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Ben Simmons Opens Up About The 76ers Holdout, His Shooting Struggles, The Hawks Series & More

  • Published on Sep 21, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • The Old Man and The Three is BACK with an incredible interview with JJ's old Philadelphia 76ers teammate and current Brooklyn Net, Ben Simmons. This is Ben's first long-form interview in a couple of years so there's a lot to get to. You won't want to miss this one.
    Topics include:
    -What JJ and and Tommy have been up to since the break.
    -The chemistry that Ben and JJ developed as teammates.
    -Ben's often overlooked skills on the defensive end and his passing.
    -The shooting narrative surrounding Ben in The NBA.
    -Falling in love with basketball at an early age.
    -His time at LSU.
    -Dealing with negativity from media and fans online.
    -The story of someone taking video and heckling him in a candy store.
    -His mental health struggles over the last few years.
    -Why he held out on The Philadelphia 76ers.
    -Doc Rivers kicking him out of practice.
    -His last playoff series in Philadelphia against The Atlanta Hawks.
    -A detailed explanation as to why he passed up the wide open dunk on Trae Young.
    -What he's looking forward to most about playing with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and The Brooklyn Nets.
    -And so much more.
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Comments • 4 128

  • Shaq
    Shaq 8 days ago +1742

    19:50 PLAYIN WIT BEN
    25:00 SHOOTIN 3'S FOR NETS
    27:00 THE PROCESS
    36:00 DRAFT NIGHT
    37:40 ROOKIE YEAR
    38:40 '22 #1 PICK INJURY
    41:50 BREAK FROM NBA
    44:55 BEING TRADED
    46:25 BACK INJURY
    1:06:00 LOOKING BACK

    • Yarley Davis
      Yarley Davis Day ago

      @Tomas H. nope lol not even shoot just be more aggressive on offense be a threat, he brought up how he has to defend giannis and he’s a beast well you’d be better if you didn’t play scared

    • Anthony R
      Anthony R Day ago


    • Tomas H.
      Tomas H. Day ago

      Does he talk about how he needs to finally shoot right handed?

    • ChrisbeFoSerious
      ChrisbeFoSerious Day ago

      Chet was the #2 Pick though!

    • minij hooi
      minij hooi 3 days ago +1

      Great interview, glad to see Ben in a great headspace. Can't wait to see him back on the court.

  • Kelvin McNeil
    Kelvin McNeil 9 days ago +2892

    This interview alone shows JJ’s ability to not only build long lasting relationships but also bring out the human side of these players. It’s so much easier to ask the difficult questions when theirs mutual respect.

    • Yarley Davis
      Yarley Davis Day ago

      @justice I can now because you now realize there’s nothing more to say

    • justice
      justice Day ago

      @Yarley Davis let it go man geez

    • Yarley Davis
      Yarley Davis Day ago

      @justice everything I’m saying is facts even down to the fan base bklyn got a team what 9 years ago how serious do they really take that team, they were all probably knicks fans or something years ago

    • Yarley Davis
      Yarley Davis Day ago +1

      @justice because they don’t have a fan base that care

  • patrick y
    patrick y 7 days ago +568

    JJ is the perfect example of never burn bridges and always be a good teammate as well as a good person.

  • MasterM2k
    MasterM2k 3 days ago +10

    I’m a sixers fan , and I really hope Ben get back to being his old self if not better basketball wise . I always felt he didn’t deserve to be dragged the way he was

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks 8 days ago +229

    I wish him the best with Brooklyn

  • Pino Bluevogel
    Pino Bluevogel 3 days ago +31

    This was an awesome and much needed talk with Ben Simmons. It is nice to have him able to speak his side of the story, clear up some total bs that got mixed in with whatever else happened. He seems like such a refreshing nice person. Someone who deserves a fresh start. That said, I think he will be great on the Nets, it is the best team he could have landed on. I'm really looking forward to seeing their games!

    • Rapperastoned
      Rapperastoned 8 hours ago

      @DNicerazorz na ya treated him how my Knicks treated melo rather then say everything great he does ya rather say how he can’t shoot n he horrible u had embid tarnish his name n brand n philly aswell I appreciate Ben wish he was on my Knicks he that pg we always needed

    • Morgan
      Morgan 10 hours ago

      He’s a baby and not a man of his word.

    • DNicerazorz
      DNicerazorz 13 hours ago +1

      @Rapperastoned we didn't treat him wrong, that man was coddled for YEARS.. He bitched out, thats on him

    • Rapperastoned
      Rapperastoned Day ago

      Na the best team is philly they jus treated him wrong I personal take healthy Ben over harden to rebuild a team around tbh

    YOUNES YASSINE 7 days ago +4

    I feel ashamed of myself for hating on this guy just through basketball he seems like a nice guy

    • EJay
      EJay 21 hour ago

      You fell for the media trick

  • Mind of a Bull
    Mind of a Bull Day ago +1

    Crazy how clouded some people’s judgment can be. This interview changed my entire thought process on Ben. I feel he truly is a standup guy

  • 🚨W​A​T​C​H​​ M​​Y​ L​A​S​T​ V​I​D​E​O​🚨

    This interview alone shows JJ’s ability to not only build long lasting relationships but also bring out the human side of these players. It’s so much easier to ask the difficult questions when theirs mutual respect.

  • Jay Russell
    Jay Russell 7 days ago +80

    I thoroughly enjoyed this entire interview. Ben doesn't seem to be the bad guy the media and fans made him out to be all this time, people just don't like to wait to hear the other sides of stories. Wish him all the best in his NBA return.

  • Guts over fear
    Guts over fear 8 days ago +395

    Seeing Simmons side of the story clears a lot of things up
    Shout out to JJ for being a good teammate on and off the court

    • Kimberly Becoat Studio
      Kimberly Becoat Studio 16 minutes ago

      @Blake Scott umm a shirt CAN fit in you pocket. I'm an artist and I tuck my shirt in my back pocket when it gets in my way while I'm working.
      You sound like you need a sit down with a therapist yourself. If you don't like Ben say that and ease your brain cells and stop watching him.

    • ZeMadShoey
      ZeMadShoey 4 hours ago

      @Morgan And you have some inside source to know definitively that he's lying do you? Haha. You've got the same outside perspective and info that we do. And as for him being a baby, your coach and team, team mates, they should all have your back, not that they didn't. Buy some of Docs comments were out of pocket. Not quite throwing him under the bus as much as just being frank, but don't be like that publicly. Those are locker room conversations.

    • Morgan
      Morgan 10 hours ago

      @ZeMadShoey We’re not 76ers fans. Why can’t you admit he’s a baby and a liar? Ben will play a little bit going forward, but I see him as a problem the rest of his career.

    • Morgan
      Morgan 10 hours ago

      Rationalization is the second strongest human drive

    • DNicerazorz
      DNicerazorz 13 hours ago

      @Pump right lol

  • Mikky Revell jr
    Mikky Revell jr 6 days ago +17

    Thank you JJ. I don't think Ben would have gave this interview to anybody else. You brought the best out in him you made him feel comfortable you were an ultimate professional. It's nice to see him with a little bit of confidence and smiling again I can't wait to see what kind of season he has

  • Sonia’s Way
    Sonia’s Way 7 days ago +41

    Can't believe that he experienced all that personal matter while also dealing with so much hate because of basketball, Can't wait to see him play and I'm so excited for him!

  • Michael Greaves
    Michael Greaves 8 days ago +102

    This was a great interview. I'm glad Ben was given a safe platform to tell his side of the story. JJ, your platform and podcast is much needed. Rooting for Ben to have a great season!

  • Arthur Brémond
    Arthur Brémond 9 days ago +3881

    Can't believe we're finally gonna hear Simmons' side of the story

    • Tony Williams
      Tony Williams 4 days ago

      🤣No doubt!!!its bout time!I just hope he's"Ret2play!!!"👍🏿👍🏿

    • Shane
      Shane 4 days ago

      Meeeeh nothing we didnt already know

    • Laid Back 1-20-7
      Laid Back 1-20-7 4 days ago

      @Smesh why tf would you even care about something like that?? Lmfao

    • 121 124
      121 124 5 days ago +1

      @Shane ye well ur prolly older than Ben and not tryna fit in as much as he needed to

    • Shane
      Shane 5 days ago +1

      @121 124 im a kiwi living in aussie for 10+ years and my accent hasn't changed much.

    CAR JACK 7 days ago +16

    This appearance from Ben was great, all we get as fans is the filtered crap from the mainstream media agendas and the on court moments. To get a genuine, real look at who these NBA players really are is awesome! Changed some opinions of mine about Ben!

  • reck0n3r
    reck0n3r 3 days ago +1

    One of my favorite interviews ever, and I've been watching the NBA since 1991. I'm surprised by how wrong I was about Ben as a person.
    Really glad he did this with JJ, and it's kind of nice to know I can still be wrong about people every now and then. And it also serves as a reminder to not always believe what you're seeing on TV.
    I've been in similar positions as Ben has in the past, so it's great to hear that he's doing better. Seems like a good young man. Sorry for pegging you wrong, and good luck during your rookie season.

  • aiuc lse
    aiuc lse 2 days ago

    Only JJ can bring the best of everyone huge shoutout to him for making Ben feel open and safe

  • 777bhana
    777bhana 20 hours ago

    It's going to be interesting to see Ben comeback this season & seeing how he's able to deal with the fans & media..... The Nets could be a threat if he's just at 80%

  • Jahir Carpenter
    Jahir Carpenter 8 days ago +807

    Only JJ can bring the best of everyone huge shoutout to him for making Ben feel open and safe

    • Trip G
      Trip G 5 days ago

      @The War God ODIN you make no sense! By the way Attacking me doesn’t do much for your character- I made a clear point, obviously people get it. Sorry you can’t handle- good luck

    • Kermit T. Frog
      Kermit T. Frog 5 days ago

      This conversation would never have happened on the mainstream networks. I suspect that the key is that bottle of wine on the table in front of him.

    • RoseCurry AndDeRozan
      RoseCurry AndDeRozan 5 days ago

      Fr. Very definition of understanding people w mental health problems.

    • The War God ODIN
      The War God ODIN 5 days ago +1

      @Trip G HE DOESNT, if you think so, you might have more issues than you think.

    • Mitchell Johnston
      Mitchell Johnston 5 days ago

      Open and safe? He's not a second grade girl

  • (Camille)_ vℓσg gσ тσ му ¢haηηєℓ!

    This interview alone shows JJ’s ability to not only build long lasting relationships but also bring out the human side of these players. It’s so much easier to ask the difficult questions when theirs mutual respect.

  • GodLee1
    GodLee1 8 days ago +64

    I loved this! Been rooting for him and defending him heavily! Generational talent! Glad he spoke out and is in a better space.

    • Jasmin G.
      Jasmin G. 3 days ago +1

      @Shaine Walsh No I agree completely with you and only a true Sixers fan would understand that

    • GodLee1
      GodLee1 5 days ago +2

      @Sachin Kumar right! This I can agree with. I def should’ve said that… has the potential!

    • Caleb Alexander
      Caleb Alexander 5 days ago +1

      @GodLee1 he’s not generational talent bruh, guys like giannis, curry, and bron are generational talents.

    • Sachin Kumar
      Sachin Kumar 6 days ago +6

      You mean he has the potential to be a generational talent. He has to prove himself if he wants to be in that conversation. What's with everybody getting roses even if they haven't done anything. All he established in this interview that he had no fault in all this.

  • Kevin E
    Kevin E 6 days ago

    I think it’s great we finally hear some of what Ben was going through and his thoughts. He’s a great player and we want him to do well. However also, I think JJ and the podcast coddled him a bit through the interview and there was a lack of real accountability. BOTH sides Philly org and Ben were wrong in some ways. Still seems that Ben is deflecting the real issues instead of saying “look I did x y z this was wrong , I can do this better by etc” I didn’t really get that. You can tell he’s still thin skinned. This is in no way discounting mental health issues because that’s real!

  • Vice Gripp
    Vice Gripp 8 days ago +1

    This interview made me like Ben Simmons a lot more. The old media, living off buzz-headlines & shock phrases, made this guy out to be a lot worse than he seems to be. I wanna see Ben hoop again; especially so he can lose to my MIAMI HEAT!

    PTW TRAINING 8 days ago +459

    Jj Redick is ELITE. He got to the bottom
    of it without aggressively prying. Salute to good humans beings. Real is rare. Loved this episode jj.

    • Chris Jacobs
      Chris Jacobs 5 days ago

      @Kamil Prościński no he’s not he told KD he’s been the best player in the world for the better part of 9 years then next interview he has been on some decent players and says they’re one of the best in the league when it’s not true he’s always gonna 🍆 ride players because he was one of them but here it was very apparent and it made the interview so disingenuous

    • Kamil Prościński
      Kamil Prościński 6 days ago

      @Ya boi Yosef But JJ doesn't lie to his guests, he is quite upfront about his opinions

    • Ya boi Yosef
      Ya boi Yosef 6 days ago

      @Kamil Prościński being real is honesty. If your friend was cunning towards you, simply saying the things you want to hear (I'm sure we've all known people like that), I would not say he's "real"

    • Kamil Prościński
      Kamil Prościński 7 days ago

      @Ya boi Yosef I feel like being real implies being true to oneself, among other things

    • Ya boi Yosef
      Ya boi Yosef 7 days ago

      @Kamil Prościński real = really? 😂😂😂😂

  • Understand this Today
    Understand this Today 2 days ago +1

    Man it’s good this guy finally spoke. Because he seems cool as hell! He should market his personality. And his game is nice.

  • Lilius
    Lilius 7 days ago +3

    This interview is so good and I totally understand what Ben Simmons have been through. A lot of us experienced this kind of path but I can't imagine the difficulty to find the peace you need when it is public. No blame to Shaq and others who criticized him, like he said this is just ignorance and also a lack of empathy. But you have to know what it is personally to understand the difficulty and the complexity of that. I can't not wait to see one of my favorite player on the floor again and so happy to hear the wiseness he bring to the table here.

  • Memphis
    Memphis 3 days ago

    I’m appreciative JJ was able to do this interview, I also understand you must strike a balance between being a respectful Interviewer and asking the tough questions or pressing an issue. With that said, it was a solid interview, however JJ still allowed Ben to get away with answering questions by putting the blame on anything else and not take responsibility for his own actions in the situation. My opinion hasn’t changed on him, he lacks the ability to take accountability for what he does or does not do. Durning the interview Ben was able to pen point key actions the Sixers took that he felt was wrong, Spoke about Doc making him Practice during Practice (Let’s not forget he didn’t go back cause he thought it was the right thing to do, he went back for that 8 mil), talked Doc and Jojo saying they didn’t support him after the game with the Hawks, no they supported him and also held him accountable, they did not disrespect Ben in any way, then he talked about no one was gone to get on a plane to see him until last minute 😳, Ben grow up, might have been last min but they were still willing to come out to speak with you, they also have family and friends. Now when it came to himself, came to his faults and errors and time to be a man and be responsible, all he had to say was “I did something’s wrong on my end” he owned up to nothing. I understand the mental health issues and having nothing negative to say around that issue. Ben Simmons needs to grow up, drop the child like mentality and be a Man.

  • Freakazoid
    Freakazoid 2 days ago

    I’ll always be upset that we’ll never get one of these w/ Kobe. These are so amazing and shine a light on athletes in a way that is very unknown to the fans. This is the way modern media needs to transition.

  • 2legitkev
    2legitkev 8 days ago +467

    The fact that JJ even was able to get Ben on his podcast just proves how good JJ is at this

    • Morales Corner
      Morales Corner 8 days ago

      He's not only a fellow pro player but also a former teammate who played the role of a vet for Ben, of course there's a huge level of understanding there

    • Durag Jones
      Durag Jones 8 days ago +3

      Doesn’t prove how good he is at podcasting, shows how good of a human being & friend he is to the people who agreed to go on

    • Vinny DeVille
      Vinny DeVille 8 days ago

      He had the relationship were you listening

    • Lswat Ent
      Lswat Ent 8 days ago

      Sometime life can be rough and a real fight with your inter demons but gotta keep pushing I am really trying to make a difference in my life by doing youtube

  • Musab Yusuf
    Musab Yusuf 8 days ago +181

    I'm so excited to see what Ben and the Brooklyn Nets can do this season. All that pain for Ben is going to lead to something promising, trust and believe that.

    • Roberto Clemente
      Roberto Clemente 3 days ago

      @SC Chicago The proof's in the pudding y'all. One month.

    • SC Chicago
      SC Chicago 3 days ago

      Get ready to be disappointed because he still immature and dont take responsibility for his actions and not holding himself to a higher standard.

    • Roberto Clemente
      Roberto Clemente 3 days ago

      @bingus enthusiast Hope you're right. All we want is to see someone that talented thrive.

    • bingus enthusiast
      bingus enthusiast 4 days ago

      @Roberto Clemente i think he already has worked through it, and the reason he didn’t come back to the court was because he had a back injury. a confirmed, real back injury that required surgery. JJ broke down how devastating back injuries are and how they are hard to recover from.

    • Joe Bloe
      Joe Bloe 5 days ago

      @Erik H ...bro ben could be a sure fire hof er but he wont apply himself...no post move either..ben and embiid was weird bc ben relied way to heavy on his transition game

  • Batistaj15
    Batistaj15 7 days ago +1

    Shout out to JJ. Imagine how bad ESPN would've spin this on their platform

  • MXM
    MXM 8 days ago +24

    Great interview, glad to see Ben in a great headspace. Can't wait to see him back on the court.

  • Rita 25 y.o - check my vidéó

    This was an awesome and much needed talk with Ben Simmons. It is nice to have him able to speak his side of the story, clear up some total bs that got mixed in with whatever else happened. He seems like such a refreshing nice person. Someone who deserves a fresh start. That said, I think he will be great on the Nets, it is the best team he could have landed on. I'm really looking forward to seeing their games!

  • Natalie🌸Onlive SAX Video🔞

    This was an awesome and much needed talk with Ben Simmons. It is nice to have him able to speak his side of the story, clear up some total bs that got mixed in with whatever else happened. He seems like such a refreshing nice person. Someone who deserves a fresh start. That said, I think he will be great on the Nets, it is the best team he could have landed on. I'm really looking forward to seeing their games!

  • Oz Man
    Oz Man 6 days ago +3

    Shout out to JJ and the team this was needed to clear things out. When it comes to mental health we ought to approach it methodically and get to the root of it all. Also J Will is the man for reaching out and talking to Ben when he was down. It’s easy to judge someone and talk negatively about them but it’s even easier to simply lend an ear!

  • JaRizzle
    JaRizzle 8 days ago +44

    As an Aussie, this was awesome to watch. Great to hear Ben speak about this so candidly and get a better understanding about his situation. Will do a lot of good for his public perception I think. Hope he commits and plays for the Boomers at the next Olympics 🙏

    • Jai M
      Jai M 7 days ago +2

      mate, if he plays for the boomers we are seriously on! Team is looking awesome!

  • Talk My Credo
    Talk My Credo 8 days ago

    I was never on "a side" when it came to the Ben Simmons "drama" because I knew theres always more to what was being presented. But after watching and listening, Im officially on his side. I hope he plays
    exceptionally well in Brooklyn

  • st Kanye
    st Kanye 8 days ago +439

    JJ is the GOAT for creating a safe space for players to come and really tell their story

    • Michael Barton
      Michael Barton 3 days ago

      You misspelled Lies…their *Lies

    • prxy4luvvvtwice
      prxy4luvvvtwice 7 days ago +5

      @John John Manziel not everyone is comfortable w talking about some of the hardest moments in there life especially for hundreds of thousands to see afterwards ????

    • Based in Steez
      Based in Steez 8 days ago +2

      Safe space a cringe phrase

  • The Perfect Life - Isaac Joshi

    I've always thought Ben was great, annoyed when he didn't play last season but man is a talent, and could conceivably build up a jump shot

  • Bryan Bugaoan
    Bryan Bugaoan 7 days ago

    Props to JJ to be subtle and proper when having to interview. It allowed players to open up and made it safe. Sometimes we never realise how special and take Ben for granted. He is an amazing player. No judgement and keep moving forward. Forget the pass criticism and play the game you love. It’s more than a game

  • Shamir David
    Shamir David 8 days ago +23

    Really hoping for Ben to have a sick comeback season. He’s the perfect piece on the nets and what they needed most

  • Mr Fernandez
    Mr Fernandez 4 days ago +1

    Great Listen JJ and Tommy .. gained a lot of respect for Ben and it was nice to hear his side of things and to get to know him better

  • BL Wilson
    BL Wilson 8 days ago +336

    I’m so happy JJ did this interview. Asked the questions that we all wanted answered and, through that, showed the bias the media has had toward Ben for the past 2 years. Praying for a great season for Ben to prove the haters wrong

    • TheMissingLink
      TheMissingLink 7 days ago

      @Jordan Wade Playoffs shouldn’t be as bad considering he should get a lot of time as a small ball 5. Bens game is certainly not super portable, but his fit in BYK could be so much better than maybe any team.

    • american crafts
      american crafts 8 days ago

      What do you think of this other one?
      Leave your comment there please

    • Master General
      Master General  8 days ago

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      Every real American stands with the true, *legitimate* president!
      *DJT* 🇺🇸

    • Dinho
      Dinho 8 days ago +1

      @Jordan Wade in Brooklyn he doesn't need to worry about offense with KD, kyrie, Seth, etc. Taking most of that responsibility. He is gonna be Bruce Brown on steroids

    • Jordan Wade
      Jordan Wade 8 days ago

      @Dinho his regular season style not his playoff season style

  • Rob Vernon
    Rob Vernon 8 days ago

    I have a new found respect for Ben after this interview. You can tell he was talking from the heart. I don’t agree with his hold out, but I understand why he thought this was his best way forward. Best of luck for this season

  • Gokux
    Gokux 7 days ago

    Ben Simmons was already one of my favorite defensive players, but now he’s most definitely one of my favorite players in the league rn. Glad all my time spent defending him didn’t go to waste😅

  • Chewielectric
    Chewielectric 8 days ago

    What a great interview. Was looking forward to hearing Ben’s pov. He is such a gifted athlete but because he isn’t able to respond to the crap that is posted about him people believe it. Can’t wait to see him, KD and Kyrie going at it. The Nets look good. Hoping for an injury free, trouble free season from this squad.

  • Andreas Felten
    Andreas Felten 6 days ago +1

    Great as always - a great new media format, addressing all relevant topics, no dissing and giving players a fair platform, quality talks and fun to watch while being relevant on all content and conversation topics

  • Matt
    Matt 8 days ago +253

    Ben seems like such a chill dude, I really hope that he has a great year next *year

    • Tyrone Biggums
      Tyrone Biggums 7 days ago

      @daddy12 bro clearly the only ppl in the world that have a problem with Ben Simmons are 76er fans clearly!! Why else would anyone hate on a grown man getting paid 10s of millions of dollars to work, not just work, play BASKETBALL AT THAT. All he did was refuse to practice and not take any criticism and continue to whine, what’s wrong with that man?? Have some dignity and some respect…I bet you’re a 76er fan!!!

    • daddy12
      daddy12 7 days ago

      @Patrick nope lol

    • Malachi Truthe
      Malachi Truthe 7 days ago +1

      "great year next day"

    • UnderDogg Records
      UnderDogg Records 8 days ago

      @daddy12 ...full of a bunch of something else too.

  • Manideep Kondeti
    Manideep Kondeti 8 days ago +7

    I’ve always like Ben. He’s had some unfortunate events but he’s still valuable AF. Good to see him happy

  • bobi miiu
    bobi miiu Day ago

    the man for reaching out and talking to Ben when he was down. It’s easy to judge someone and talk negatively about them but it’s even easier to simply lend an ear!

  • 🚨W​A​T​C​H​​ M​​Y​ L​A​S​T​ V​I​D​E​O​🚨

    Seeing Simmons side of the story clears a lot of things up
    Shout out to JJ for being a good teammate on and off the court

  • Sarah Don't T[A]P Me!!

    Can't believe that he experienced all that personal matter while also dealing with so much hate because of basketball, Can't wait to see him play and I'm so excited for him!

  • Mike Korzemba
    Mike Korzemba 8 days ago +1342

    Thank you to all of you for shedding more light to this entire situation and bringing the attention that is DESERVED to the mental health discussion. You are truly changing things, it is incredible to see 🙏

    • Crohns_
      Crohns_ 6 days ago

      Watch Mike make a video on Ben now

    • Mark Price
      Mark Price 7 days ago

      @Uole Gullook Thanks.
      Hope you're doing well, and continue to take care of yourself.

    • Uole Gullook
      Uole Gullook 8 days ago

      @Mark Price well said

    • Mark Price
      Mark Price 8 days ago +1

      @Uole GullookI have mental health issues as well. I spoke with my workplace to work things out but eventually the General Manager demonstrated he didn't understand.
      I can fully relate to most of what Ben said, and how he handled things. You don't have the power, nor the right, to end this story. There is a good bit off difference between mental health sufferers, and because it doesn't make sense to you doesn't mean it isn't true or completely understandable too someone else.
      I, like most people with an opinion on Ben, actually have no idea if it's true. Many still think confidently he has major character flaws, rather than understanding that their opinions aren't fact and we can all be wrong.

    • Appreciate The Game
      Appreciate The Game 8 days ago

      @Uole Gullook 🧢

  • Nonstop Sports
    Nonstop Sports 8 days ago +13

    Amazing interview 🙏🔥 Looking forward to seeing Ben ball in Brooklyn!

  • ZoDrama
    ZoDrama 8 days ago +10

    He’s definitely not the same guy we seen in his last philly press conference I hope all is well for him Ben is definitely one of the best young talents in the league just extremely aloof

  • Nicola -
    Nicola - 7 days ago

    I love you giving Ben the platform to tell his story. I'm not a Nets fan in any way but now I'm a Ben Simmons fan. I want to see him kill it this season.

  • BALLER Brown
    BALLER Brown 6 days ago +1

    “Mental health” is a buzz word nowadays and mental health is VERY important. Respect to Ben for sharing his side but some of it does sound like a lot of excuses. Regardless, he is a great player and sending positive vibes for a wonderful career. 💯

    HJNOOR 9 days ago +1076

    Thank you for humanizing players JJ🙏🏾

    • Nicholas M
      Nicholas M 3 days ago

      @Ryan Bruner I can bet you 300million some ways it’s that serious……

    • bingus enthusiast
      bingus enthusiast 4 days ago

      @nut master how tf is he arrogant when he owned up to all that he did wrong and opened up about the struggles that he was having. just because he was trying to explain his thought process throughout his mistakes doesn’t mean hes making excuses.

    • robbiey1
      robbiey1 4 days ago

      @Jose Lopez Hold any accountability? Who are they accountable to? You? Sports Media?

    • Reece LaFurge
      Reece LaFurge 6 days ago

      Sports media is poison and so many players buy in.

    • Jose Lopez
      Jose Lopez 8 days ago

      @Master General okay cornball

  • Maz Rohani
    Maz Rohani 8 days ago +5

    What a great interview. JJ is going to be doing this for a long time and I am here for it. I'm definitely guilty of being down on Ben. I love his game and loved watching him play. I'm rooting for him to get back to ballin out. GL Ben

  • Jared Sauber
    Jared Sauber 7 days ago +6

    Your peace is worth more than anything... Preach BEN

  • Dey Vega
    Dey Vega 6 days ago +2

    The problem with this new media is they don’t hold players accountable. I still hear a lot of excuses. I hope ben can talk to a real one without any agenda but to tell him what he did right, and what he did wrong.

  • Hooderaw
    Hooderaw 5 days ago

    Glad to see Ben interviewing and talking things out. I hope his journey back is filled with nothing but success...except against my SIXERS!!! I still going to boo the sh!t out of him though.

    PUSHBACK 8 days ago +16

    Nets from the ownership down to the players need to support Ben and show him love it will bring the best out of him he's one of those ppl that need that in his life to respond the right way. Nothing wrong with it at all ppl who never suffered from mental health can't relate let's go Ben show them what they all forgot!

  • Angela White
    Angela White 7 days ago +2

    so glad to see Simmons grow from his past struggles. Hope he's able to get to his best

  • Hone Heke
    Hone Heke 7 days ago +2

    Big upz guys, and to Ben for sharing his travels through this time. Hoping for a killer season from him to shut all the experts up.

  • chitambala sikazwe
    chitambala sikazwe 7 days ago

    Great interview… and Ben is right it’s always been everyone vs him.

  • Jason Choi
    Jason Choi 8 days ago +139

    Always amazed at how players are way more likeable after doing JJ's podcast. I never thought I would say this, but I hope Simmons has a great comeback year.

    • prxy4luvvvtwice
      prxy4luvvvtwice 8 days ago +3

      ur just another victim of the internet u clearly need to think for yourself just advice !

    • Dakotah Jackson
      Dakotah Jackson 8 days ago +4

      well ben never really talked before this…

    • Harley L
      Harley L 8 days ago +7

      @Old Thug exactly this lmao

    • Old Thug
      Old Thug 8 days ago +35

      its almost like you finally just listened to what he has to say 😂 instead of just running with whatever the media says

  • allen yung
    allen yung 6 days ago

    Great show n interview. Good for Ben being able to field some soft questions.
    I can see him turn into something like Andrew Wiggins story. Which is good cause Wiggins still getting a bag for being 3rd best on a championship team n made it to an all star game.

  • el pethó
    el pethó 6 days ago +1

    As someone who’s had two lower back surgeries. I get how his back has just blown out and how painful it is. Always felt he was getting way to hard of time

  • Ttj007
    Ttj007 5 days ago

    im so happy so see him talk and listening to his side of the story im deff looking forward to see what he does this season

  • LibertyDC
    LibertyDC 5 days ago

    This is a good interview… well balanced and took up all the supposed issues and scandals… even the candy store! keep grinding JJ … lose the glasses next time though.

  • Mo Lester
    Mo Lester 9 days ago +1166

    Nice to see JJ diversify and bring people outside of basketball

    • D
      D 6 days ago

      @Stevie Greenthumb Stevie school is tomorrow pack your bag and your lunch

    • Stevie Greenthumb
      Stevie Greenthumb 6 days ago

      @D BIG mad

    • D
      D 6 days ago

      @Stevie Greenthumb sweet dreams 🛌

    • Stevie Greenthumb
      Stevie Greenthumb 6 days ago

      @D lmfao big mad

    • D
      D 6 days ago

      @Stevie Greenthumb Little Stevie go to sleep

  • Rob
    Rob Day ago

    Hearing him shoutout Escalade brought a tear to my eye…RIP big fella

  • Jiu C
    Jiu C 4 days ago

    Thank you for getting Ben Simmons on. I gotta say, I feel bad for Ben now. For all the stuff he was going through and the fact that I was just like everyone else and kinda hated him too. Really hope that Ben is in a good place now and that would make some really interesting basketball to watch with KD and Kyrie.

  • Damyan Menifee
    Damyan Menifee 7 days ago

    Warriors in 6

  • mikoy huio
    mikoy huio 4 days ago

    im so happy so see him talk and listening to his side of the story im deff looking forward to see what he does this season

  • Bille
    Bille 8 days ago +384

    Great to see Ben Simmons happy and in good spirits. Thank you JJ and team for providing him a forum to speak freely and get the real story out there. All the best to him this season. Hope he crushes it.

    • AK 74
      AK 74 5 days ago

      @Brodie Stephens In that essay of yours, you totally missed the fact that those statements were mild as, he wasn't blamed for the loss. Ben is just ultra soft mentally. I guarantee you, this kind of thing will happen again with him.

    • Brodie Stephens
      Brodie Stephens 5 days ago +5

      @AK 74 Doc and Joel DID throw him under the bus though. That was really petty, and really uncalled for. Like the guys discussed throughout this episode, if you work in any other job, and your boss and your colleague blame the whole team's overall failure on one small thing you did wrong.... you would change jobs. That's not a good workplace environment. You would leave. If you don't have support from your boss and your workmates in what is a whole team effort, you wouldn't put up with being blamed for the whole organisation's failure to produce. If it was McDonald's instead of an NBA team, and the store had a bad day of sales, you can't blame one fries cook for getting one order out late. There's a bigger systemic issue that caused sales to be down that day. It doesn't take a genius to know that.
      It wasn't Ben's fault that the WHOLE TEAM lost to Atlanta. It shouldn't have come down to one play. If everyone did their jobs properly (Ben included of course), they would have been up by 15 points when Simmons passed the ball to Matisse. The Sixers didn't lose that game because Simmons passed one time when he should have shot. They lost because the Sixers (team) scored less points in 48 minutes than the Hawks (team) scored in 48 minutes. It's quite simple.

    • AK 74
      AK 74 6 days ago

      @hardsequencer94 He blames everyone else for how they react to his performances. Like he shouldn't be criticized. Barkley and Shaq should 'protect players', Doc and Embiid 'threw him under the bus'. He thinks that he shouldn't get criticized publicly

    • hardsequencer94
      hardsequencer94 6 days ago +6

      @AK 74 can you please time stamp where he blames someone else for his performance on court ... yet to hear it

    • AK 74
      AK 74 6 days ago +3

      He will melt down again, because his sense of entitlement is as strong as ever. As soon as things will turn bad on the court, he will blame everyone but himself

  • Ava RoSe Sᴇx Cʜᴀɴɴᴇʟ 21

    Seeing Simmons side of the story clears a lot of things up
    Shout out to JJ for being a good teammate on and off the court

  • baristatraveler
    baristatraveler 7 days ago +3

    Ben seems like a cool guy in contrast to what the media and the fans or should i say the haters portay him to be, and also with his mental health situation, that’s tough. I’ll be rooting for him, I hope he gets better and gets the support and positivity around him, Wish you the best, Ben!

  • Bill Nadj
    Bill Nadj 8 days ago +1

    Well done JJ, awesome exclusive, Ben looks comfortable and happy something that was missing the last year or so while in Phily. All the best for the season just around the corner.

  • junkmail1203
    junkmail1203 8 days ago +6

    This is such a great interview, wish Ben gets a great new start with a new team and really becoming one of the greats, he definitely has what it takes. Props to joe Tsai on taking the chance he’s a great owner

  • drew bodnar
    drew bodnar 9 days ago +109

    Love the podcasts because it eliminates the disconnect we have with knowing someone from afar. Hearing Ben and his experiences allows you to empathize what he’s went through and it changes your perception and presumptions.

  • BStaxx23
    BStaxx23 8 days ago +11

    Great content. I’ve never seen Ben this open & comfortable. I think he will have a breakout season if healthy. I expect the Nets to make some real noise this year.

  • iTuber012
    iTuber012 8 days ago +4

    Softball interview but a step in the right direction so nets fans should be encouraged.
    I'm glad Ben is getting back on track
    @1:00:00 mental health or not, He didn't want to work but wanted to get paid.... Let's keep it a buck and say he very clearly gave AF about losing that money.
    @59:00 in regards to being "thrown under the bus" Imagine you're in a pitch meeting with clients and your coworkers completely freezes up and the client decides to pass on your pitch.... Mental health or not, of course your peers would be pissed at you.

    • bronc0 knows ball
      bronc0 knows ball 6 days ago

      they can be mad but to deflect all the blame in front of the world? definitely threw him under the bus lol

  • CA S
    CA S 8 days ago +1

    I'm happy Ben is in a good place now. He seems like a great guy

  • KingTae24
    KingTae24 8 days ago +14

    This was a great podcast we never knew we needed

  • Proactive J
    Proactive J 8 days ago +288

    “It’s fun guarding the best players in the world” that’s why I will always love Ben

    • calo2006
      calo2006 5 days ago

      @Brodie Stephens OK 1 year off then, the one in Brooklyn doesn't count, BUT in Philadelphia he didn't play not because of injury, because he just acted primadonna and decided not to play anymore, he quit on his team and he quit on the game of basketball. That's why I mention Wiggins, because he really love playing the game (he even took the vaccine he was against off), because he put his team first, he put the love of the game first, and he put playing elite defense first, just like he showed in the playoffs and finals, by defending the best player of the other team.

    • Brodie Stephens
      Brodie Stephens 5 days ago +2

      @calo2006 I don't know how many spinal surgeries you've had, but I've had four. It's not possible to resume working immediately following spinal surgery. Like Simmons, I've had to learn to walk again on more than one occasion. Simmons didn't "take two years off".
      He literally broke his foot the first time he was unable to play. The second time, he had spinal surgery. I'd love to see how good you are at basketball immediately after having spinal surgery. Did you actually listen to anything Ben and JJ said???

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  • DA
    DA 8 days ago

    Thanks for this podcast. It's so difficult to get chances to hear what a person got to say, when the media just tends to get the "stuff" they want out of you instead of listening to you for real.
    As the man has said himself, Ben Simmons definitely didn't handle the situation well back then, but JJ makes me able to understand more about what's ACTUALLY happening to him back then.
    Majority of the media these days look for punchlines, views, attention and we start to get blind to what's happening behind the scenes. Crazy thing is we are getting used to this and personally I have to constantly remind myself what I hear might not be even 10% of the true picture.
    Keep up the good work JJ, really appreciate what you have been doing and I am sure lots of others feel the same way.

  • Johary Narivony
    Johary Narivony 6 days ago

    Great episode, can't wait for that first game :) Go Nets

  • MitXhell
    MitXhell 8 days ago

    Thanks JJ and Ben,
    as an aussie myself i can defend Ben when he said all i want to do it is win, i dont care about my stats, growing up from a young age in Australia, your family/coaches/ mentors of what ever sport you play will always say "winning is the most important part of the game" and his play styles says that out aloud
    love ya ben and have always backed ya, go easy on the magic big dawg

  • Nicole Kiffiak
    Nicole Kiffiak 8 days ago

    This is a great interview. So glad you were able to finally get Simmons on JJ. I dig your postcards and interviews. Also, you have such great podcast voice. 💕

  • Henry Twitchell
    Henry Twitchell 9 days ago +305

    Congrats J.J. for always having Ben's back and never going against him ever in that whole drama, what a great vet and a good friend!

    • Chris Jacobs
      Chris Jacobs 5 days ago

      @Subjectively Objective it’s not hating if you’re telling your friend something he needs to hear that literally would make the team better he just said in this interview “I want to do whatever it takes to make the team better” except shoot which was a big reason the sixers lose not the only but the biggest jj is a bad friend for softballing the interview

    • jakasmalakas
      jakasmalakas 7 days ago +1

      @MAGACOP bruh this about his mental health and wellbeing not just about his game. He is human

      MAGACOP 8 days ago

      @Subjectively Objective Its not hate...its LOVE.
      "Bro you need too learn how to shoot and start shooting more"
      Takes 5 seconds.
      No big deal.
      You see it as hate because you are softer than he is.

  • zkWHAT
    zkWHAT 7 days ago +2

    "It's easy to guard guys who all they can do is score"
    I bet it's even easier to guard people who can't score, Ben.

  • TuffPlayz
    TuffPlayz 8 days ago +1

    Excellent interview. I'm excited to see him play this year

  • Sehthree
    Sehthree Day ago +1

    JJ does a great job helping Ben dodge accountability

  • T[A]P Me!! To Have [S]EX With Me

    JJ is the perfect example of never burn bridges and always be a good teammate as well as a good person.

  • bringinthedope
    bringinthedope 9 days ago +637

    Didn't expect to see Ben on a podcast, like ever lol. JJ a goat

    • TheJwalk1234
      TheJwalk1234 8 days ago

      @dqRoman facts bro

    • Jalyn Jones
      Jalyn Jones 8 days ago

      @Jourdan Sarpy except he’s made tons of media appearances lol

    • T Austin
      T Austin 8 days ago +1

      @Collins Effah how could you have another perception of him? You can think about what media says more critically for sure, but it's either that or we just don't know these guys at all or you just assume

    • Junelle Tubania
      Junelle Tubania 8 days ago +1

      Maybe he trusts him more than other people. You know, people like you. 🤷😅

  • ForestOfDiamonds
    ForestOfDiamonds 7 days ago

    Such a great interview. Well done JJ. I’m now a Ben Simmons fan.

  • Alex Drew
    Alex Drew 6 days ago +3

    This is a great interview, but this sounds literally like Ben being Ben. As a sixers fan and someone who's been emotional attached for decades:
    Sounds like JJ was going soft, which I understand cause the politics. But seriously as a sixers fan, this sounds like the same Ben. Don't believe this bs. Ben is and forever will be an amazing player who underachieved and brings too much drama for what he's worth. Period. People need to stop enabling him and coddling him like JJ did in this interview. We all know he's good. But that doesn't matter everyone in the NBA is good. He's gotta be better. Period.