NBA insider dismisses claims that Ben Simmons left Nets group chat after being asked to play in Game 4 against the Celtics


Last year, Ben Simmons was part of one of the NBA’s greatest stories. After requesting a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason, the former No. 1 pick has stood on the sidelines until his demands are met. It wasn’t until the trade deadline that Daryl Morey repeatedly sent the All-Star to Brooklyn in exchange for James Harden.

After the deal, it was still unclear when Simmons would finally speak. During his build-up process, he suffered a back injury which further delayed his comeback. There were rumors that he might play in the playoffs, but that never happened.

Ric Bucher says after Game 3 against the Celtics last year, Nets players texted Ben Simmons in a group chat asking if he would be ready to play in Game 4According to Bucher, not only Ben Simmons didn’t respond, but he left the chatLMAO what on earth https://t.co/fHIPoBYgQF

During a recent appearance on “The Herd,” FS1’s Ric Bucher reported that Simmons left the Brooklyn Nets group chat after being asked to play the Boston Celtics. Following this news, Shams Charania of The Atheltic said the information was inaccurate as she was a guest on “The Pat McAfee Show”.

“All I’m going to say is that it never happened.”

“Look, it sounds amazing, but it didn’t happen.”

Charania also mentioned that the 6’10 point guard has worked hard this offseason and should be ready for training camp.

“It NEVER happened…it’s an amazing story but it didn’t happen”@ShamsCharania on rumors that Ben Simmons quit the Nets group chat after they asked him to play in Game 4 against the Celtics #PMSLive https://t.co/wzWShQzG9m

Can Ben Simmons make a difference for the Brooklyn Nets this season?

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets
Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets

It’s still unclear what the Brooklyn Nets roster might look like, but Ben Simmons has the potential to make a difference if he can return to full health. Especially if Kevin Durant is still on the list.

When it comes to his style of play, Simmons is in a perfect position to showcase his talents. Not only will he be flanked by two star-level talents, but also an array of knockdown shooters. Allowing him to show off his elite-level IQ in drive-and-kick play.

When James Harden first arrived in Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving was ready to step down as point guard. If he’s willing to do the same for his new running mate, the two should be able to coexist easily. They might even be a good pick-and-roll combo if the former 76ers star is willing to accept a Draymond Green-type role on offense.

In the past, defense has been a key weak spot for the Nets. With a defensive-minded player on the pitch, that’s going to change drastically. Before his collapse in Philadelphia, Simmons was in the conversation for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Besides being one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, he’s also arguably the most versatile.

If the All-Star guard really wants to change the narrative of his career, he’s landed in a great place to do it. Only time will tell how committed he really is to the Nets moving forward.


Edited by Kevin McCormick




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