“I Don’t Respect Him”: Shaquille O’Neal calls Ben Simmons ‘CRYBABY’ 

Shaq pointed out he was criticized by guys in the media over the course of his legendary career, but he didn't let it get to him, and it motivated him to get better.

Shaquille O'Neal and Ben Simmons
Shaquille O'Neal and Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons has not been a part of the Philadelphia 76ers since the beginning of the 2021-22 season. With Doc Rivers’ team struggling to make an impact on numerous occasions, the Australian playmaker and potential DPOY candidate (if he was playing) has been criticized by many for his resilient and constant denial to not perform for the team. The latest to add to the list is none other than, Shaquille O’Neal. 

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal

Recently on ‘Inside the NBA’ Shaquille O’Neal went onto talk about Philadelphia 76ers’ main-man Shaquille O’Neal and compared the two teammates.  

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What was opinionated by Shaquille O’Neal on Ben Simmons? 

“The difference between [Embiid] and his soft partner is he can take criticism without being a crybaby and he still wants to play,” O’Neal said. “The other guy I don’t respect. And I’ve been thinking about it. You’re missing the whole season because they asked your coach a question – can we win without you?” 

“And your coach gave a funny answer. That should tell you, in the summertime, you need to work on your game.” 

Ben Simmons fined by Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons

To those who are not aware, Shaquille O’Neal is referring to a moment wherein coach Rivers was asked, if Ben Simmons could be a Point Guard in a championship caliber team. To which he responded by stating, “I really don’t know the answer to that right now.” 

Diesel then went onto compare how he was criticized during his days in the NBA as well but in turn, he managed to channelize those harsh words into delivering much-more impactful performances on the court. In the end, Shaq was frustrated with Simmons and revealed that since he has no played game for Philly in the entire 2021-22 season, he has lost respect for the Australian playmaker. 

“You don’t think I haven’t been criticized by you guys and Stephen A. [Smith] and haven’t been criticized by LA media and New York media?” the Diesel concluded. “Great players get criticized but the great players also step up to the criticism and perform.”

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