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Ben Simmons says he’ll shoot 3s this season, Nets will be ‘champions’ if we ‘get it all together’

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You can’t take a long interview with Ben Simmons and not ask him about filming. This is especially true if the interviewer is one of the best shooters in NBA history. So when Simmons has been featured on JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three podcast.his former Philadelphia 76ers teammate tossed him a softball about how talking about shooting overshadows “all the amazing things you do.”

“I think for a while it was just – it’s so repetitive, you hear it all the time from everyone,” Simmons said. “And you are so damn hell. Like, just get away from business, I’m busy with other things, too much. I guard the best players. First of all, I don’t think people have enough respect for what I’m bringing up. ‘Cause there’s a lot of shit that I bring to court. As for me, I just want to win. So people also don’t understand that my goal is just to win. I don’t go there, I don’t try to get that many points, whatever it is. my goal is to win, so I try to do my best during the game to play correctly and read correctly to help my team win.

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“But it’s certainly frustrating,” Simmons continued. “But that’s also one of my weaknesses, so what, I’m going to get mad at people for saying I’m not good at something? Okay, yeah, cool, I’ll practice and get better. it is what it is. And that’s just part of the game.”

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This is far from the first time Simmons has discussed the big and egregious hole in his game. In 2020 he told Jackie McMullan, then ESPNthat he would throw 3’s when it suits him, that he should “make the point” and that he could “be one of those guys throwing 30 percent right now” but “would rather be one of those guys throwing 40 percent.” That same year, he told Yaron Weitzman that it was better for the Philadelphia offense to stand in the place of the dunker than to stand in the corner, and he was focused on “making the best shot every time.” via Fox Sports.

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Redick referenced former Philadelphia coach Brett Brown publicly urging Simmons to throw 3s, asking, “Did the shooting get bigger than it should have been and fuck you a little?”

“Of course,” Simmons said. “100 percent. Of course not. And I didn’t really realize it at the beginning of my career. They say I can’t, don’t they? I’m embarrassed as hell right now. You don’t want me to shoot, but you want me to shoot? LikeI dont know. So it did a hell of a lot to me. But I kind of found peace in a place where I’m just like, damn it, it’s basketball, like, I’m good at the game, I need to go out there and show people what I can do and what I can do. talent. It was like that for a while, I just screwed up a bit.”

And then, of course, Redick asked Simmons, now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, if he would throw threes next season.

“Yes, I need to,” Simmons said. “I just need to go out there and put some on.”

They both then started laughing, making it unclear if Simmons was serious. Redick said his goal should be to take five triples in a game until he says stop.

“Damn it, 20 triples a game,” Simmons said, obviously joking. “Kevin is wide open – no!”

Simmons seemed genuinely excited about one thing: the Nets for the 2022–23 season. Describing how he expects them to play, he mentioned again Redick, Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova and the 66ers of the 2017/18 season.

“I think this team right now is just perfect for what I do and what I bring to the game,” he told Redick. “I feel like it’s Philadelphia on steroids, in terms of what we had when you were there, Marco and Ersan.”

Simmons, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2021 playoffs, said returning to the court in Brooklyn “is going to hurt.”

“I can’t wait, I’m so excited,” he said. “I got a new number, a new jersey. I’m just looking forward to it. I think we have a special team. I think that if we all come together, we will become champions. That is the ultimate goal.” “

The Nets traded Simmons in February and prior to the back injury, he was expected to return to form last season. In the first round of the playoffs all signs pointed to him returning for game 4, but that did not happen. In May, he underwent back surgery.

Simmons told Redick that he hurt his back after a workout.

“So, at first I had some back pain when I was exercising, then I started, like, jumping up stairs, running up stairs, and my whole right side just fell off,” Simmons said. “And as soon as I got upstairs, I lay down and couldn’t move.”

Simmons said it was “the same”. he tested in Milwaukee in 2020, an incident that caused him to “vomit because I was in so much pain”. It was “not normal” as he had not yet made his Nets debut and they were in the playoffs, but he wanted to play, he said.

“In practice, I know I don’t feel well,” he said. “My muscles, my glutes are (not) working, I can’t jump, I can’t dunk. And people don’t see it, but it was a reality. And me, I’m going to play, I’m going to go to game 4 or try to go to game 4, I’m on the ground, I can’t even move. So this is the real thing. And for me it was unpleasant, because you all say anything. But I try to block it. If I hurt, I hurt. I’m not trying to sit out.”

Rehab was a “tough” process, Simmons said, but he only talked about it in the past tense. He said the coaches in Brooklyn were “incredible” and the coaches were “great”.

Simmons also talked about his time with the Sixersincluding its end.


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