Basketball Australia has confirmed Brian Goorjian will remain as coach until the Paris 2024 Olympics despite failing to knock the Boomers out of the group stage at the World Cup.
But there will be a “full review” of the worst result at a major tournament since 2014, by a nine-man NBA team that won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Goorjian himself conceded some “difficult choices” would have to be made in the selection as he embarked on a journey of mixing established players with the next generation of stars, including players like Dyson Daniels, who didn’t see much at the World Cup .
Veteran stars like Patty Mills and Joe Ingles have pledged to continue playing in Paris, while NBA star Ben Simmons has also expressed his desire to join the team after missing out on the World Cup.
“There is no doubt that we will have to make some difficult decisions in the selection process, but when the time is right we will start discussions with the players regarding their availability and willingness to represent the green-gold national team,” said Goorjian.
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Despite finishing 10th at the World Cup, which included losses to Germany and Slovakia, BA boss Matt Scriven expressed his unwavering support for 70-year-old Goorjian, who was in charge when the Boomers clinched the historic two years ago Won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games.
“Brian is one of the most respected and qualified coaches in the country, he is under contract until Paris and our support for him is unwavering,” said Scriven.
“He will be at the head of the Boomers.
“The result at this World Championship is disappointing and we will take the lessons learned, rebuild and focus on a podium finish in Paris.”
“We understand that our fans are just as disappointed with tenth place as we are. It is important how we recover from this.”
Scriven said every element of the campaign will be scrutinized to ensure there is no repeat next year in Paris.
“We will not be afraid to make the necessary changes throughout the program where they are needed,” he said.
“We are all here for the long term. You take the losses with the wins, reevaluate, and move on.
“The Paris Olympics are only ten months away so we have a lot to do in a short amount of time and we have the commitment of the players, coaches and support staff to do it.”
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