Cameras caught Ben Simmons appearing to take a mid-range jumper only for him to completely airball it. Check out full Airball video.
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Simmons was raised in Newcastle from the age of 18 months while his father played and coached in the city.
Simmons began playing basketball at the age of seven in the Newcastle Hunters’ under-12 representative team and played two more years for Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. While in Newcastle, he also played junior rugby league.
At age 10, Simmons returned to Melbourne and began playing junior basketball for the Knox Raiders. Along with basketball, he also played Australian rules football at the junior level.
In year 7, while attending Whitefriars College, Simmons was named MVP after he helped Whitefriars win the Year-7 Division 1A Basketball premiership.
Ben Simmons Airball
It’s been making the rounds since the Nets Practice in the Park on Sunday, a video of Ben Simmons firing up an airball while shooting around (and prior to his winning the Nets’ knockout tournament!)
It was as the video shows a half-hearted toss, but that didn’t stop the spread of the video. ESPN’s NBA Today even did a remarkably balanced five-minute segment on it…
“It finds me all the time,” Simmons joked to ESPN’s Nick Friedell prior to the Nets-Bucks game. “And it doesn’t f—ing stop. Sometimes I’m even sick of it, but then I’m like, ‘OK, I’m Ben Simmons, you know? It comes with being Ben Simmons right now.’
“Even the other day there was a clip of me airballing a shot at the park. Meanwhile, like 10 guys airballed multiple shots. So it’s like people will find one clip and try to make it that everything — like Ben can’t do [this or that]. Like come on man, you think I’m just airballing every shot? It’s not true. But it comes with it, and you got to have tough skin and I realize that, but nah, I can’t take everything personally. It’s social media.”
Simmons was also was philosophical about the situation. Why he feels he deals with so much outrage from fans, Friedell asked.
Air ball video
Ben Simmons continues to make headlines whether he wants to or not.
Simmons was at an open practice earlier this week, when, while walking to midcourt, he nonchalantly turned around and fired off a shot.
The attempt missed the hoop entirely. Unsurprisingly, the internet clipped the video and circulated it around, mocking the Brooklyn Nets guard for his air ball.
He’s become used to the endless online criticism in recent years. The way he sees things, that simply comes with the territory of being Ben Simmons. During an interview with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the Brooklyn Nets guard spoke about the clip:
“The other day, there was a clip of me airballing a shot at the park. Meanwhile, like, 10 guys airballed multiple shots. So, it’s like people will find one clip. … Like, come on, man, you think I’m just airballing every shot? It’s not true.
“But it comes with it, and you got to have tough skin, and I realize that, but, nah, I can’t take everything personally. It’s social media.”
After having nearly as many turnovers as he did assists to start the preseason, Simmons turned things around against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. In 28 minutes, he tallied seven points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. He had two turnovers.
It marked an All-Star caliber performance for a player sorely in need of some good press. However, the talk online focused on the negative.
For a No. 1 draft pick like Ben Simmons who can guard multiple positions on defense while facilitating at an elite level on offense, expectations are high.
Ever since Simmons entered the league, there has been a tremendous amount of pressure on him as a result of his high ceiling. To him, if he wasn’t so talented, people wouldn’t focus on him as much.
With time winding down before the start of the season, Simmons seems to be in a good place mentally. After enduring considerable criticism over the past few years, Simmons views the incessant chirping as somewhat of a “respect thing.”
“Because people know what I can do, what I’m capable of,” Simmons said. “I believe that’s what it is. Like, if I was somebody that wasn’t capable of doing certain things, I don’t think people would be on my ass as much. And I don’t mind it, because it kind of motivates me in a way.”
As the season rapidly approaches, only time will tell whether Simmons will be able to silence the noise and help the Nets win a championship.
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