Goorjian won't be victim of Boomers' World Cup review


Basketball Australia (BA) boss Matt Scriven has flagged a review of the Boomers' World Cup campaign but assured coach Brian Goorjian his job ahead of the Paris Olympics.

World No.3 and reigning Games bronze medallists Australia were bounced out in the second round of the tournament after losses to Germany and Slovenia.

It was a far cry from an impressive fourth place in China four years ago, but still locked in a Paris 2024 tilt as Oceania's highest-placed team.

Scriven moved on Tuesday to assure Goorjian the gig until then but said a review would analyse "every element" of a campaign he described as disappointing.

"We won't shy away from making the changes necessary across the program where they're needed," the chief executive said.

"We are all here for the long haul. You take the losses with the wins, you reassess and you move on.

"Brian is one of the country's most respected and qualified coaches, he is contracted until Paris and our support of him is unwavering.

"He will be at the helm of the Boomers."

Goorjian didn't select Matthew Dellavedova or Aron Baynes, who had been key pieces in the side's march to a breakthrough Olympic medal in 2021.

Instead Josh Giddey ran the side at point guard while Josh Green, Dante Exum and Xavier Cooks all assumed bigger roles.

Giddey, 20, pipped Patty Mills to be Australia's leading scorer while fellow 35-year-old Joe Ingles had a quiet tournament after injury to centre Jock Landale forced him to play more minutes as a forward.

Goorjian launched a fierce defence of his side after they completed the campaign with a win over Georgia on Sunday, saying the regeneration called for some "nasty stuff" to happen.

Landale will return to the rotation while Goorjian has already flagged the need for more three-point shooting to complement Giddey.

The availability, health and form of NBA All-Star Ben Simmons also shapes as a key subplot to the Boomers' fortunes.

"There is no doubt we'll have to make some tough decisions around selections but when the time is right, we'll commence discussions with players around their availability and willingness to represent the green and gold," Goorjian said.