“Ben Simmons sat out an entire season cuz Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers hurt his feelings”: NBA Twitter roasts former Sixers guard as he is listed ‘out’ in Nets’ injury report for Game 4

Akash Murty
|Published April 25, 2022

Ben Simmons is still not ready to get back into the action after almost a year away from basketball when his team needs him the most.

The Brooklyn Nets are likely going to crash out of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. And so, Ben Simmons would officially have 0 games played in the entire 2021-22 season.

For Game 4 at the Barclays Center, the Nets listed the number 1 draft pick of 2016 as “out” on the injury report. They have their biggest game of the year on Monday, which will have their season on the line, as they are 0-3 in the series as of now.

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The Celtics meanwhile after Sunday’s 109-103 victory on the road are oozing with confidence. With nobody out injured and having their All-Defensive First Team caliber 6’9 player – Robert Williams III back in the line-up, they’d be waiting for the series to get it done with.

Nets meanwhile will not have their 6’11, 2x All-Defensive First Team point guard to help them win this crucial game citing “back pain” which has earned him league-wide criticism from players and media members.

“Ben Simmons really sat out an entire season because Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers hurt his feelings”: NBA Twitter roasts former Sixers guard

It all started with the open criticism of his one particular play in the Game 7 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Semi-finals, at the hands of Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers.

The top-seeded Sixers team got eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks due to some of their late-game blunders. Embiid while taking some blame himself criticized both Simmons and Matisse Thybulle for their fault. So did their Head Coach. NBA Twitter thinks he is still sour about that or they are sarcastic.

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Simmons took so much offense to that “public” criticism, that he decided to sit out the 2021-22 season unless the Sixers trade him while citing mental health issues. And now that he has got what he wanted, he’s not making himself available is just creating doubt in everyone’s mind that he even wants to play basketball or not.

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That might remain a mystery until the next season starts or Kevin Durant and Co pull off some unimaginable comeback and win 4-straight games on the trot.

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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