Shaquille O’Neal made no bones of the fact that Ben Simmons has been showing a terrible work ethic in his Sixers trade saga so far.
Simmons is set to make all the headlines for the remainder of the 2021 NBA offseason after putting in an ultimatum with the Sixers’ FO – trade me, because I’m not reporting to training camp.
According to various reliable sources, such a move would cost Ben nearly a quarter of a million dollars for every missed day of training. A hit like that is significant for every person on the planet.
But the reporting thus far seems to be that Ben isn’t going to care about the financial hit. Especially if it helps him end up elsewhere – any team other than the Sixers.
Shaquille O’Neal has sobering advice for Ben Simmons to pull his socks up
The LSU legend and Hall of Famer waded right into what he thinks is wrong with Ben on his podcast recently:
“Ben Simmons, you’re not that good. And in this league, you gotta be great, not good. You’re pretty good, but pretty good is not great. You’ve been pretty good at LSU, pretty good in high school, pretty good here.”
“But if you wanna get to that next level, you have to be great. And to be great, you have to work on your game. Don’t be putting pictures on your Instagram in your Ferrari or what actress you’re hanging around with.”
“When you’re playing for towns like Philadelphia, Boston, LA, Miami – hard working towns? They don’t give a f**k about none of that. They want you to come, work hard, play hard.”
“I was at that game 6 when that man didn’t even look at the basket – I was there. And I know, as a player – first thing you do is you look in their eyes. And he looked terrified. Not terrified of playing, but terrified of getting fouled and missing free throws.”
“And this is the same thing that I told Giannis last summer. Forget what happens – you’re gonna make it, you’re gonna miss it, or you airball. But you dominate. Some of the times, free throws don’t even matter.”
“When you get paid $200, 300 million, you have a responsibility to develop your game.”