There is formally no sympathy left for Ben Simmons as NBA followers unleashed on the Aussie star after the newest twist in his sorry saga.
Ben Simmons, who has missed the complete 2021-22 NBA season, was listed by the Brooklyn Nets as out for Tuesday’s fourth sport of their playoff collection towards Boston.
The Nets are on the verge of being swept by the Celtics, trailing 3-0 within the best-of-seven first spherical matchup, however had hoped Simmons is likely to be over the again ache that has sidelined him.
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The three-time All-Star, who hasn’t performed because the Nets acquired him from the 76ers in a February commerce for James Harden as a consequence of a herniated disk in his again, had focused Game 4 as his NBA comeback after becoming a member of his teammates in apply in current days.
However, based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons wakened on Monday with again soreness once more.
“The Nets and Ben Simmons expected he would be ready to play on Monday (US time), but after getting on the court yesterday Simmons says he woke with back soreness today,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
“In the end, the team and Simmons agreed he’ll remain out for Game 4.”
World reacts as Simmons saga explodes
Sports Illustrated NBA insider Chris Mannix advised Simmons’ continued absence gained’t be seemed upon favourably by his new teammates.
“Kevin Durant is out there playing 46 minutes. Nets have no depth. And Ben Simmons can’t chip in 10-15 minutes to help his team try to stave off elimination? This can’t be going over well in the locker room,” Mannix tweeted.
Former NFL star Damien Woody tweeted: “This Ben Simmons fiasco is crazy. Like bruh … u have all offseason to deal with whatever u got going on.”
US sportscaster Stephen A Smith unloaded on Simmons. “I feel bad for anyone who is his teammate,” Smith advised ESPN.
“He quit on LSU. He quit on the Philadelphia 76ers and now he ain’t showing up for the Brooklyn Nets.
“We can point to all the excuses, all the rationale behind it that we want to.
“I do recall despite him not playing, he still filed a grievance to collect $20 million (from the 76ers) that he has not earned. This is one of the most pathetic situations that I’ve ever seen in my life.
“He ain’t going to war, he ain’t going in the (UFC) Octagon, he’s not going into the boxing ring. It’s pulling teeth to get this man to play basketball.
“It’s pathetic, it’s sad.”
Ex-NBA participant Darrick Martin was additionally scathing, writing on social media: “@BenSimmons25 has got to be the biggest fraud ever in the NBA. It’s unfortunate he is a part of the NBA players fraternity. He definitely doesn’t love to Hoop.”
NBA legend turned analyst Kendrick Perkins added: “Ben Simmons has officially completed the biggest heist in NBA history. He really sat out an entire season!”
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic mentioned: “It is hard to overemphasise how disastrously this entire Ben Simmons situation has been handled, from Day One of training camp until the end of this season. Just, the entirety of this is a disaster. From sitting out to losing money to the will-he-won’t-he-play? Just horrid.”
Sports author Aaron Torres mentioned: “So glad we’re finally at the point where people are starting to call Ben Simmons out for exactly who he is. Dude quit on one team, and can’t be bothered to even attempt to play for another – all while making $33 million in salary. Biggest waste of talent I’ve ever seen.”
Reggie Miller, who performed within the NBA for practically 20 years, was one other who hit out. “Cmon MAN!!! Out for Game 4 when it was rumoured you were going to make your debut. This dude has ZERO competitive (fire). As small a chance as the Nets have to come back in this series, you still have KD and Kyrie, all you need is to win ONE game and take it from there,” he tweeted.
Celtics crushing star-studded Nets
Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have sparked Boston to the brink of the second spherical whereas the Boston defensive effort has been in a position to shut down Brooklyn stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving at essential occasions within the collection.
Durant had 16 factors and shot the ball simply 11 occasions in Game 3 whereas Irving additionally had 16 factors. Critically, neither of them have been in a position to become involved within the fourth quarter.
The star-studded Nets that have been speculated to be an unstoppable dynasty are actually being swept from the play-offs.
When Brooklyn introduced Irving, Kevin Durant, Griffin and Harden collectively it was speculated to be invincible. Even with Harden traded and Simmons becoming a member of the staff, Brooklyn was anticipated to be a championship contender.
But their season is on the point of imploding — and Simmons gained’t be on the ground to do something about it.
With AFP and Peter Botte, New York Post