Are Nets leaders frustrated with Ben Simmons?

Ben Simmons has not crossed the symbolic bar of ten registered since… May 14, 2021. It was in the fourth game of this famous series against the Hawks, the starting point of the long imbroglio between them and the Sixers, which ended in his moving to Brooklyn.

In this night’s disaster in Sacramento, the Australian scored 11 points (5/7 on shots) complemented by 5 rebounds and 3 assists. We probably wouldn’t be thinking about this kind of performance, coming from a player who still averaged 17 points four years ago, if he hadn’t experienced health concerns in recent months.

It takes time to develop, especially with a nerve injury. It takes 18 months for the roots to heal completely. People don’t know that. But as time went by, I got better. We have to keep moving forward “, the 26-year-old player is positive, referring to his back operation.

Do the Nets, desperate for stability and results, have enough “season” ahead of them? According to The Athletic, frustration with him has been building for the past few weeks.

The staff would have questioned his availability, his level, even his passion for the game. For example, he slipped late in the game during Sunday’s loss to the Lakers, forcing the team to claim the left knee to justify his loss.

He doesn’t want nonsense

I love this sport, I love this sport. do i want all the nonsense surrounding it? Nope. But I love sports and that’s it. Many things come with this position “, recalled Joel Embiid’s former teammate. This one claims to know a pressure ” consistent and understand that his situation, made of “ good and bad days can generate doubt. ” But when does it peak? There must be a moment when you say ‘shit!’ »

To those who doubted him, he had more to say about his back problems: “ I can’t do much (in understanding). (People) I wasn’t there when I couldn’t walk. They weren’t there when I was in the ambulance to be taken to the hospital (after the February 2020 game in Milwaukee). People aren’t there, so they don’t know. It was my first game, against Milwaukee, the beginning of my back problems. »

This healing that is not finished – the leader says ” saturated treatment including for his painful knee – will this prevent him from recovering his level? Currently 12th in the East with just 6 wins in 15 games, the Nets, still without Kyrie Irving, will want to know the answer soon…

always replaced

The good news is that he would have reacted well to the crisis meeting at the end of October. Expected in this role, Markieff Morris would have spoken in front of all his teammates to evoke the need for the team that the Australian answers and he knows how to respond to adversity on the ground. Tonight in Sacramento, for example, we saw him attack the transition circle more openly. A sign of aggressiveness in the process of self-reaffirmation?

One thing is for sure, the Nets seem to be doing everything they can to help him thrive on this team. “ The main thing is that the group still has faith in him – which they do – and put him in a position to succeed. […] Offensively, I’m going to try and do whatever it takes to get him in position, whether it’s based on what five I put him on the court, when he comes in… To try and get him comfortable as a player. This is my challenge », shows Jacque Vaughn.

So far, this challenge has been fulfilled through a status of simple substitution. Steve Nash’s successor knows the Australian, who was used for 20 minutes overnight, wants to play more. ” But I told him, with me, (priority) is always what is best for the group coach finished.

Ben Simmons Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early p.d party Int bp CT Points
2017-18 The PHL 81 34 54.5 0.0 56.0 1.8 6.4 8.1 8.2 2.6 1.7 3.4 0.9 15.8
2018-19 The PHL 79 34 56.3 0.0 60.0 2.2 6.7 8.8 7.7 2.7 1.4 3.5 0.8 16.9
2019-20 The PHL 57 35 58.0 28.6 62.1 2.0 5.8 7.8 8.0 3.3 2.1 3.5 0.6 16.4
2020-21 The PHL 58 32 55.7 30.0 61.3 1.6 5.6 7.2 6.9 3.0 1.6 3.0 0.6 14.3
2022-23 BRK 9 27 44.4 0.0 46.7 1.1 5.1 6.2 5.9 4.1 1.1 2.2 0.6 5.2
Total 284 34 55.8 14.3 59.6 1.9 6.1 8.0 7.7 2.9 1.7 3.3 0.7 15.6

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