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.
The tournament started in Oman on Sunday with the first round matches. Prior to the showpiece, Australia suffered five series defeats to England, India, New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh.
Pakistan will take on India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 24 October. They head to the fixture on the back of an unbeaten record at the venue, having recorded six T20Is wins.
Milwaukee will try to become the first NBA champion from the Eastern Conference to repeat since James led Miami to titles in 2012 and 2013 as the league aims for its first full 82-game per club campaign since 2018-19