On the eve of the 2018-19 NBA season, Complex AU spoke to Jonah Bolden and his coaches Phil Handy and Jordan Lawley about the journey from Australia to Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, and where the road might lead from here.
When Jonah Bolden signed to Philadelphia during the summer it meant more than just being contracted to his first NBA roster. It meant he got to play under coach Brett Brown, an iconic figure that has been connected to the Bolden family for 25 years. It meant he got to play alongside fellow Australian Ben Simmons, someone who he shares history with; their fathers played against each other in the NBL. It meant a chance to prove his worth, because not a lot of NBA pundits know too much about him, yet. This season is his chance to make lasting impressions with the 76ers. But as much as this year for Bolden is about getting out on the floor and showing Philadelphia his black book of efficient tricks, the 6'10" big man with the guard-like agility says it’s more about learning the game and finding out how he fits into the NBA.
“Even the day I signed," says Bolden, "[I've] definitely been all about business. There was no time to celebrate, just right back in the gym trying to improve,” he says. “We are a team trying to win a championship. So for me, I just need to improve every single day.”