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Rachel Nichols, Kevin Arnovitz, Brian Windhorst and Amin Elhassan discuss new Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis skipping the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, and why it might be a bigger deal that fellow Klutch Sports client Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers is skipping out for Australia. They then (3:43) discuss the Lakers hiring Phil Handy as an assistant coach.
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Gabriele Mariotti
Gabriele Mariotti 2 months ago
....and yet Australia is going further than USA did...
Lumberjack Tuckbudford
Ben backstabbed us and called us racists he can suck a dick. Id rather see someone else take the spotlight and have the team say we dont need ben.
bigheavy90
bigheavy90 3 months ago
Maybe if Australia show been some real respect, he'd play.... Just a thought...
11thWoods
11thWoods 3 months ago
Ben got denied in that casino and was like fuck Australia! Lol
Jonas Juarez
Jonas Juarez 3 months ago
I think the most significant piece of information just flew over our heads. The Boomers might not even be in the Olympics depending on how they play in the FIBA games?? I'm sorry, what?? That alone should have been motivation to put yourself forward to represent Benny :/ hmmm..
Banban
Banban 4 months ago
Get off his back espn
Luca D?Innocenzio
Luca D?Innocenzio 4 months ago
Because USA have a stacked team which doesn't need Anthony Davis (or any other real superstar like Steph, KD, Lebron...) to have an almost guaranteed gold...
wnerk o
wnerk o 4 months ago
so this year the big fad is for higher picked rookies to not play in summer league.they must be too good for that.thats for G league and bottom picks.and the other fad is to skip the fiba cup games.why cant nba guys think for them selves.skateboarders are just as bad.i like to skateboard and play ball but the sheep culture is dumb
Kenshin Himura
Kenshin Himura 4 months ago
:30-:35 “There’s gonna be a lotta competition for that spot.” -Brian Windhorst. Brian at this rate,there’s almost no competition for the FIBA World Cup spot since most all-stars from the past 3 years have backed out.
LegionBoy2002
LegionBoy2002 4 months ago
American sports dollars makes international play obslete. They might as well go back to the "amatuers only" 80's play. For everybody. Smfh.
Tom s
Tom s 4 months ago
He claims he is Australian and loves his country but would rather let them not qualify for the Olympics just so he can go on a yacht with Kendall Jenner who's been tossed around by every NBA player. You give up a once in a chance lift time experience for that?
Tanner Cox
Tanner Cox 4 months ago
Frank Vogel is just a punching bag we all know the assistant coaches are the real coaches here
Da Sh
Da Sh 4 months ago
Why so much pressure on players to play for something outside of their JOB? smh. Do you people not understand they still are expected to practice continually to improve AND THAT THEY HAVE LIVES OUTSIDE OF BASKETBALL? smh.
Dhanu Parwito
Dhanu Parwito 4 months ago
Ben Simmons will play for the friendly vs USA, but not for the World Cup
Strawhats08
Strawhats08 4 months ago
Yo if hes actually out there working on his jump shot and three pointer like he said, than fuck what anybody else says.
brian quebec
brian quebec 4 months ago
Shouldn't Brian Windhorst know that Canada has more NBA players than Australia? I need a job, maybe I could get on your show as an 'expert' smh
james benedict
james benedict 4 months ago
Ben dropped fiba to train his 3 pointers in 2K
Ty E
Ty E 4 months ago
We have alot of superstars it'll give a chance to the players who dont have a ring feel valuble to get a gold medal
dgoldmitten1
dgoldmitten1 4 months ago
Amin stfu Ben Simmons wants a nba championship. This guy is always reaching
Haha Hehe
Haha Hehe 4 months ago
Rachel Nicholson is annoying as fuck
BOX5 BASTARD
BOX5 BASTARD 4 months ago
Can't tell that man what to do. If he don't want to play it's his choice. Tall folk hate flying yell
Tperry182324
Tperry182324 4 months ago
Canadians are American 😂
Christian Costello
Christian Costello 4 months ago
The fact Andrew Wiggins wasnt even invited to attend Canada's FIBA camp is more intresting, here is a 5 year vet, part of what should be a dynamic duo, former number overall pick, and hes not even invited to his countries training camp. While NCAA and role players are invited. Wiggins has been completely devalued.
Aleksandar Spasic
Aleksandar Spasic 4 months ago
I think he declined in the end, even though he initially wanted to play. He hasn't played since choke job against Venezuela in 2015.
Mr Swanky Blum
Mr Swanky Blum 4 months ago
I'm Australian and I'm pissed with Ben. Doesn't respect Australia and doesn't even seem like an Aussie. All he wants to be is American
Kp KP
Kp KP 4 months ago
Agree, Ben Simmons should be ashamed of himself, he has no reason not to play. He got his max, even if he gets injured during the World Cup he is fine. He doesn’t love playing basketball and that’s why he will never accomplish anything in his career. Australia actually have a shot at winning and now Simmons has ruined those real chances.
frankmat
frankmat 4 months ago
Honestly... don't know how these "experts" are paid to give opinions. Simmons is working on his shoot this off-season and the worst possible thing he could do is go to a World Cup and start reinforcing old bad habits in scrimmages and games. There is a reason high profile shooting coaches saying you need to take 3 months to work on a shot and not scrimmage or play in that time. You need to build muscle memory especially for someone like Simmons who has hitches in his action that he needs to remove. Playing the World Cup is only going to hurt him.
Kp KP
Kp KP 4 months ago
Playing in the World Cup could only help him, he is never gonna be a good shooter, he has been hitting threes in practice since before last season but did he ever bring that to his game? He should be going and playing for his country, try taking some threes in games against crappy teams, taking a bunch of threes in practice isn’t gonna help him in the end, you need to actually feel what it’s like in games and he has a chance to do that. He can say he isn’t going to work on his game but the truth is he is just lazy, always has been.
RJ No1
RJ No1 4 months ago
Ben pulls out of the world cup yet says he is playing the exhibition games against USA in Australia... Fuk outta here , let the team develop some kind of cohesion because with u there demanding the ball in exhibition and suddenly gone isn’t gonna help at the World Cup arrogant flog
Elliscann 9
Elliscann 9 4 months ago
How is Phil Handy not a head coach?! With that Resume 🤔 5 Straight?! “as an assistant” none of these trash teams wanna take a chance?!
Dsperse1
Dsperse1 4 months ago
So many WNBA players overseas in the offseason to make ends meat and these guys are talking load management and skipping a chance to represent their country. For all the scrutiny woman take about quality of product the men should take more scrutiny for quality of heart. Any court any time is how the real ballers do it.
Kristian Joel Bello
Kristian Joel Bello 4 months ago
but at the end of the day, results are what matter. Men dominate this sport, therefor there demand is higher. On a patriotic standpoint playing for the Olympics is different tho.
P C
P C 4 months ago
All women should make ends meat.
Aleksandar Spasic
Aleksandar Spasic 4 months ago
@Todd Hall FIBA even moved continental championships to be once every 4 years, instead of 2, as it has been for almost 60 years.
Nuhash Ahmed
Nuhash Ahmed 4 months ago
@Todd Hall You know that the WC doesn't come around every year right?
Ernest Muric
Ernest Muric 4 months ago
Bottomline is he's a NBA bball player who cannot shoot a jump shot at all. People think I'm joking when I tell them that.
Shoney Carpenter
Shoney Carpenter 4 months ago
It’s not only that, he was on record saying “I’m going to play for team Australia” so they planned on him coming. He’s going into his 4th year now and he STILL has yet to do anything significant to show improvement in his shooting abilities. Not only is this bad for him as a basketball player, but now he’s under even more pressure to produce because he turned on his country to “improve his game”.
j gra
j gra 4 months ago
It's funny we work real jobs all of our life we love our teams and buy all kinds of stuff then we have sports players get to play games for about 10 to 15 years and live large the rest of there life's they seem like these athletic guys are getting lazy I miss the 80s and 90s basketball they went to war if Jordan played for the USA then AD can
Shaar Lahat
Shaar Lahat 4 months ago
If Ben Simmons wants to work on his jumper let him work on his jumper. Cant make these clowns happy. If he went to the Olympics the same guys would be saying he should have stayed back and worked on his game. Amin Elhassan... stop ridin him. Get off his bozak.
Nate Cruz
Nate Cruz 4 months ago
Ben Simmons realized that even if the FIBA 3pt line is closer, he still can’t shoot and didn’t want to embarrass himself in front of the entire world.
Samuel Keay
Samuel Keay 4 months ago
this dude kevin arnovitz reminds me of a short bald ryan reynolds
Calgary Zeno
Calgary Zeno 4 months ago
I love basketball but this is why football (soccer) is a more popular and better sport.
danielf0124
danielf0124 4 months ago
ah.... maybe because he and everyone else knows he has a lot of work to this offseason, despite making all star game he clearly has some flaws atm, needs to clear his head and work on all aspects of his game.
ill m
ill m 4 months ago
Team USA should be ok with James harden
Devin Roussell
Devin Roussell 4 months ago
Ben isn’t a DAWG. He don’t want it. He is just like Wiggins. Philly ain’t going to win with him on the team.
john hand
john hand 4 months ago
Me: Ben You could shoot all the jumpers you want in the world cup 3's are shorter Ben: nah mate i want an nba 3
bongo155
bongo155 4 months ago
Whats fatass talking about? Australia not qualifying for the Olympics??? Australian mens basketball team has competed at every summer olympics since 1972. Thats 12 Olympics in a row. We've qualified for 14/16 olympics going back to 1956 ...
bongo155
bongo155 3 months ago
@Josh Drake Err, I take it you didnt watch the Boomers v Canada game. Canada fucking destroyed Australia. We were absolute trash. Biggest problem is the coach. Lemanis is shit. Canada has NBA winning coach, we have some NBL hack.
Josh Drake
Josh Drake 3 months ago
Australia still has a strong team without Simmons. You got Ingles, Mills, Baynes, Bolden, Delly, Bogut. Then I think Thon Maker and Exum are out. But anyway, should still be a good enough team to challenge for a medal.
Aleksandar Spasic
Aleksandar Spasic 4 months ago
Australia had the easiest way to qualify up until now. It is true. If Australia loses to both Canada and Lithuania, they have to pray New Zealand loses to both Greece and Brazil by bigger margin. There will also be aditional qualifying tournaments in 2020, prior to Olympics, but they will be super tough as they will have all excpet two European and two American teams.
GST2 S
GST2 S 4 months ago
There is a different qualification system now. World Cup rankings will now mostly determine whether teams qualify for the Olympics. So Australia's performance in the World Cup matters to the Olympics. This is changed from only needing to beat New Zealand in the Oceania qualification tournament.
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