The Brooklyn Nets held a players-only meeting on Oct. 29 to discuss level guard Ben Simmons’ efficiency this season, sources with direct information of these conferences, however who’re unauthorized to talk about it, inform The Athletic. Here’s what you want to know:
- The crew’s stage of exasperation in the direction of Simmons bubbled to the floor once they met after a loss to the Indiana Pacers.
- Veteran ahead Markieff Morris spoke in entrance of the crew about how they want Simmons to succeed and that he has to reply when he offers with adversity on the court docket.
- Simmons appeared to take Morris’ phrases in stride and was responsive and attentive all through, sources stated.
The Nets have handled months of turmoil within the group, together with a training change and a nonetheless ongoing off-court controversy with star guard Kyrie Irving that resulted in his indefinite suspension, which has now reached seven video games.
On Nov. 1, Brooklyn parted methods with coach Steve Nash after a 2-5 begin to the season. The Nets named assistant Jacque Vaughn as interim head coach, and The Athletic reported that the franchise deliberate to rent suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka. The reported plan for Brooklyn to rent Udoka drew criticism as a result of Boston suspended the coach in September for the 2022-23 season due to his intimate relationship with a feminine member of the Celtics group, The Athletic reported.
The Nets modified course from their preliminary plan to rent Udoka and promoted Vaughn to head coach on Nov. 9.
On the court docket, the Nets have struggled to a 6-9 document. Simmons made his return from again surgical procedure in May to play within the early a part of this season however not too long ago missed eight days to have his left knee drained due to fluid.
After beginning the season as the start line guard, Simmons has been within the backup middle spot in his final 4 video games. It marks the primary time he has come off the bench in his seven NBA seasons. He was a late scratch in Sunday’s loss to the Lakers, with the crew citing left knee soreness as the rationale for his absence.
This early season stretch has been merely the most recent setback in two years of accidents and well being issues for Simmons.
What Simmons is saying
In a dialogue with The AthleticSimmons acknowledged the criticism that he is aware of is coming his manner.
“You’re clearly not gonna be comfortable when anyone’s out,” Simmons stated. “But for me, I’ve been coping with the knee because the starting of the season. It’s been swollen. I had PRP (injections). I had blood drained a few occasions. So it isn’t a made up factor, you realize? It’s an actual factor.
“I get (the skepticism), however I feel the one factor with me is that I’m a competitor. I need to win and play. So I’m gonna do what I can to get on the market.”
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