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, The Canadian Press

MELBOURNE, Australia – Ben Simmons hopes to play for the Australian Olympic basketball team at the Tokyo Games after being inducted into a 24-man squad by coach Brian Goorjian on Wednesday

The Melbourne-born NBA All-Star and his teammate Matisse Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers, a double Australian-US citizen who spent seven years in Australia as a child, was the notable addition to a 12-player roster NBA experience

The Olympic Games are expected to begin on Jan. July, immediately after the NBA Finals

“It would be an amazing honor to play for my country,” said Simmons, who late retired from Australia’s 2019 World Cup team. “I know things are uncertain right now but I’ve contacted coach Goorjian and we hope I can join the boomers””

NBA stalwarts Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs are slated to play in their fourth Olympics, while Toronto Raptors Center Aron Baynes is also on the roster

Matthew Dellavedova, Ryan Broekhoff, Chris Goulding and Brock Motum were also part of the Boomers’ Olympic campaign in 2016, while Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers), one of the top NBA contestants, was named one of eight Australia-based National Basketball League Player

was included

“It’s a balanced squad, selected by position, with a nice mix of experience and lots of new and exciting players,” said Goorjian. “These are our top 24 players available This includes a significant representation of the NBL showing the strength of our local league where the competitive standard is recognized worldwide

Australian Olympic squad: Deng Adel, Aron Baynes, Ryan Broekhoff, Xavier Cooks, Mitch Creek, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Josh Giddey, Chris Goulding, Josh Green, Isaac Humphries, Joe Ingles, Nick Kay, Jock Landale, Mitch McCarron, Will McDowell-White, Will Magnay, Thon Maker, Patty Mills, Brock Motum, Mitch Norton, Duop Reath, Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle

Ben Simmons

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