Ben Simmons Opens Up About The 76ers Holdout, His Shooting Struggles, The Hawks Series & More
-What JJ and and Tommy have been up to since the break.
-The chemistry that Ben and JJ developed as teammates.
-Ben's often overlooked skills on the defensive end and his passing.
-The shooting narrative surrounding Ben in The NBA.
-Falling in love with basketball at an early age.
-His time at LSU.
-Dealing with negativity from media and fans online.
-The story of someone taking video and heckling him in a candy store.
-His mental health struggles over the last few years.
-Why he held out on The Philadelphia 76ers.
-Doc Rivers kicking him out of practice.
-His last playoff series in Philadelphia against The Atlanta Hawks.
-A detailed explanation as to why he passed up the wide open dunk on Trae Young.
-What he's looking forward to most about playing with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and The Brooklyn Nets.
-And so much more.
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All Comments (21)
5:12 INTERVIEW STARTS
19:50 PLAYIN WIT BEN
22:55 NOT RESPONDING TO CRITICS
23:50 GOIN VIRAL FOR SHOOTIN 3'S IN VEGAS
25:00 SHOOTIN 3'S FOR NETS
25:30 PLAYIN IN PHILLY
27:00 THE PROCESS
29:00 RAPTORS SERIES
32:25 FALLIN IN LOVE W/ BASKETBALL
34:00 LSU/COLLEGE TALK
36:00 DRAFT NIGHT
37:40 ROOKIE YEAR
38:40 '22 #1 PICK INJURY
39:40 ROOKIE YEAR BEEF W/ MITCHELL
41:50 BREAK FROM NBA
42:45 FITTING IN WITH NETS
44:55 BEING TRADED
45:40 LEAVING GROUP TEXT
46:25 BACK INJURY
51:55 BEING PRANKED AT CANDY STORE
53:55 KEEPING INJURIES SECRET
57:20 HAWKS SERIES / MENTAL HEALTH
1:00:30 SIXERS PRACTICE / FEUD
1:04:40 HAWKS SERIES NOT TAKIN DUNK/SHOT
1:06:00 LOOKING BACK
This interview alone shows JJ’s ability to not only build long lasting relationships but also bring out the human side of these players. It’s so much easier to ask the difficult questions when theirs mutual respect.
JJ is the perfect example of never burn bridges and always be a good teammate as well as a good person.
This was an awesome and much needed talk with Ben Simmons. It is nice to have him able to speak his side of the story, clear up some total bs that got mixed in with whatever else happened. He seems like such a refreshing nice person. Someone who deserves a fresh start. That said, I think he will be great on the Nets, it is the best team he could have landed on. I'm really looking forward to seeing their games!
Seeing Simmons side of the story clears a lot of things up
Shout out to JJ for being a good teammate on and off the court
I wish him the best with Brooklyn
I’m a sixers fan , and I really hope Ben get back to being his old self if not better basketball wise . I always felt he didn’t deserve to be dragged the way he was
Can't believe we're finally gonna hear Simmons' side of the story
I thoroughly enjoyed this entire interview. Ben doesn't seem to be the bad guy the media and fans made him out to be all this time, people just don't like to wait to hear the other sides of stories. Wish him all the best in his NBA return.
Thank you JJ. I don't think Ben would have gave this interview to anybody else. You brought the best out in him you made him feel comfortable you were an ultimate professional. It's nice to see him with a little bit of confidence and smiling again I can't wait to see what kind of season he has
Can't believe that he experienced all that personal matter while also dealing with so much hate because of basketball, Can't wait to see him play and I'm so excited for him!
This was a great interview. I'm glad Ben was given a safe platform to tell his side of the story. JJ, your platform and podcast is much needed. Rooting for Ben to have a great season!
I'm so excited to see what Ben and the Brooklyn Nets can do this season. All that pain for Ben is going to lead to something promising, trust and believe that.
This appearance from Ben was great, all we get as fans is the filtered crap from the mainstream media agendas and the on court moments. To get a genuine, real look at who these NBA players really are is awesome! Changed some opinions of mine about Ben!
I loved this! Been rooting for him and defending him heavily! Generational talent! Glad he spoke out and is in a better space.
Great interview, glad to see Ben in a great headspace. Can't wait to see him back on the court.
Thank you for humanizing players JJ🙏🏾
Only JJ can bring the best of everyone huge shoutout to him for making Ben feel open and safe
Really hoping for Ben to have a sick comeback season. He’s the perfect piece on the nets and what they needed most
Jj Redick is ELITE. He got to the bottom of it without aggressively prying. Salute to good humans beings. Real is rare. Loved this episode jj.