- Ben Simmons hasn’t played in an NBA game in almost an entire year.
- Despite reports that he would be returning for tonight’s Game 4, the point guard has been ruled out.
- Shaq and Charles Barkley ripped the point guard for pulling a “punk move.”
Ben Simmons, a 25-year-old who was once the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft, hasn’t played in an NBA game in almost an entire year. Simmons, who is now a “member” of the Brooklyn Nets, last played in an NBA game when he suited up for the Philadelphia 76ers on June 20, 2021, in a playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Simmons, who had a salary of $30 million last season, took four shots and scored five points to go along with eight rebounds and 13 assists. And that was the last time anyone saw Ben Simmons on an NBA floor.
Heading into tonight’s potentially season-ending Game 4 against the Boston Celtics, reports had long indicated that Simmons was “optimistic” that he would be returning to his profession after a year off, with all signs pointing to him appearing in the game in some capacity. However, on Sunday, news broke that Simmons was suffering from back soreness and would not be playing in Game 4.
Shaq and Charles Barkley rip Ben Simmons for missing Game 4
The news created a visceral reaction in the NBA world as many journalists, personalities, and former players weighed in on Simmons’ latest set-back. And because no NBA news cycle would be complete without it, Shaq and Charles Barkley shared their thoughts on this situation on Sunday night’s Inside the NBA and absolutely ripped Simmons, with Shaq calling it a “punk move.”
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Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the Brooklyn Nets, down 0-3 to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, will look to keep their season alive and force a Game 5 tonight in Brooklyn.