When Ben Simmons finally got out of the Philadelphia 76ers, fans expected to see the talented superstar finally make his season debut, albeit in a Brooklyn Nets jersey. Unfortunately, Ben's long-awaited debut never happened and now it's too late.
The Brooklyn Nets were swept by Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in Round 1 of the playoffs. While the Nets still had the formidable duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving available, the two superstars played like shells of themselves in the series.
As a result, the Nets were missing Simmons even more, and for a while, the 25-year-old was expected to make his debut in Game 4, but once again backed out. That's when things went past the boiling point for most fans and analysts.
Since then, the majority has been incredibly critical of the former 76ers star. But there are some who are still rooting for Ben Simmons to make a comeback. NBA legend Allen Iverson recently revealed that he is still rooting for Ben and hopes that he makes a comeback.
Now renowned NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe has given his two cents on the situation that Simmons is stuck in as of now. Sharpe said:
"We create our demons, we have to chase them away. At some point in time, you cannot outrun your problems because all it does is make you tired when they finally catch up to you. But what Ben has heard is 'He's soft, oh he punk move, he chickening out.' And he started to believe that. ... Ben is starting to answer to the softness, the punkness, all the things. If that's not what you are, what you call me doesn't bother me. But that's the mind. Ben can do this. I feel bad for him because I know what it's like to be a prisoner in your own body."
This is arguably something that Ben needs to hear at the moment. It is understandable that the fans are fed up with his unwillingness to play, but at the same time, maybe everyone has been a bit too harsh with their words.
Hopefully, Ben can get past this mental block that he is suffering right now and get back to playing basketball at an elite level, and help the Nets have a great season next time around.