Dante Exum out of Olympics
|Jayme Markus||Jun 19, 2016|
Dante Exum has withdrawn from the Australian Boomers squad and will not compete in the Rio Olympics.
Through a statement released by the Utah Jazz Exum cited a need to focus on training and rehabilitation as he prepares the upcoming NBA season, while expressing his desire to represent Australia in the future.
At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training. It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year.
My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country.
The announcement was expected considering Exum is coming off an ACL tear which he suffered playing for the Boomers against Slovenia on August the 4th last year.
The good news is that he appears to be progressing well in his recovery, and has recently been cleared to resume full-contact basketball activities.
Although the Boomers will be missing some of its high end talent in Ben Simmons, Exum and presumably Andrew Bogut, they are still likely to boast five NBA players along with some elite European and NBL talent and should still be in the mix to medal.