Boomers go bust, but Sobey cops World Cup snubs on chin
Nathan Sobey is adamant he and Aron Baynes had more to offer the Boomers, and wants to prove it as part of a Bullets NBL resurgence.
The pair were left out of Brian Goorjian's 18-man extended squad to compete for a spot at August's World Cup in Japan and the Philippines.
Both played at the 2019 World Cup and were part of the Olympic side that won bronze in Tokyo's COVID-impacted Games two years ago.
Centre Baynes, now 36, suffered a serious neck injury in Tokyo and was in hospital when the side won their maiden international medal in his third Olympics.
Sobey and Matthew Dellavedova posed as doctors to deliver Baynes' silverware in person, the Queenslander eventually returning to the court with the Bullets in the NBL.
NBA champion Baynes had his sights on another World Cup campaign after starring in China four years earlier.
But Goorjian has shut the door on that fairytale, denying Baynes the chance at selection camp to battle the next generation of forwards the coach has ushered in.
Sam Froling, Will McDowell-White and Keanu Pinder have been included alongside the more established Duop Reath, Thon Maker, Jack White, Nick Kay and Jock Landale.
"I don't know how that conversation went or if there's more to it," Sobey told AAP of his teammate's omission.
"He's been a huge part of what the Boomers is about. It's hard to see him not in it, and you do think he should be there."
Guard Sobey faced stiff opposition to retain his position given the emergence of NBA trio Josh Giddey, Dyson Daniels and Josh Green.
He said Goorjian had reached out at Easter to explain his non-selection, but that he hadn't spoken to Baynes about their omissions since the squad was made public last Monday.
"'Goorj' mentioned the situation with the up-and-coming young guys, getting ready for the big tournaments going forward," Sobey said.
"I felt I could still offer something and it'd be good to be part of that group, but I wish them all the best and hope they get the job done.
"Baynesy and I will let it settle, but we'll have that conversation eventually."
A knee injury restricted Sobey early in the last NBL season, which contributed to the Bullets' slow start that cost coach James Duncan his job and eventually led to widespread administrative change.
Justin Schueller will be assisted by Darryl McDonald next season and have the benefit of a fit and fired-up Sobey and Baynes.
"It'll be our first pre-season together at the club to do what we want to do next season," Sobey said.
"There was a lot of down times we had as an organisation and playing group, and the changes are going to be good."