Ben Simmons is recovering from back surgery and also has a touch of disgust.
The Nets star liked it a tweet from Skip Bayless on Thursday night, in which the host of “Undisputed” criticized Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard James Harden for his poor performance in an elimination game against the Miami Heat.
“James Harden was generally a no-show in the second half of this closing game,” Bayless wrote. “Now he is more than anything another Jim Harden. Ben Simmons will eventually make this trade look so dumb for Philly.”
Harden, who worked his way out of Brooklyn in a multiplayer deal that sent Simmons to the Nets, shot just 4-for-9 from the field in the Game 6 loss and didn’t score on any of his second-half shots. It was the last bad performance from the high-scoring superstar, who was supposed to be the anti-Simmons and help the Sixers win a title.
Simmons’ hesitation on the shot, particularly in last season’s playoffs, was the beginning of his downfall in Philadelphia, leading to an offseason filled with media criticism after Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers knocked out the point guard after the 76ers’ elimination against the Hawks a year ago. The Australian star, best known for his defending and playmaking skills, did not suit up during the 2021-22 season, citing back and mental health issues.
The 25-year-old attempted to play in Game 4 of the Nets’ first-round sweep at the hands of the Celtics, but opted for surgery to repair a herniated L-4 disc. The Nets boss expects him to be a consistent contributor next season.
“Regarding Ben’s post-surgery, I don’t want to speak for him, but I can feel a relief,” Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said earlier this month. “There is a new opportunity in life, when you are able to take a problem and say that it should be fixed and get it out of here and now it is in the rest.”