Ben Simmons is as soon as once more irritating his staff.
No, you have not time traveled again to mid- to late 2021. This is reportedly occurring proper now, in Nov. 2022, on the Brooklyn Nets (not the Philadelphia 76ers, which is how we all know we’ve not time traveled). According to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic, the group has been each frustrated and anxious about Simmons over the previous couple of weeks.
According to a number of sources with direct information of the state of affairs, the frustration surrounding Simmons had been constructing in latest weeks inside the group. The teaching workers and gamers have been involved about his availability and degree of play, with some questioning his ardour for the sport, these sources stated. But even when he did play, Simmons’ struggles in his first 9 video games this season have been a part of the Nets frustration as properly.
Questions about Simmons’ ardour for the sport are not new. They surfaced when he was with the Sixers, and received a giant increase after Game 7 of the 2020-2021 Eastern Conference Finals, through which Simmons handed up a large open layup that Joel Embiid tagged because the turning level of the sport. The Sixers misplaced, and Simmons would by no means have a great relationship with the staff once more. During the 2021-2022 season, he would ask for a commerce, sit out many of the season citing psychological well being points, and ultimately get traded to the Nets for James Harden.
Teammate reportedly calls out Simmons at staff assembly
Simmons has additionally been dealing with some accidents: a sore knee that he is drained a number of occasions, which has stored him out of numerous video games just lately, and recurrent again issues, which he is been dealing with since his Sixers days. Those points clearly restrict him, and may very well be the supply of a number of the reported issues from contained in the org.
But Simmons’ teammates weren’t completely satisfied with what they have been seeing from him on the court docket. According to The Athletic, one among his teammates, Markieff Morris, basically referred to as out Simmons for his effort on the court docket.
The degree of exasperation towards Simmons bubbled to the floor on Oct. 29 when the Nets held a players-only assembly following a loss to the Pacers at Barclays Center. Sources with direct information of the assembly, however who have been granted anonymity in order that they may communicate freely say that in that assembly, Markieff Morris — a veteran chief on these Nets — spoke up in entrance of all of his teammates about how they want Simmons to succeed and that he has to reply when he offers with adversity on the court docket. Those sources all described a gathering the place Simmons appeared to take Morris’ phrases in stride and was responsive and attentive all through.
Simmons and his points have became a minor storyline on the Nets currently. Kyrie Irving continues to be suspended for his public help of an antisemitic movie. Head coach Steve Nash was fired. Ime Udoka, the Boston Celtics head coach who’s suspended for the season attributable to an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker, was thought of to switch him. After that induced a firestorm, the Nets promoted Jacque Vaughn to go coach as an alternative.
The Nets have greater fish to fry than Simmons proper now, nevertheless it will not be that approach eternally. They want him to recollect the right way to be the elite participant he as soon as was, particularly with Irving suspended and his future with the staff unknown.