“I Don’t Even Consider Ben Simmons”: Despite Vowing to Salvage His Career, Nets’ 6’10 All-Star Guard Is Still Invisible to Brian Windhorst

Published 09/26/2023, 2:28 AM EDT

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The NBA has always differentiated winners from losers based on one’s desire to make a comeback and stay in the game. Ben Simmons vowed to do the same next season onwards as the 6’10 guard aimed to salvage his career. Amidst the hype, Brian Windhorst ruled out the chances of a comeback for the Brooklyn Nets All-Star recently.

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The NBA personality considered him invisible despite his remarks and goals. As the new season fast approached, Windhorst’s comments stirred more controversy surrounding the state.

What did Brian Windhorst say about Ben Simmons?

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In a month-old interview with Marc J. Spears of Andscape, Simmons candidly shared his mindset and struggles. As eyed a resurgence during the upcoming campaign, he mentioned, “I feel I’m at 100% now”. The Australian expressed his desire to “come back and dominate people,” as the surrounding anticipation escalated rapidly.

Despite these bold statements from the 6’10 guard, Brian thought nothing of it. While discussing the Nets, the sportswriter disregarded any contribution from Ben even in the upcoming season. “I don’t even consider Ben Simmons,” he pointed out in the latest episode of The Hoop Collective.

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Windhorst added, “I don’t even know,” while trying to make sense out of the 3-time All-Star’s presence in the roster. He entirely crossed out Simmon’s importance in the squad as he stood firm on his belief. The 45-year-old highlighted, “You are not gonna be able to trade him,” hinting at the potential miscalculation from Brooklyn. Despite the harshness, it was not the first time Brian went after Ben, as the duo shared the dynamic previously, too.

A brief history of the series of criticism

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The analyst has been taking shots at the former Rookie of the Year for quite some time now. His bitterness became more apparent since the 2016 1st overall pick’s move to New York City. Brian went a bit out of his way to even call his deal “one of the worst 3 contracts in the NBA” in the past.

His trade move particularly frustrated Windhorst, as his offering to the Nets is little to none. Thus, a constant mockery from the writer’s side has become expected at this stage of the journey. Amidst the criticism, Ben has maintained silence but has not been able to back himself up on the court. The fans’ disappointment towards him stems from his lack of aggression, which he also needs to work on.

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Thus, ahead of the start of a new campaign, once a defensive engine now finds himself in a critical phase of his career. No one in the NBA is truly counting on him as his actions have turned him into a laughingstock. With his heart seems to still be in the right place, the time has come for him to push the rock up the hill.

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Sourav Bose

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Sourav is a detail-oriented NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. His passion for the game of basketball was ignited by none other than the captivating duo of Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr. As he delved into the illustrious history of the NBA, his fascination grew exponentially.
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Sameen Nawathe

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