Basketball will be Perth’s most popular ticket in August when Australia’s biggest sports superstar comes to town.
Basketball sensation Ben Simmons announced to the world yesterday that he will be playing for the Boomers.
“I’m going to be a Boomer for events to come, so stay tuned,” the Philadelphia 76ers megastar told her 796,000 followers on Twitter.
In a major blow for WA, Australia’s next game will be against Canada at RAC Arena on August 16-17, ahead of the FIBA World Cup.
Barring an injury, Simmons will wear green and gold alongside his NBA teammates Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Thon Maker, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova.
The cheapest tickets are priced at $ 79.90 for adults and $ 49.90 for children under 16, with front row seats costing $ 1,500. Tickets are still available.
Simmons has taken the basketball world by storm since being selected No.1 in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year and earned star status that year. season. He is now preparing to negotiate a monster deal that could earn him $ 223 million over the next five years.
Off the pitch, Simmons is dating model Kendal Jenner, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star.
The couple have regularly been forced to fight paparazzi scrums at parties while Jenner, pictured, has attended numerous Simmons games for the 76ers.
Former baby boomer star Shane Heal has praised Simmons’ engagement as a “game changer” as Australia aim for their first medal at a World Cup or the Olympics.
Baby boomer coach Andrej Lemanis and assistant coach Luc Longley were in constant communication with Simmons as he prepared to make his decision and Lemanis said it was a huge boost for the team.
“He’s just a phenomenal passer,” he said.
“He sees the pitch so well and I think that will really match the team’s philosophy.
“As a group, we always play in the best interests of the team.”