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10 February 2018, 01:46 | Anna Jefferson
Ben Simmons back in the frame for All-Star game – again
An Australian MP has accused the National Basketball Association of harbouring an "anti-Australian conspiracy" while speaking in Parliament to complain at the fact Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has not been picked for the All-Star game.
Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid led the support for Simmons who, before today's announcement, had been snubbed for an All-Star invite numerous times as players pulled out with injuries.
He is averaging 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game.
"He's already had five triple-doubles and frankly no one with two brain cells to rub together would want Goran Dragic on their team over Ben".
"The fact that compatriot Jingling Joe Ingles has also been left out of the three point competition despite now sitting third on the league in three point percentage makes me think there's some kind of anti-Australian conspiracy going on at league head office at the moment", he said.
You'll notice that Watts' goal in his statements to parliament Wednesday extended beyond getting Simmons into the All-Star game.
"But I also had a serious message about today's golden generation of Australians playing in the National Basketball Association - of the nine flying the flag in the League there is an indigenous Australian man, four children of immigrants and two refugees".
"Our representation in the National Basketball Association looks like modern Australia - a nation of migrants and the most successful multicultural nation [on] earth". "There's been a lot of nonsense said about Australia's African community over the summer Parliamentary recess by politicians around the country but Thon and Mangok show the potential of every member of this community to overcome obstacles and excel at the highest level".
Not only was Simmons not among the original 12 players selected for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, but he was passed over three more times.
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