“Now I See Why KD Wants Out”: NBA Fans Slam Nets Star Ben Simmons for Firing Warning Shot After Win vs Blazers

Published 11/18/2022, 11:35 PM EST
Oct 24, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) react after Simmons fouled out during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons has been a player whose every move has been put under the microscope recently. The Brooklyn Nets star would have likely hoped not to be dissected so much by the NBA world. But with a recent good performance from Simmons, he acknowledged his improvement and his team’s support.

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During the game between the Nets and the Portland Trail Blazers, Ben Simmons scored 15 points and registered 13 rebounds. Simmons was visibly proud of his performance. He told reporters after, “I am coming. I am getting there, man”.

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However, fans slammed Simmons for his contentment with his score. Some users were unimpressed with his apparent warning shot. Many others pointed out the double entendre of his statement.

Here are some of the reactions from NBA Twitter:

Many fans were referring to Kevin Durant and his demand to be traded during the off-season. In his own words, KD said he had requested a trade because he didn’t like the team’s preparation. He wanted more practice and the absence of such from the franchise compelled him to take that stance. He also admitted that no other player was on the same page as him.

The Nets are happy and hopeful for Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons has seemingly impressed both KD and head coach, Jacque Vaughn. Both of them lauded the player for playing well. Durant described Simmons’ game as “incredible” and complimented his rhythm. Vaughn said this was what the team had “envisioned” for him. He added that the guard’s play has been “very encouraging”.

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Nov 15, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) looks towards the team bench after a play against the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to this, Simmons had missed five games owing to a left ankle sprain. Simmons confessed that the injuries have indeed been setbacks, but it has been a part of his journey. He said that he has been doing whatever possible to get back to the game. “The one thing with me is that I am a competitor. I want to win and play. So I’m gonna do what I can to get out there,” he added.

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Kyrie Irving is reportedly set for his return on Sunday following his suspension. With the energetic Kevin Durant, a well-rested Kyrie Irving, and a renewed Ben Simmons, the Brooklyn Nets could be about to turn a corner in their season. Fans will certainly hope that is the case.

Do you think the Brooklyn Nets are about to go on a run in the league? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rekha Joly

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Rekha Joly is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She earned a triple major in English, Journalism, and Psychology from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore.

Edited By: Veer Badani

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