Ben Simmons withdraws from Australia’s Olympic squad

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FILE – Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons plays during Game 5 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, in Philadelphia, in this Wednesday, June 2, 2021, file photo. Ben Simmons can’t shoot and lost his confidence. He blamed a mental block on the worst free-throw shooting percentage in NBA playoff history. The 76ers head into the offseason faced with a big question – do they try and salvage Simmons or deal the former No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

SYDNEY (AP) — Ben Simmons has withdrawn from Australia’s Olympic squad in order to spend time working on his individual skills following a disappointing NBA post-season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Australia’s head coach Brian Goorjian says going to the Olympics is something Simmons “wanted to do, but the timing just hasn’t worked.”  Goorjian says “It’s a pretty rough time” for the three-time All-Star and “the best thing for everybody right now is for him to go on and develop that skill package.”

The Olympics open on July 23. Simmons 34% from the free-throw line in the NBA playoffs and missed 27 alone against the Atlanta Hawks.

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