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Nets hold players-only meeting to discuss Ben Simmons’ performance: Sources

Nets hold players-only meeting to discuss Ben Simmons’ performance: Sources

The Brooklyn Nets held a players-only meeting on Oct. 29 to discuss point guard Ben Simmons’ performance this season, according to sources with direct knowledge of the meeting, but who were not authorized to speak about it. say athletic. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The team’s level of anger toward Simmons bubbled to the surface when they met after the loss Indiana Pacers.
  • Experienced forward Markieff Morris Simmons spoke in front of the team about how they need him to succeed and how he needs to respond when faced with adversity on the court.
  • According to sources, Simmons appeared to take Morris’ words in stride and was responsive and attentive throughout.

Backstory

The Nets have dealt with months of turmoil in the organization, including a coaching change and ongoing Off-court controversy with star guard Kyrie Irving That resulted in his indefinite suspension, which has now reached seven games.

On November 1, Brooklyn parted ways with coach Steve Nash after a 2–5 start to the season. The Nets named assistant Jack Vaughn as interim head coach and athletic stated that the franchisee Suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka plans to hire. The reported plan to hire Udoka for Brooklyn drew criticism Boston Celtic sacked the coach in September for the 2022-23 season due to his close relationship with a female member of staff. athletic Report

Nate changes from their initial plan to Udoka and Promoted Vaughn to head coach November 9.

On the court, the Nets struggled to a 6-9 record. Simmons returned from back surgery in May to play early this season but recently missed eight days because of fluid in his left knee.

After starting the season as the starting point guard, Simmons has been in the backup center spot in his last four games. It’s the first time he’s come off the bench in seven NBA seasons. He suffered a late scratch in Sunday’s loss LakersWith the team citing left knee pain as the reason for his absence.

This early season stretch is merely the latest setback in Simmons’ two-year stretch of injuries and health issues.

What is Simmons saying?

In discussion with Dr athleticSimmons acknowledged the criticism he knew was coming his way.

“You’re obviously not going to be happy when somebody gets out,” Simmons said. “But for me, I’ve been working on the knee since the beginning of the season. It’s swollen. I had PRP (injections). I bled a few times. So it’s not a made up thing, you know? It is a real thing.

“I’ve got (skepticism), but I think the one thing with me is that I’m a competitor. I want to win and play. So I’ll do whatever I can to get out of there.”

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