Australia’s national men’s basketball coach, Brian Goorjian, is standing firm in his support for NBA star Josh Giddey’s inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympics, despite the player facing allegations regarding an improper relationship with a teenage girl. Coach Goorjian flew to the United States to meet with Australia’s NBA-based players, including Giddey, to provide support amid a challenging period for the young player.
Giddey’s on-court performance seems affected as teams deliberately challenge him to take shots from the outside. The recent 110-101 loss to the Houston Rockets reflected this defensive strategy, with the crowd making it impossible for Giddey to ignore the global story surrounding the investigations. Coach Goorjian expressed confidence in Giddey’s abilities and stated his desire to have the talented playmaker on the Boomers’ team for Paris 2024.
While the Australian Olympic Committee refrained from commenting on the potential impact of the police investigation on Giddey’s selection, Coach Goorjian, a long-time acquaintance of the Giddey family, stands firmly behind the player. He recognizes Giddey’s significance in Australia’s pursuit of gold at the upcoming Olympics.
In response to the allegations, Coach Goorjian reached out to Giddey, offering a message of support. “The first thing I did was message him… I also messaged the father,” Goorjian said. “I just sent them a paragraph of support, right away I get, ‘Thanks, appreciate it’.”
Reflecting on Giddey’s character, Goorjian highlighted the player’s resilience and commitment, recalling his positive response after being cut from the Tokyo Olympics. “I cut him from the [Tokyo] Olympics, and he didn’t come back with ‘here’s some baggage you can wear,’ he came back with a hug and ‘I’m in’ for the World Cup. So it’s my turn now,” remarked Coach Goorjian, underscoring his commitment to supporting Giddey during this challenging time.
Giddey, who has chosen not to comment on the allegations, remains a key player for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Basketball Australia has also refrained from commenting on Giddey’s Olympic status, citing the ongoing investigations. Despite the troubling times, Coach Goorjian is committed to supporting Giddey and remains hopeful for his inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
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