Joel Embiid urges National Basketball Association to give Ben Simmons an All-Star spot

Joel Embiid urges National Basketball Association to give Ben Simmons an All-Star spot

Joel Embiid urges National Basketball Association to give Ben Simmons an All-Star spot

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.

Melbourne born Simmons registered the third-most fan votes among Eastern Conference guards after a stellar debut season, but that was not enough for coaches and National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver to select him.

As for Simmons, he put in a star turn in his most recent game - against the Washington Wizards - dropping 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block as the 76ers scored a 115-102 win.

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

After quoting some of Simmons' season statistics, Watts went on to question the credentials of the Miami Heat's Goran Dragić who was called in to replace the injured Kevin Love in Team LeBron for the All Star game on February 18.

"The fact that compatriot Jingling Joe Ingles has also been left out of the three-point competition, despite now sitting third in the league in three-point percentage, makes me think there's some kind of anti-Australian conspiracy going on at the league head office at the moment", he said.

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"If you thought that Australia was angry about 'The Simpsons versus Australia TV episode, you ain't seen nothing yet, Yanks", he said.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons said the following after Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker was named Porzingis' replacement: "I don't really know what an All-Star is anymore".

Mr Watts, a federal Labor member of parliament since 2013 and representative of Gellibrand in Victoria, used the current Australian "golden generation" in the National Basketball Association to make a broader point about multiculturalism in this country.

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"A ideal reflection of modern Australia - an immigrant nation and the most successful multicultural nation on earth".

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