Ben Simmons‘ consistency this season hasn’t been that of an All-Star player with the 26-year-old missing games and being on minute restrictions while he has suited up.
Some within the Nets organization are questioning Simmons’ love for the game and there’s some frustration brewing in Brooklyn.
Simmons came to the Nets via the James Harden deal last season after sitting out the first half of the season while under contract with the Sixers. He ended up not playing in a single game for Brooklyn after the trade and this season, he’s missed five of 15 games for the Nets, averaging a career-low 26.6 minutes in the contests he’s suiting up in.
“It takes time to build up,” Simmons told reporters. “Especially with a nerve injury, it takes 18 months for your nerve to fully heal, and people don’t know that, but over time I get better and better. Just keep pushing.”
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