Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Joel Embiid lobbies for Simmons All-Star invite

Joel Embiid lobbies for Simmons All-Star invite

Federal Labor MP Tim Watts has let loose with a huge rant on the floor of a parliament about his outrage over Aussie NBA star not being picked for the All-Star team.

JUST days after Ben Simmons' All Star aspirations were reawakened by a shocking knee injury to NY star Kristaps Porzingis, the Australian's been snubbed - again.

The door is once again slightly ajar for Ben Simmons to become Australia's first-ever NBA All Star - but this time, the fight is being taken all the way to Federal Parliament.

Simmons was overlooked for selection in the initial All Star squad despite receiving the third-most votes for any guard in the league, and even when injury saw three more players pull out, the Aussie was still overlooked for selection.

"I hope they don't do the same bulls**t, the same mistake they've been doing before with the last two guys who got injured", Embiid told reporters after Simmons dropped an impressive 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block in the 76ers' win over the Washington Wizards earlier this week. The replacements were Paul George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker (one Western Conference and three Eastern Conference players).

Ben Simmons continues to be disappointed about his All-Star Game snub.

He also cited the case of fellow Australian Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz who has been left out of the All-Star three-point competition, despite now sitting third in the league in three-point percentage. Rather than give Philly a second All-Star, it seems they wanted to give other teams like Charlotte, Detroit and Miami their first All-Star, which is understandable.

Watts' speech, which was cut short as the speaker of the house advised Watts his time was up, has drawn a mixed reaction from Australian basketball fans.

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