The NBA is still a week away from restarting but there is little Aussie 76ers star Ben Simmons can do about stopping the questions on his jump shot.
After hitting two three pointers earlier in the season, Simmons continued to focus on his work in the paint, where he has built a formidable career thus far in his NBA journey.
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But fans and pundits want threes with the questions following the 24-year-old wherever he goes.
There is unlikely anything he could do to stop the questions at this point, whether or not he starts taking them.
Simmons has long said it’s a “work in progress” but every time he shoots from the outside in a workout, the world thinks this might be when it starts raining bombs from downtown.
The questions also keep coming at Simmons’ coach and his teammates but before the 76ers have taken a shot in anger with the season restart, 76ers coach Brett Brown got the question and once again shut down the questioning.
“I think this area is arguably one of the most overrated topics I’ve been a part of in coaching,” Brown said in a media appearance. “Ben Simmons is going to play basketball and the court is going to tell him what he should or shouldn’t do. You can say, ‘Well I don’t agree with you coach Brown’ or you can say, ‘Fair enough’. I feel like his mindset to willingly find space and find threes, that has been a paradigm shift.
“That has been an attitudinal change, an internal decision, because I’ve seen a player that’s cocky and playing and when the game says shoot because nobody’s on you, he doesn’t blink and his teammates love it.
“As far as going deeper than that like numbering it up and sitting him if he doesn’t shoot, I’m not doing that. I’m proud of how he personally has handled what I think is going to be a paradigm shift and we’re going to see ultimately transform as we start playing basketball games.”
Brett Brown has come to Ben Simmons’ defence.Source:Getty Images
It comes after reports from the NBA bubble last week pointed to Simmons moving from point guard to power forward as the 76ers try to utilise Simmons’ and centre Joel Embiid’s strengths better as a pair as the franchise eyes its first championship since 1983.
He also released a video of himself draining threes.
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Simmons is also looking the strongest the world has seen him after rehabilitating his back injury that threatened his season before the season was suspended in March.
He’s also piled on some muscle and looks to be arguably in the best shape of his career.
The 76ers will have the club’s first scrimmage against the Memphis Grizzlies at 5.30am (AEST) on Saturday morning.
The first game of the eight-game schedule in the NBA bubble will be against the Indiana Pacers on August 2 with the team having already booked its place in the playoffs.
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