Ben Simmons, brunt of joke on an award show no one watched anyways
People just can’t stop talking about Ben Simmons. Even during award shows that no one actually watches, such as the ESPY’s, Simmons was the center of attention as host Anthony Mackie, made fun of the 24-year old point guard for “laying bricks” during the playoffs.
Mackie’s Ben Simmons Segment:
I think it’s worth nothing, that Mackie probably is just given these awful segments by the Mickey Mouse Corporation to recite during pointless award shows, so it’s really not his fault. Simmons, who has been a trending topic worldwide, has been getting killed by national and local sports media, so it’s really no surprise he was brought up during the show. His own teammate Danny Green continues to criticize his shooting struggles.
If I was going to get offended by this stupid segment, I would probably say that Anthony Mackie is just a Disney shill that constantly plays second fiddle in whatever dumb Captain America Marvel movie he finds himself in. I think he even has a Captain America show now on Disney+. So when he comments on the Sixers and/or Ben Simmons, on ABC, a Disney channel, on a summer weekend during an award show that literally no one cares about, it doesn’t really matter.
The only thing that’s upsetting about this entire thing is the fact that people think Anthony Mackie “absolutely roasted Ben Simmons” like saying Ben Simmons was laying bricks during the playoffs was some kind of hilarious line that no one has heard before. Then you have the kids at the end come out and say “Thanks Ben Simmons” like they are kids from the mentioned orphanages that Ben was hilariously building with said bricks. Gross.
As for Simmons he has been enjoying himself this offseason and rightfully so. He bought a house and has spent a lot of time in England with his new girlfriend. He opted out of the Olympics to work on developing his own game, which presumably would start in late July / early August.
No one is denying that Ben Simmons was terrible against the Atlanta Hawks. He literally wouldn’t dunk the ball. There have been trade rumors everywhere involving the Sixers moving Simmons but nothing substantial. Ben Simmons has a ton of work to do this offseason and if he remains on the Sixers, the Ben Simmons Revenge Tour would be must-watch basketball to start the 2021 season.
The question still remains. Will Ben Simmons be able to overcome the mental blocks on the court and turn himself into the player that everyone has begged him to be over the last four years in Philadelphia? I don’t think anyone can answer that right now. Simmons has bulletin board material to fill up the entire Wells Fargo Center.
Time will tell if he wants to do something about it.