Philadelphia 76ers' Jonah Bolden pulls out of Australia squad for basketball World Cup in China
Jonah Bolden's withdrawal follows a decision by Philadelphia 76ers' teammate Ben Simmons who also decided to skip the World Cup for Australia.
Australia have suffered a setback after Jonah Bolden pulled out of World Cup
Earlier, Bolden's Philadelphia 76ers teammate Ben Simmons also pulled out of Australia squad
Australia still boasts several NBA stars, including Utah Jazz's Joe Ingle and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs
Sydney: Australia have suffered a setback after Jonah Bolden joined Philadelphia 76ers' teammate Ben Simmons as a no-show for the upcoming basketball World Cup in China.
The power forward, who starred for the Boomers in their 81-73 win over Canada in an exhibition game on Friday, with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench, cited "personal reasons".
Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said he supported the decision.
"My first thought is always with the player in these situations -- having to withdraw from the national team is tough for anyone," he said in a statement late Sunday.
"From a team perspective, the timing is sub-optimal, but again, we are very fortunate to have the depth of talent we have in this country available to take up this opportunity."
A replacement will be named soon, likely ahead of the Boomers' two pre-World Cup clashes against a depleted United States in Melbourne this week.
Bolden's withdrawal follows a decision by Simmons — who recently signed a five-year, US$170 million contract extension with 76ers — to also skip the World Cup, which tips off on 31 August.
Other Australian NBA standouts who will not be playing include Thon Maker (NBA commitments), Ryan Broekhoff (birth of his child) and Dante Exum (injury).
Despite their no-shows, Australia still boasts several NBA stars, including Utah Jazz's Joe Ingle and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Afghanistan became part of the ICC 16 years ago, produced some fine wins in limited-overs cricket, and won two of the four Test matches they have played so far.
New Zealand are close to doing something 'really really special', says former captain Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum, who led the Black Caps to the 2015 World Cup final, heaped praise on captain Kane Williamson and said its time for New Zealand to get over the excuses of the past.
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup camp to begin in Jharkhand from 15 October, says AIFF general secretary Kushal Das
Originally scheduled for November, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup had been postponed to February-March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a delay in organising the camp, too.