Polarising Australian NBA star Ben Simmons is bracing for his first official game in a year-and-a-half on a day being dubbed ‘Australia Day,’ with a cast of Aussies taking the court across the league.
One of the most anticipated days in Australian NBA history will play out on Thursday when six Aussies feature across three games.
The standout clash is Brooklyn against New Orleans from 10.30am (AEDT) on Thursday, which will see Simmons and Patty Mills take on Aussie rookie Dyson Daniels.
All eyes will be on Simmons on his first official NBA game since June 20, 2021 – a game he was bombarded with criticism following the Sixers’ second-round NBA playoff exit.
The Melbourne-born guard infamously copped heavy condemnation for passing up an open dunk late in the fourth quarter during the loss.
Philadelphia teammate Joel Embiid openly criticised Simmons, sparking the Aussie to request a…