Reggie Miller, social media blast Ben Simmons for missing Game 4 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Probably best for Ben Simmons to avoid social media for the next few days.
The tweets weren’t very supportive, to put it mildly, after it was announced that Simmons do not will make his expected season debut in Game 4 of the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, a potential elimination game with the Nets trailing 3-0. Acquired by the Nets in a trade deal with James Harden, Simmons missed the entire season due to mental health issues and a herniated disc in his back.
It was reported on Friday that barring a setback, Simmons intended to play in Game 4, which would have been his first game as a Net and his first time since Game 7 of the 2021 Semi-Finals when he was member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Then came the setback.
Simmons reported a return of back pain on Sunday and was ruled out, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
This news was not well received on Twitter, particularly by NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who tweeted that Simmons had no competitive fire.
“It’s one of the most pathetic situations I’ve ever seen in my life,” Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN. “He’s not going to war. He’s not going to the octagon. He’s not going to the boxing ring. It’s pulling teeth to get this man to play basketball. It’s pathetic. is sad.”
Other members of the media didn’t hold back either…
Here are some other notable tweets from Simmons…