Sixers news: Ben Simmons looking forward to play for Brett Brown in the Olympics
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Sixers star Ben Simmons looking forward to play for Brett Brown in the Olympics

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is set to coach the Australian national team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sixers star Ben Simmons, who claims that he has known Brown all his life, is looking forward to playing for him again.

“I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it. He’s coaching me now, so we have a great relationship. I’ve known him my whole life. I’m excited to put together a great team,” Simmons said per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

Brown was named head coach of the national team in the 2012 London Olympics. He guided the team to a quarterfinals berth. Before that, he was an assistant coach in Atlanta (1996) and in Sydney (2000).

Before taking his talents to the NBA and finding himself with the head coaching job with the Sixers, Brown was a coach in the Australian professional league for 14 years.

The Australian team includes several NBA players, including Utah Jazz standouts Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova and San Antonio Spurs playmaker Patty Mills.

In the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the Aussies finished fourth place under head coach Andrej Lemanis.

Simmons  did not play in the FIBA tourney but has expressed his desire to suit up in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Will a Brown-Simmons team-up result in a successful Olympic campaign for the Aussies?