It’s been a tricky get started for Ben Simmons in a Brooklyn Nets uniform.
Brooklyn fell to 1-2 at the season Monday evening, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies 134-124, with Simmons fouling out for the second one time within the first 3 video games of the season.
Simmons tried simply 5 photographs from the sector, scoring seven issues whilst including 8 assists and fouling out with 3:52 left within the recreation.
Memphis level guard Ja Morant rolled the ball up the court docket past due within the fourth quarter as he allowed time to run off the clock. After in any case selecting the ball up previous part court docket, Simmons aggressively started taking part in protection, making touch with Morant and was once referred to as for his 6th and ultimate foul of the sport through referee J.T. Orr.
“I simply noticed the play,” Simmons mentioned after the sport, in keeping with ESPN. “It wasn’t a bad. [Orr] referred to as it a bad, made a mistake, it’s what it’s… it is in reality irritating… it isn’t a bad, however it was once bull—. It is irritating as a result of it is past due recreation, fourth quarter, it is a bodily, shut recreation. It is the NBA. It is not school. It is not highschool. Some individuals are going to get hit, some other folks bleed; it is basketball.”
“There was once no reason for that decision,” Simmons mentioned when requested if he won an reason for the foul. “[Orr] did not have anything else to mention. Identical because the technical foul. He mentioned as a result of Ja had a tech, he needed to give me a tech as a result of I mentioned one thing. It wasn’t malicious. It wasn’t on the referee. I believed it was once simply part of basketball. Folks have feelings. I did not cuss at him. I did not name him anything else. I simply mentioned it was once a bull—- name, which it was once, and f—, let me get out of right here. I simply do not need to get fined.”
Kevin Durant, who completed the sport with 37 issues on 14-20 taking pictures from the sector, agreed with Simmons’ evaluation, announcing that he will have to now not had been referred to as for a bad at the play.
“I did not assume that one was once a bad, however it’s what it’s,” Durant mentioned. “Ben’s a veteran on this league, so he trusts himself, we consider him and it is almost about bouncing again subsequent recreation.”
Remaining week, Simmons made his Nets debut, scoring simply 4 issues in 23 mins performed, fouling out early within the fourth quarter towards the New Orleans Pelicans.
Simmons, who sat out the entire 2021-2022 season amid a business request in Philadelphia and again problems in Brooklyn, tried simply 3 photographs and went 0-2 from the free-throw line.
After the outlet recreation loss, Nets teammate Kyrie Irving was once supportive of Simmons, however mentioned he had to play smarter as a way to be to be had later in video games.
“He simply has to get reps and mins,” Irving instructed journalists after the sport. “I believe it’s so simple as that. We instructed him within the locker room he’s a treasured piece for us, and we want him in the market. And fouling out isn’t an possibility. Enjoying competitive is one thing we would like him to do, however we additionally need to play sensible.”
“It’s now not the time to, once more, revert again to previous conduct,” he persevered. “There have been a couple of instances the place we misplaced video games remaining yr and I may simply really feel our spirit simply down. And once we lose video games, clearly there are issues that we need to right kind, however we don’t need to lose this manner. Which is thrashing ourselves up and now not doing the issues that we all know that the sport merits.”
The Nets play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 26.