Ben Simmons is being brutally roasted for his latest viral jump shot
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Question marks surrounding Ben Simmons' shooting ability have just been reaffirmed thanks to this latest viral clip.
The Australian basketball player is breaking Twitter once again, this time for a failed attempt which wasn't during an actual game.
Oh dear, it's an absolute shocker.
The entire Brooklyn Nets team were attending their sixth annual pre-season event where around 8,000 fans showed up to see their favourite players in action.
But it didn't take long for Simmons to go viral online – all for the wrong reasons, though.
In a video plastered all over social media, the Nets star can be seen completely air-balling a jump shot in front of the die-hard supporters.
Doesn’t take long for Ben Simmons to get into regular season form @PatBevPod pic.twitter.com/mexHNGUZPg— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 11, 2022
Granted, it was only a half-arsed effort in pretty irrelevant practise, but that didn't stop savage fans from unloading on him.
Barstool Sports posted the clip on Twitter, saying: "Doesn’t take long for Ben Simmons to get into regular season form."
As one person commented: "How is he that bad it’s not even funny at this point."
While a third added: "Really can't stop watching this Ben Simmons airball, this guy is a generational liar."
Then, of course, came the endless memes.
This is so good. Ben Simmons should never ever take a shot in public. Including during the season in NBA arenas.pic.twitter.com/meqRuupfqT— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) October 11, 2022
Recording the annual NBA over/unders pod today — this clip may have single-handedly nudged me to the Nets under. pic.twitter.com/6ti2BicNNo— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 11, 2022
I can’t stop laughing at this Ben Simmons shot 😂😂😂😂😳 pic.twitter.com/0227oUqTu0— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 11, 2022
Ben Simmons: pic.twitter.com/K7Q06SNqsf— A-A-Ron (@aaronh0196) October 11, 2022
Simmons' jumper, or rather lack thereof, has been heavily criticised by fans, fellow players and analysts alike.
The likes of Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd have all been vocal, but perhaps the most damning assessments have come from the mouth of ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith.
“This dude has been out since last June, ain’t done a damn thing,” Smith on an episode of First Take earlier this year.
“I’m still trying to figure out how he hurt that back… How the hell you get a back injury when you ain’t played since last June? It makes no sense whatsoever… If Ben Simmons can give you 15-20 minutes playing defence, don’t shoot the basketball, just give you 15-20 minutes of defence, that’s good enough for me. Because they’ve got enough offence.”
He continued: “It’s the defence that they need help on, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t want to hear anything about this dude that’s just stealing money, whatever amount of money he’s getting, whatever grievance he’s filed (with the 76ers), just stealing money. Getting paid for doing absolutely positively nothing. To put it in perspective, [Mad Dog] and myself have played just as many minutes as Ben Simmons this entire season. … You want to get paid — play. I’m getting to the point where it’s pay for play. I mean, this is ridiculous. The man should be out there on the damn basketball court.”
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Topics: Australia, NBA, Basketball, Ben Simmons