Doc Rivers Weighs in On Ben Simmons’ Future

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Ben Simmons hasn’t had in all probability the most worthwhile start with the Nets however there might even be one particular person rooting for him – his former 76ers coach Doc Rivers.

Simmons has been producing profession lows throughout factors (7.three), rebounds (6.5) and assists (6.three) and minutes per recreation (27.1) this season.

regardless of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving being traded, Simmons continues to be coming off the bench for Brooklyn and solely scored 4 factors in his workforce’s a hundred and one-ninety eight loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

Following the sport, Rivers said he nonetheless backs the function guard to get hold of some type, regardless of many inside the NBA neighborhood believing his commerce worth has amounted to virtually nothing.

“I always have an affection for the blokes I coach,” Rivers said, by way of Sixers Wire. “It by no means goes away. It doesn’t and that i contemplate he can get again to the place he was with us. particularly, now that he’s gonna have the ball in his palms extra. i really feel that’s what we did that kinda freed him up, however it’s simply gonna take time. Now, what, it’s been a yr and a half? I don’t assume it’ll be in a single day, however he’s working, and that’s all you presumably can do. I hope thought-about one of the best.”

The Nets’ huge Three period of Irving, Durant and Simmons has been labeled by Stephen A. Smith as a end result of the “best failure in NBA historic previous”.

“I say sure,” Smith said on First Take. “It’s not as a end result of they spent three-and-a-half years there and solely obtained one playoff sequence win, it’s as a end result of they made ensures they didn’t preserve, as a end result of dysfunctionality raked by way of that franchise like a virus.”

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