Ingles, who is currently playing in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, has decided not to participate with the Airbnb Australian Boomers in international competition this year. Joe has competed with the Boomers for the past seven years. After consulting with the Utah Jazz, Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis, and Basketball Australia’s General Manager of High Performance and National Teams Chuck Harmison, a unanimous decision was made that it was in the best interests of all parties for Joe to rest this summer after the long grind of his first NBA season. Joe’s full intention is to rejoin the Airbnb Australian Boomers campaign for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“I take great pride in representing my country in international competition, and for that reason, this decision was very difficult for me. Everyone associated with the Boomers – the coaches, my teammates, and the support staff – have been integral in my development as a basketball player and as a person. I believe that a summer of rest is the best thing for my basketball career and will also ensure that I am in peak condition to fully dedicate myself to my team and country as we pursue a medal at the Rio Olympics,” Ingles said.
Lemanis expressed his support of Ingles’ decision by stating, “I know how much Joe loves playing for Australia and that missing a campaign with us is very difficult for him to accept – he has been a stalwart of the program over the past seven years. However, it is important for us as a sport to work with the athletes to ensure longevity and peak performance, not only for the National Team, but also for their careers. Our goal as a team is to medal at the Rio Olympics and deliver to Australia a first ever men’s medal at a benchmark event. As an entire team we believe that Joe taking this time off from on court duties with the National team will best position us for the success we seek at the Olympics. I look forward to Joe’s continued contribution to the team this year through his commitment to communication with the group during the year and through his off court involvement in our preparation. I know he will be bursting to again pull on the green and gold in 2016.”
The Airbnb Australian Boomers will face New Zealand in mid-August at Melbourne as part of a two-game qualifying series against the Tall Blacks, with the winner advancing to the 2016 Rio Olympics.