It's probably fair to say that the Australian Boomers' preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup has not exactly been smooth sailing. The highly anticipated seven-game exhibition series involving Canada, Team USA, New Zealand and Boomers on Australian soil - and the World Cup itself - has been hit by a mass exodus of NBA stars. The reasons for the non-appearance of star players, including Australia's Ben Simmons are varied. FIBA moving the World Cup to less than 12 months before the Olympics may also have something to do with it.
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