This isn’t the season the Brooklyn Nets anticipated as the 2022-23 season approached, and they were preparing to see their big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons. The Nets traded for Simmons at last season’s trade deadline as part of the blockbuster deal for James Harden. Simmons didn’t appear for the Nets immediately following the trade as they expected him to take a week to ten days to get into game shape. However, Simmons remained out due to injury for the remainder of the season and even their playoff series against the Boston Celtics

This season, Simmons made his return to Brooklyn, and so far, he has had visible rust after his extended absence due to injury. The point guard is averaging 5.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. Now, Simmons has again missed a few games with injury, and according to reporting from Shams Charania of The Athletic, there is growing frustration with Simmons around the Nets organization. 

Frustration is Growing in Brooklyn Over Simmons’ Struggles

Not only are people within the Nets organization frustrated at Simmons’ availability to play in games, but according to Charania, there is much more to their concerns. 

“According to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the frustration surrounding Simmons had been building in recent weeks within the organization. The coaching staff and players have been concerned about his availability and level of play, with some questioning his passion for the game, those sources said. But even when he did play, Simmons’ struggles in his first nine games this season were part of the Nets frustration as well,” Charania wrote

Charania’s report was the first time that Simmons’ passion for the game has been questioned in his time for the Nets. That had been something that was questioned in his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, and is now returning. They are also frustrated by his poor play that he started the season with. 

Simmons Speaks Out on Struggles

Ben Simmons spoke with Charania and The Athletic on November 15, and in it acknowledged criticism that he knows is impending. 

“You’re obviously not gonna be happy when anybody’s out,” Simmons told The Athletic. “But for me, I’ve been dealing with the knee since the start of the season. It’s been swollen. I had PRP (injections). I had blood drained a couple times. So it’s not …read more

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Insider Reveals Nets’ Growing Frustrations with Ben Simmons

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