Brooklyn Nets Head coach Steve Nash gave out his plan for going about the nets star player Ben Simmons. Ben last played a match against the Atlanta Hawks while still with the Philadelphia 76ers, and his shooting has been a talking point for a long time. Yet, Steve looked quite supportive of Ben Simmons; these are good signs for him.
Steve Nash said, “I don’t need him to shoot it, I’m not asking him to shoot it. If he’s open and he wants to shoot it, I’m not going to yank him out of the game, but that’s not what he does.” Ben showcased some of his worst displays of shooting the last time he played. For that matter, he didn’t even attempt to make a shot.
Steve added, “Ben is an incredible playmaker, he plays point guard, he’s incredible in transition, he’s a good screener, he’s good playing out of the half role or attacking the rim. Those are the things we need from Ben and that’s where he’s special at.” There were reports that Ben Simmons was afraid to shoot. In the last four games of the seven-game series, while playing for the 76ers against the Atlanta Hawks, the three-time All-Star did not attempt a single shot at the basket. He went 2-2 in Game 1, 0-0 in Game 2, and 1-1 in Game 3.
Why was Ben Simmons traded from the 76ers?
The relationship between Simmons and the coaching staff at the 76ers turned sour in 2021, following the Game 7 loss at the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Simmons was benched following a missed layup in game seven, and head coach Doc Rivers told the media he didn’t know if Simmons could be a point guard on a championship team. As a result of the game and continued arguments with the coaching staff, Simmons informed the 76ers owners that he wished to be traded from the team and would not attend the upcoming training camp. Moreover, he did not play in the preseason for the 76ers and began to miss games. At this point, Simmons had four years left on his contract, so the 76ers began withholding over $8 million owed him for the season. After playing for the team for five seasons, Simmons was traded to the Brooklyn Nets by the 76ers in 2022.