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Basketball superstar Ben Simmons is now 'doubtful' to play for Australia at the World Cup.
In a major blow to the Boomers' hopes of claiming a medal in China in September, Simmons's US agent Rich Paul said the All-Star guard is more likely to spend his NBA off-season working on his game in preparation for another championship tilt with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Announcement - Basketball - Fans - Simmons - Boomers
The announcement to Australian basketball fans who expected to watch Simmons lead the Boomers against the United States in two pre-World Cup exhibition games in Melbourne in August.
'Simmons is more likely now to spend his full off-season preparing only for the Sixers season - free of national team responsibilities,' ESPN reported.
Month - Contract - Years - Philadelphia - Team
Earlier this month the 22-year-old reportedly began negotiating a $240m contract over five years to continue to playing for the Philadelphia team, a deal that if finalised would make him Australia's highest paid athlete.
The deal faced criticism from those who did not believe he was worth the money due to his lack of a reliable outside shot.
Weakness - Match - Lakers - February - LeBron
This weakness was exposed badly during at match against the Lakers in February when LeBron James left Simmons undefended to take a three-point shot and he missed....
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