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Simmons withdraws

Ben Simmons has withdrawn from Australia’s Olympic squad in order to spend time working on his individual skill development following a disappointing NBA postseason for the Philadelphia 76ers. Basketball Australia issued a statement early yesterday to confirm Simmons’ decision to pull out of selection for the Tokyo Olympics. “It is a pretty rough time for him right now,” Australia’s head coach Brian Goorjian said. Going to the Olympics “is something that he wanted to do, but the timing just hasn’t worked.” The 24-year-old Simmons shot 25 for 73 (34 percent) from the free-throw line in the NBA playoffs and missed 27 alone against the Atlanta Hawks. He pinned his playoff failures on a mental block more than shot mechanics.


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