“Kevin O’Connor still has a job?”: Jusuf Nurkic roasts Ringer staff writer after his continued criticism of Ben Simmons for shooting with his left hand instead of right

Arjun Julka
|Published 10/08/2021

Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkić calls out The Ringer’s writer Kevin O’Connor for throwing shots at Ben Simmons.

Simmons has been all over the news lately and mostly for the wrong reasons. The 25-year old has been facing the heat ever since his poor performances in the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

There have been constant reports of a lot of hostility between Simmons and the 76ers management. With reports of the former rookie of the year being untraceable to not reverting teammate Joel Embid’s phone calls. The 3x All-Star is the eye of the storm.

Over the years, Simmons has been severely criticized for his inability to make jump shots. Being a point guard, shooting is one of the most important weapons in a player’s artillery, especially in the current era.

Simmons had a disappointing run in the 2021 playoffs, despite the 76ers being the top seed in the eastern conference.

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Recently, a video of Simmons shooting a couple of 3-pointers surfaced on social media. The video didn’t seem to impress author Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer, who was seen tweeting some unpleasant comments about the 76ers star.

Jusuf Nurkić blasts Kevin O’Connor for his unsavory comments on Ben Simmons

The sins of the 2021 playoffs continue to haunt Simmons. The Aussie had a terrible post-season, especially when it came to shooting the ball.

The former 1st pick in the 2016 draft shot a dismal 34.2% from the free-throw line and only attempted a single 3-point shot. Simmons’ poor shooting was heavily exploited during the playoffs, with the term Hack-a-Simmons being coined.

Recently, Simmons was seen practicing some 3-point shooting at a gym. The video has Simmons syncing some 3-pointers along with veteran point guard Rajan Rondo. However, the video had some not-so-kind words from the writer at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor.

O’Connor’s comment didn’t go down too well with Blazers center Jusuf Nurkić, who took up for Simmons responding to the tweets. Simmons and Nurkić both happen to be clients of the popular sports agency Klutch Sports.

Also read: “Ben Simmons is more worried about a drink in his hand than dribbling a ball”: NBA Insider reveals the 76ers star is ready to move to the Warriors or any other California team

The Ringer author seems to have clearly crossed the line this time with his tweet as criticizing a player’s game is one thing but poking fun at someone is clearly out of line. O’Connor seemed to have adopted the herd mentality of hating on the 76ers point guard.

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Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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