Shake O’Neill didn’t spare 76ers’ long-distance keeper Ben Simmons when he compared him to Joel Embiid on Thursday night’s Inside the NBA show.
“The difference between his soft partner is that he can accept criticism without being a crying child, and he still wants to play,” O’Neill said of the Sixers teammates.
O’Neill is no stranger to falling stars, especially Embiidhe had previously taken the criticism of the Lakers legend to heart before accepting the advice of him and TNT co-author Charles Barkley.
“Charles and I followed him. We stayed on top of him. We told him what to do. He didn’t cry. He didn’t say ‘I want to change,’ he didn’t complain about the abuse, that’s the difference. That’s why I love him and respect, ”O’Neill said of Embiid, who beat the 76ers on Thursday night with a 26-point victory over the Lakers 105-87 and is playing at MVP level in Simmons’ absence.
However, Simmons has not played a single game this season as he insists on the trade he asked for during the summer game with the Sixers after last season’s historically bad playoff games. .
“Another guy [Simmons], I don’t respect him and I thought about it, he’s been missing the whole season because they asked your coach, “Can we win with you?” And your coach gave a funny answer to say you have to work on your game in the summer.
O’Neill referred to comments from Sixers coach Doc Rivers after he was knocked out of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Hawks last year. Rivers was asked by a reporter if he believed Simmons could be a keeper on the championship team.
“I don’t even know the answer to that right now,” Rivers said.
In Thursday’s “Inside the NBA” game, O’Neill said he “got rid” of Simmons.
“I don’t think you and Stephen A criticized me. [Smith]? ” said O’Neill. “You never think I’ve been criticized by the LA media, the New York media, great players are criticized, but great players also play up the criticism. This is another guy, I don’t respect him. I would get rid of him. ”
Charles Barkley added“The Sixers aren’t a real contender until they figure out what to do with Ben Simmons.”
The 29-19 Sixers are currently level with the Nets for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
As the trade closes on February 10, it will be interesting to see if the Sixers will move Simmons.
Philadelphia host Sacramento on Saturday.