Jonah Bolden follows Sixers teammate Ben Simmons, withdraws from Boomers
Several weeks after Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has announced that he won’t be playing from the Australian Boomers in the FIBA World Cup, another member of their national team and a fellow Sixers teammate has decided to follow suit, as Jonah Bolden has also backed out of his commitment reportedly due to personal reasons.
Inbox: Jonah Bolden has withdrawn from the Australian Boomers’ World Cup campaign, due to personal reasons.
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) August 18, 2019
A lot of Australian fans were extremely upset when Simmons made his announcement to not play for the Boomers, especially since the national team is set to have two exhibition games against Team USA next week. Most of them have already bought the expensive tickets to the event, only to know that they won’t be watching the Sixers star.
Now, their frustrations will probably grow with Bolden’s decision.
It is unclear what Bolden’s reasons are for backing out of the Australian national men’s basketball team, but it is possible that just like Simmons, he would rather focus on the Sixers’ campaign for the 2019-20 season. Philly is expected to make a run for the NBA championship, and an injury to their key players in the World Cup could definitely hurt their chances.
Bolden was coming off an impressive performance in the Boomers’ exhibition win over Canada, finishing with 12 points and five rebounds.
Aside from Simmons and Bolden, other NBA players who have decided to withdraw their commitments to the Boomers are Thon Maker (NBA commitment), Ryan Broekhoff (birth of his child), and Dante Exum (injury).
FIBA World Cup will be held in China from August 15-September 31.