Old Ben Simmons tweet resurfaces after another one of his teams is swept

Joshua Rogers April 27, 2022
Old Ben Simmons tweet resurfaces after another one of his teams is swept
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One of Ben Simmons’ old tweets from his time in Philadelphia has resurfaced following the Brooklyn Nets getting swept by the Celtics.

The Brooklyn Nets’ season ended in typically dramatic fashion recently after they were swept 4-0 by the Boston Celtics in their first-round playoff series.

Ben Simmons was unable to help his new team, and has not played at all this season. The All-Star guard/forward has faced intense criticism from the world’s media, and now one of Ben Simmons’ old tweets has resurfaced.

The Australian was unable to play for the Nets

The Nets getting swept by the Celtics was a pretty embarrassing result, especially given the fact Brooklyn was the prohibitive title favorite at the beginning of the season.

The franchise hoped Ben Simmons was able to suit up at some point in the series after not playing all season due to a back injury. However, Simmons woke up with back soreness before the game and was ruled out of Game 4 which was reportedly met “with surprise and disappointment” among the organization.

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Old Ben Simmons tweet resurfaces after loss

Simmons was forced to watch his teammates get swept from afar, with no chance of being able to help. This isn’t the first time this has happened either.

In 2020, Ben’s 76ers team were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Simmons sat out the playoffs due to a knee injury, and after going 4-0 down he posted to social media.

In light of recent events, Ben Simmons’ tweet from the time has resurfaced, and there’s a sense of déjà vu. He wrote: ‘Watching my team get swept hurt, and I don’t ever want to feel that way again.’

Unfortunately for Ben, the exact same thing happened this year, although who knows if he feels as hurt this time around.

Stephen A. Smith and Kendrick Perkins have been hugely critical of Ben in recent days

On Monday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith addressed Simmons’ inability to suit up for the Brooklyn Nets.

“Ben Simmons might also be the weakest, most pathetic excuse for a professional athlete we have ever seen in, not just American history, but the history of sports,” Smith said on the show. “I can’t think of a professional athlete that has come across more pathetic than this man.”

Later, Kendrick Perkins used a rather colourful analogy comparing Ben Simmons to ‘a pretty girl who smoke cigarettes.’

Both Simmons and the Nets now need to plan for next year. As head coach Steve Nash said (via Marca): “As far as an organization we’re really pushing to support Ben in any way we can and to help him improve physically and get back on the court and the mental side of that is part and parcel.”

Unfortunately, Simmons will now have an even bigger target on his back given the way things played out for the Nets.

Do you think Ben Simmons should have made the effort to play in Game 4? Or was he right to sit it out? Let us know in the comments!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.