He’s not playing in the FIBA World Cup, and he’s not gonna suit up for the Boomers in the extremely high-profile but suddenly farcical exhibition games against Team USA, but Ben Simmons has still found a way to leave his mark on Melbourne this off-season by exorcising the human spirit from the body of an unsuspecting local youth at a community basketball clinic this past weekend.
Simmons is in the middle of running his annual Ben Simmons Basketball Camp clinics; a series of all-day training and teaching clinics for kids and youths alike held in conjunction with coaching volunteer organisation Helping Hoops.
At the Melbourne iteration this past Sunday, Simmons took time to not only impart his wisdom onto the next generation of Australian ballers, but to stamp his authority by committing murder on a hapless participant to remind everyone who the Big Dogg™ really is.
Instagram footage shows a casual, flat-footed Simmons inviting the unsuspecting volunteer to try and block his shot, only to suddenly power-up and grind the poor young man into a fine mist.
A promising young man, not yet in his prime, cut down callously by the King just to keep the commoners in line. The one true Alpha reasserting his dominance by cutting down any potential challenger. You really hate to see it.
Simmons, as we stated earlier, has pulled out of the Australian lineup for the upcoming exhibition series against a third-string Team USA, citing a desire to not disrupt the Boomers’ preparation for the forthcoming World Cup, and a need to return to Philadelphia to prepare for the new NBA season.
He has, however, remained steadfast in his desire to represent Australia at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
Read into that what you will for the time being.