After losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 playoffs, there was a great deal of uncertainty about the future of All-Star man great Ben Simmons. During a crucial fourth-quarter possession, Simmons missed a virtually open layup that ultimately cost the Philadelphia 76ers the game and the streak. Simmons received a lot of criticism for his Game 7 decision, and the repercussions echoed into the next season when his mental health issues prevented him from ever stepping onto the court in a Sixers uniform again.
When Simmons decided to sit out last season, one of his biggest critics was Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal. during his performance JJ Redick’s Old Man & the Three PodcastSimmons addressed Shaq’s criticism of his decisions.
“I think it’s kind of ignorant, like Shaq and Chuck sometimes, what they’re saying. Because they have a platform to protect us and, you know, do good.” said Simmons. “Um, obviously they’re supposed to criticize us, you know, we’re basketball players. But when it comes to personal things, there’s a certain level of respect they should have. Even Shaq, when I was sorting everything out, I actually texted him and he got it out. And I thought alright.”
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Shaq doubles down on Ben Simmons disrespect
Shaq, a four-time NBA champion, has never been one to mince words. When the Hall of Famers got wind of the newly acquired Nets star’s comments, he reacted abruptly, explaining why his previous comment about Simmons couldn’t simply be chalked up as just a “hater.”
“The mental thing doesn’t come out until everyone starts beating you up, then you let people know you have mental health issues. I told the world, I said, “He sent me a DM, he told me he was going through some troubles,” and I said I was going to resign, and then I said to him in the DM, “Okay, the reason why people do it I don’t know what’s going on [is] because you don’t talk” Shaq said on The Big Podcast.
“But from what I’ve seen and speaking from what I know, I know how to get to the next level. He knows that and yes you can be my brother but I won’t always sugarcoat things I will tell you the truth. I’m never sugar coat.
But you can’t say I hate it ’cause all the stuff you do [you’re doing] it because you saw me doing it… When you’re taller, you can’t be a hater.”
Seth Curry makes a bold statement about Simmons’ shooting
A recent addition to the league, Simmons is a multiple All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year finalist. His game is nearly flawless, but anyone who has watched him play can see that his unwillingness to shoot often limits his team’s offensive distance.
Nets guard Seth Curry, who was Simmons’ teammate at both Philadelphia and Brooklyn, says the Nets star doesn’t need a jump shot to be a threat on offense.
“I don’t think he needs a jump shot,” Curry told the Australian newspaper Herald Sun in July per NetsDaily.
“He just has to do what he does best – which is defending, rebounding, pushing the ball, playing for other players and attacking the rim. When you have the size and talent like him, who needs not one but two and sometimes three guys to keep him from getting to the edge, that’s a lot in itself.”
Simmons’ long-awaited Nets debut is getting closer by the day. It will be interesting to see how well he gets along with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
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