Ben Simmons' Passion For Basketball Questioned By Nets Teammates

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Ben Simmons is receiving criticism behind the scenes in Brooklyn.

Ben Simmons has been incessantly criticized over the last year for not playing up to standard. He didn't play any games last season, and his first few matches with the Brooklyn Nets have been bad. In fact, his first double-digit point game was last night, which is atrocious.

Simmons is still trying to get back in the swing of things, but there is no doubt that people are impatient for him to perform. He is someone who should be playing at the top of his game, especially since he is so young. Simmons is built to be a star, and he is squandering his opportunity.

Kevin Durant #7 and Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets sit on the bench during the closing minutes of the game against Los Angeles Lakers during the game at Arena on November 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Nets lost, 116-103. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Ben Simmons Questioned

With the Brooklyn Nets getting off to a slow start, many throughout the Nets organization are starting to question whether Ben Simmons has a place on the team. This news comes from Shams Charania, who offered some troubling insights in his recent piece.

Essentially, there are some players around the Nets who feel like Simmons is not taking the game seriously. The sense is that Simmons is not available enough, and that he doesn't appear to have any passion for the game. These are some scathing criticisms, however, it should be noted that the sources are anonymous here.

Simmons' passion for the game of basketball has been questioned on numerous occasions in the past. His lack of effort over the past couple of seasons has been obvious to those watching, and it seems like the Nets have caught on. Whether or not this is all being exaggerated, still remains to be seen.

The Nets star still has a chance to change the narrative around him. Of course, this is going to take a lot of hard work and trust. He needs to start scoring more, and he needs to show that he cares. Otherwise, Simmons could have one of the most disappointing NBA careers in recent memory.

Let us know what you think of the Simmons situation, in the comments down below.


About The Author
Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.