Australian basketball player Nathan Sobey has appealed to the public for information after his Olympics bronze medal was stolen from his home in Brisbane.
The Boomers and Brisbane Bullets fullback was part of the national team that won Australia’s first men’s basketball medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year by beating Slovenia for bronze.
But Sobey revealed on Sunday that her home was broken into overnight and the medal was stolen.
“Unfortunately last night our house was broken into and my bronze medal was stolen along with a few other little things,” he tweeted. “If anyone has any information, please let us know.”
The Boomers posted a similar message on the team’s official Instagram account.
The feat was particularly appreciated for the 31-year-old as he was not originally included in the squad but earned a call-up thanks to his terrific NBL season with the Bullets.
After the Boomers’ victory in Tokyo, Sobey and Matthew Dellavedova posed as doctors and went to a hospital in Japan’s capital to present badly injured teammate Aron Baynes with his bronze medal.
It comes as Ben Simmons deals with back pain as the new Brooklyn Nets acquisition prepares to make his 2021-22 debut.
Nets coach Steve Nash confirmed ahead of Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks that the three-time All-Star encountered “just a little back pain.”
“It’s not like an injury,” Nash said. “It’s a bit like when he returns to play, his back is a little inflamed. It’s not like a long term thing.
The Nets acquired the 6-foot-10 guard/forward along with Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two future first-round picks in a Feb. 10 trade that sent 10-time All-Star James Harden and Paul Millsap to the 76ers from Philadelphia.
Simmons, the first pick in the 2016 draft, hasn’t played since the 76ers fell to the Atlanta Hawks in last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. He asked for a trade last summer.
“He hasn’t played a game since June,” Nash said.
“I think it’s just part of his return to play process. As you progress, you’re a bit sensitive to certain things, like you would be with muscle pain or tension.
Speaking to reporters after the trade, Simmons said he hopes to play again when the Nets visit Philadelphia on March 10.