Ben Simmons starred with JJ Redick for two seasons as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and the two got back together in the most recent episode of JJ Redick The podcast “The Old Man and the Three”.. The two reminisced about their time together in Philadelphia, his feelings about being told he can’t film, his thoughts after his move to the Brooklyn Nets and what to expect from them next season.
The Nets will unite and see the debut of their core of Simmons, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the upcoming 2022-23 NBA season. After battling injuries, Simmons will make his debut in a Nets uniform.
Redick noted that he always thought Simmons would be an ideal fit for the Nets teams, especially with their elite shooters and how he can create for them. Simmons spoke about the exciting potential the Nets have while comparing it to the Sixers teams of him and Redick, but on steroids.
“I think just like the talent we have and the kind of players we have. We’ll be able to walk the floor easily. You know Claxton can run it and moves incredibly well, Kev, Patty, Kai, Joe, we just got Royce, another great three-and-D guy. I’m missing people, but I think this team is a great fit for what I’m doing and what I’m bringing to the game right now. I feel like Philly on steroids,” Simmons said. “It’s exciting to know that I’ll be playing with these guys and know their games. For example, I don’t have to guard Kai and Kevin?”
Simmons was relieved that he no longer has to prepare to guard Durant or Irving defensively, sharing that the two were a tough defensive matchup.
Simmons went on to say that Kevin Durant is not to be guarded and that “no one is guarding Kevin or Kai.”
The podcast was an excellent opportunity for Simmons, who doesn’t make many media appearances, to discuss the criticism he’s getting and clear up some rumors, and one of the rumors he had to deny was that he hadn’t actually left the Nets -Group chat before their playoff game against the Boston Celtics.
“I have been assured that this is correct, despite another report saying it never happened,” Bucher said loudly via HoopsHype. “And that’s as far as I’ll go with it. I will not knock down. Ben Simmons was in a group chat with some players from the other team. And then they asked Ben to play in the fourth game. And not only didn’t he answer, he also ended the chat. Well, as I said, there is another reporter out there claiming that the event never happened. I’m well aware that this reporter has, shall we say, a personal interest in painting things a certain way. And again, I’ll leave it at that his comments caused me to go back and double check my source. And this source insists it actually happened, explaining why someone could report it in other ways. So I’m sticking with it.”