If you’re tired of hearing about Ben Simmons’ situation, you can only imagine what the stakeholders at Nets might feel.
NBA insider Brian Windhorst, who spoke on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday, said Simmons is not a “sympathetic character” because of the choices he has made this season, and explained the Nets’ fatigue with his decision about sitting out in match 4 with what he has attributed back pain reappears.
“Your immediate reaction is that he just does not want to play in a series that is 3-0. I have to be honest with you – that was it. mine first reaction, ”Windhorst said.
“When I talked to those involved, they got annoyed. They said he woke up, his back hurt and he was not able to play. There was not much more to say. They are basically waving the white flag. on this. It is extraordinarily disappointing. “
He said the Nets “clung to” the optimism that Simmons could be a difference after the first two games in Boston were so close and that Simmons himself had been very positive about the idea of playing the previous 5- 6 days.
“Getting it torn away – extremely outrageous,” Windhorst said.
The segment had begun with a clip of Stephen A. Smith speaking at ESPN’s NBA playoff study show from this weekend, saying the rules would be changed in the next collective bargaining agreement based on what we’ve seen from Simmons and his Nets teammate Kyrie Irving this season in terms of the game – or not the game.
Smith continued to harp on Simmons in Monday’s edition of “First Take,” saying that he “is perhaps also the weakest, most pathetic excuse for a professional athlete we’ve ever seen in not just American history, but in the history of the sport.”
Unless the Nets get a miraculous comeback from down 3-0 against the Celtics, we will be treated to a long mid-season with comments on how they wasted their significant talent and what, if anything, they can do to rebuild for next year.