle was never on the program. Ask him about the Boomers now, and he’ll tell you he’ll play whenever he can. So it’s just a different culture. It’s a different, different way to play. and I want to play. And yeah, it was just an amazing thing to be a part of.”

“I’m looking forward to the World Cup next year. And then the Olympics in Paris. It’s going to be exciting. Hopefully we can get gold. That’s the goal,” concluded Exum.

Although the basketball world has fallen in love with the Boomer generation, including Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova and others, Aussies will soon have more intriguing new weapons.

The promising slate begins with 19-year-old NBA rookie Josh Giddey. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists in the best league in the world.

“He’s been amazing,” Exum said. “He’s taken so many steps in his game. It was the only thing when he was around the Boomers campaign last summer. I said to him, go for it. You know your strengths. You know what to do . So go ahead and play.”

“He played to his strengths. The fact that he’s a bigger guard gives him the ability to do that,” Exum added. “He’s obviously the guy who makes the biggest jump for sure.”

Matisse Thybulle, 25, has already established himself as one of the best defenders on the NBA perimeter.

There is the second Dallas Mavericks student, Josh Green, who is 21 years old. Jock Landale, 26, is also struggling for his role with the San Antonio Spurs.

On top of that, 25-year-old Ben Simmons still wasn’t dressed for the Boomers at the Olympics or the World Cup.

“I’ve spoken to Ben a lot about it (about the future). And yes, he wants to play,” Exum confirmed.

Ten years ago, Exum and Simmons won silver for Australia at the 2012 FIBA ​​U17 World Championship in Kaunas.

He understands what his friend is going through right now, but Exum expects to see him with Boomers when the time comes.

“There are different things going on in people’s lives. I was injured coming into the Tokyo campaign. I was injured way too much so I just want to play. But you know, I think there’s a lot of decisions that come into play.”

“Everyone who has spoken to Ben and been around Ben knows he wants to play. When the time is right, he will play,” Exum added.

The veterans should still be there for one last chance at Olympic gold.

Patty Mills will be 36 on the last day of the 2024 Paris Olympics. Joe Ingles, who suffered a torn ACL, will be 35.

“After everything I’ve been through, I don’t ever want to see anyone get hurt again,” Exum said of Ingles. “He’s been healthy for a lot of his career. I know he’s had problems, but he’s played a record number of games in a row. So that’s something he’s definitely not. not used to.”

“It’s kind of sad that it’s like that, you know, he had to be traded and everything. I know he loves Jazz. I was there with him. But I know he’s going to come back stronger than never.”

“He’s going to be ready for the World Cup. He’s going to be ready for the Olympics. And yeah, it’s going to be fun.”

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