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Friday, 12 October 2018

Simmons' rare insight to dealing with NBA critics


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Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has given a rare insight into his mindset following an incredibly successful rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons appeared on the HBO TV show The Shop, which is the brainchild of NBA superstar LeBron James, and explained how James impacted his mentality during his rookie year.

"The thing 'Bron told me was, I'm not going to be the player I want to be right now, this season," Simmons said.

"I might not be coming out hitting threes and stuff, but keep chipping away.

"I'm going to get to that point eventually if I keep working towards it."

Despite his stunning debut season with the Sixers, in which he averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game on 54 percent shooting, Simmons' season ended in a struggle, as his 76ers were bundled out of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. 

The Celitics schemed for Simmons' one weakness, his jump shooting, culminating in holding the Australian star to just one point during Game 2 of the series, as his deficiencies were shown on the biggest stage.

However, Simmons showed that he wasn't worried about the comments of fans online following his poor showing in the playoffs.

"I don't need to worry about what people say on the internet. Who are they? Some trolls," Simmons said.

"I know what I'm capable of, even without the jumper and hitting threes or whatever the case is, I'm still the same player.

"It's just going to take time, it's not going to happen overnight."

Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has given a rare insight into his mindset following an incredibly successful rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons appeared on the HBO TV show The Shop, which is the brainchild of NBA superstar LeBron James, and explained how James impacted his mentality during his rookie year.

"The thing 'Bron told me was, I'm not going to be the player I want to be right now, this season," Simmons said.

"I might not be coming out hitting threes and stuff, but keep chipping away.

"I'm going to get to that point eventually if I keep working towards it."

Despite his stunning debut season with the Sixers, in which he averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game on 54 percent shooting, Simmons' season ended in a struggle, as his 76ers were bundled out of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. 

The Celitics schemed for Simmons' one weakness, his jump shooting, culminating in holding the Australian star to just one point during Game 2 of the series, as his deficiencies were shown on the biggest stage.

However, Simmons showed that he wasn't worried about the comments of fans online following his poor showing in the playoffs.

"I don't need to worry about what people say on the internet. Who are they? Some trolls," Simmons said.

"I know what I'm capable of, even without the jumper and hitting threes or whatever the case is, I'm still the same player.

"It's just going to take time, it's not going to happen overnight."

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