Kemba Walker in Ben Simmons still out as All-Star

Victorian MP Tim Watts rants about Ben Simmons NBA All Star snub in parliament

Victorian MP Tim Watts rants about Ben Simmons NBA All Star snub in parliament

Despite his excellent form, Simmons was left out of the NBA All-Star match, even though he won the third-most votes for any guard in the competition.

The door is once again slightly ajar for Ben Simmons to become Australia's first-ever NBA All Star - but this time, the fight is being taken all the way to Federal Parliament.

The rant has had some cut-through, with ESPN already picking it up.

Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons isn't happy.

"He's already an National Basketball Association superstar, breaking first-year records held by greats of the game like Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson".

This isn't the Pro Bowl and players don't usually get four extra chances to be on an All-Star team in the National Basketball Association, but this year it happened and Simmons is disappointed he did not get a nod despite all of the replacements.

Mr Watts, a federal Labor member of parliament since 2013 and representative of Gellibrand in Victoria, used the current Australian "golden generation" in the National Basketball Association to make a broader point about multiculturalism in this country.

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Simmons, who is from Australia, is having an outstanding season, but it still wasn't enough.

"They show that Australia's diversity is our strength".

The story was also covered by the likes of USA Today, who expressed bemusement at the fact the issue was raised in Parliament.

In a speech that has since predictably gone viral, Watts, a member of the Australian House of Representatives, certainly made it clear Simmons should be next picked.

In addition to Walker's selection, Dragic was chosen as an All-Star replacement over Simmons as well when Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love went down with an injury.

He is averaging 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game.

"If you thought that Australia was angry about the "Simpsons vs Australia" TV episode, you ain't seen nothing yet, Yanks."

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