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Ben Simmons bared his soul like never before after 15 months in the NBA wilderness.

The Aussie star addressed all of his most controversial episodes in a new podcast appearance released on Friday morning (AEST).

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Simmons was a guest of former 76ers teammate JJ Redick The old man and the three podcast and revealed how criticism has affected him over the course of his career.

Simmons fought a very public battle with mental health in recent years after leaving Philadelphia and reached an agreement over his former team’s refusal to pay his $20million salary, despite the fact that the 26-year-old years insisted he was unable to play for mental health. the reasons.

Simmons has now revealed how public mockery from Eastern Conference rivals Boston surrounding his shooting struggles sparked a snowball reaction in his downward spiral.

He said of the critics: “I didn’t really realize that at the start of my career.

“It started to pile up and I’m like, ‘They say I can’t. Shouldn’t I? I’m confused now’.

“It pissed me off a lot. But I kind of found peace in a place where I’m just like shit, it’s basketball.

He also said of criticism of his shoot: “I think for a while it was so repetitive.

“You hear it all the time from everyone. You’re like, holy shit, let go of my business. Like, I do other stuff too. I keep the best players. It’s one thing, I don’t think people respect that enough, like what I bring to court because there’s a lot of crap I bring to court.

He said those mental demons were already in his head before the infamous Eastern Conference playoff series against Atlanta last year. The NBA world is still confused as to why a player with all his guns fell apart so spectacularly in the playoffs.

Simmons now refused to make an open dunk in the fourth quarter of Game 7 and teammate Joel Embiid and coach Doc Rivers appeared to throw him under the bus following their elimination.

Simmons said the reaction “killed me”.

“It got to a point where after that [Hawks] series, it’s like people you’re supposed to have that support or comfort from, I wasn’t getting that either, so it was a toll for me,” he said.

“Then mentally it killed me. I was like, fuck, no energy for anything, like I was in a dark place.

“The first thing for me was to identify that I had to do it right. It’s not a physical thing, it’s mentally. I think the first thing to recognize that is a big step for me. I need to sort this out, I need help in these areas. Being able to do that was the start of getting to where I am now. I’m in a great place and I feel comfortable talking about it now.

Simmons gives his side of the story on a layup that could have been

Ben Simmons came into his shell during the final quarter of his career with the Sixers — the Game 7 loss to Atlanta — and nothing sums it up more than the open layup he turned down. He dropped a pass to Matisse Thybulle instead and the crucial bucket never happened.

He now sees that he made a mistake.

It happened so fast that you just did a reading. In the playoffs, you have to make the right decisions most of the time.

“At that point, bro, it happened and I was like, ‘OK, fuck, now we have to make another game.’ That’s how I think and I didn’t realize at how much is everyone posting like it’s so big?”

“When I watch it now, I’m like, ‘I should have kicked that fucking shit,'” Simmons said.

“But it didn’t happen, and I was okay with that, I can live with that, I can live with everyone trying to kill me in one play. It’s like everyone everyone wanted to watch a movie with me. Like, the whole arena. I can dissect it all if you want, but it’s not realistic.

Simmons addresses Brooklyn playoffs no-show

Simmons was torn apart by NBA commentators again this year when he didn’t play for the Nets at all.

A furor around Simmons exploded as Brooklyn was swept 4-0 in their first-round playoff series against Boston – a huge disappointment for a team made up of superstars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Simmons, who joined the Nets from Philadelphia in a blockbuster trade involving James Harden in February, didn’t play at all last season and was the target of heavy fire after failing to prepare for Game 4 against the Celtics, having targeted this game as a comeback. .

The Australian had been training with the aim of returning to action but woke up the morning of the game with back pain and sat up as his team’s season ended early.

NBA players and pundits have blamed Simmons for sitting out. American sports commentator Stephen A. Smith delivered the most brutal smackdown, saying that Simmons “might also be the weakest and most pathetic excuse for a professional athlete that we have ever seen not only in American history, but also in the history of sport”.

He has since undergone back surgery.

Simmons described his star-studded Nets team as “Philly on steroids.”

He said he has no doubts about his ability to make an impact for the Nets next season and believes his body will be ready as well.

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