Nets’ Ben Simmons sounds off after fouling out for 2nd time in 3 games

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons called several of the whistles he received “bulls—” following a 134-124 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, noting that “refs make mistakes too.” While Simmons, who fouled out for the second time in three regular-season games, was frustrated with many calls, the one that drew … Read more

Steve Nash ‘proud’ of Ben Simmons’ bounce-back after rough 1st game

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said he was “proud of” Ben Simmons for the way the talented swingman bounced back in Friday night’s 109-105 win over the Toronto Raptors after a poor showing in the Nets’ season opener. “A step up for Ben,” Nash said after seeing Simmons score six points, grab … Read more

Zion Williamson more than just ‘decent’ in Pelicans return

12:59 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW YORK — Despite praise from his teammates and coach, Zion Williamson called his regular-season return to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night just a “decent starter performance.” “It’s a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “I’m still learning my teammates. Now we get real in-game reps. I’m … Read more

Ben Simmons excited, says he has to be Brooklyn Nets’ motor

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons couldn’t hold back his excitement as he prepared to play in his first regular-season NBA game in almost a year and a half. “Ready to go,” Simmons said after Wednesday’s shootaround, in advance of the Nets’ season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. “Very excited. I’m looking … Read more

Nets’ Ben Simmons dishes on Joel Embiid, air balls, KD and more

Ben Simmons looks and sounds like he’s in a very good place with the Brooklyn Nets. Sitting in the padded courtside seats of Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum during shootaround on Wednesday, the 26-year-old swingman says, after nearly a year and a half away from an NBA floor, he is embracing his new role alongside established stars … Read more

Amid social media criticism, Nets’ Simmons leans on Irving

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons knows that criticism will find him wherever he goes. After years of dealing with verbal barbs from fans — both in person and on social media — the 26-year-old understands that the type of ire he faces comes with being one of the best players in the … Read more

Ben Simmons makes Brooklyn Nets debut

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons made his long-awaited debut with his new team on Monday after almost a year and a half away from the game. After pushing for a trade out of Philadelphia while citing mental health concerns and then dealing with offseason back surgery, Simmons said he felt “amazing” while … Read more

How will KD and Kyrie respond after a drama-filled offseason? Here are the biggest questions still surrounding the Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets gave the NBA offseason extended life. Every move the organization made — and didn’t — was examined; every whisper, every tweet broken down to the syllable as the league watched the turmoil unfold throughout the summer. Kevin Durant, who on June 30 requested a trade, then requested for general manager Sean Marks … Read more

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash lauds Ben Simmons’ versatility as ‘incredible playmaker’

NEW YORK — Coach Steve Nash says he doesn’t care if Ben Simmons “ever shoots a jump shot” for the Brooklyn Nets because of the versatility and unique skill set that he brings to the team. “Very unique,” Nash said of Simmons after the second full practice of training camp on Wednesday. “That’s what makes … Read more

NBArank roundtable – Surprises, snubs and LeBron James’ future

NBArank is in the books for the 2022-23 season. How’d we do? Our top five was unveiled on Friday, with the Milwaukee Bucks‘ Giannis Antetokounmpo reclaiming the No. 1 spot following a three-year absence. The Denver Nuggets‘ Nikola Jokic, Dallas Mavericks‘ Luka Doncic, Philadelphia 76ers‘ Joel Embiid and Golden State Warriors‘ Stephen Curry rounded out … Read more