Ben Simmons bailed on the Brooklyn Nets when they needed him most. Simmons was reported to be ready to go for Brooklyn’s must-win game four against the Boston Celtics. Shortly before the game, Ben said his back was acting up and sat out the game.
Simmons’ issues were well documented throughout the season. First, he refused to play for the Philadelphia 76ers because he was unhappy with the team’s medical staff. Finally, he was moved to the Nets at the trade deadline. Brooklyn fans were excited about their team’s prospects.
In the end, Ben did not play a single game all year. Fans were shocked when the news broke that Ben Simmons was sitting out game four. Stephen A. Smith unloaded on Simmons before the game, calling him the most pathetic athlete of all time.
“He [Kyrie Irving] ain’t got nothing on Ben Simmons. Nobody is worse than Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons might also be the weakest, most pathetic, excuse for a professional athlete we have ever seen in not just American history but the history of sports. I can’t think of a professional athlete that has come across more pathetic than this man.”
The Nets went out with a whimper this season. Kyrie Irving’s vaccine distraction seemed like the worst things could get. Then Ben Simmons came along.
We will have to wait and see if Ben Simmons is able and willing to play next year. He has the entire offseason to recover. If he is not ready to go, it could be a public relations nightmare for both Simmons and the Nets.
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