Why baby boomers shouldn’t choose Simmons for the FIBA ​​World Cup

Former NBL star Corey Williams doesn’t think the Boomers should select Ben Simmons for the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 next August.

While Simmons may be the most talented basketball player Australia has ever produced, he has yet to make the national team after opting out of the Boomers for the Tokyo Olympics.

Many believe that Australia is in the midst of a golden generation of basketball, the addition of Simmons could be the spark that helps the team win gold at a World Cup or the Olympics after having won bronze in Tokyo.

While Simmons at his best is an NBA All-Star, Williams doesn’t think Australia should select him as he battles form issues with Brooklyn after missing the entirety of last NBA season.

“I don’t think he’ll play, I don’t think he’ll be a Boomer at the next World Cup,” Williams said on SEN The Race Home.

“Look, this team is stacked, and I also think he hasn’t played enough in the last year at a year and a half.

“He shouldn’t get into this, it’s too much pressure, especially after Australia got a medal (in Tokyo).”

Williams believes the Boomers need to retain the cohesion and consistency that saw them win a medal in Tokyo, while adding that Simmons may not be ready to step into a situation where the pressure will be on him to improve the game. ‘crew.

“Now it’s like we have to keep consistency,” Williams said.

“So if you’re jumping on this team now when you’re not healthy yet and there’s still a lot you have to overcome in terms of a professional career in the NBA.

“Mentally to jump into a whole different situation which is going to add to the pressure that you would be under, not ready yet or not yet the time.”

Williams thinks Australia and Simmons should focus on getting the former no instead. 1 draft pick ready for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“I think he would want to play at the time of the biggest stage in the world, which is the Olympics, Paris, it’s way bigger than the World Cup,” Williams said.

“If I’m going to try to play for the Boomers, me if I were him… I would try to go there at the time of Paris in 2024.”

The FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 kicks off next year on November 25, featuring Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

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