Didn’t make it down to Sixers camp yesterday, but you might have seen this clip floating around on Twitter.
It’s Ben Simmons in a scrum with reporters, when Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times asks him about shooting three pointers in practice:
Ben Simmons does not want to give daily updates on how many shots he’s taking and if he’s made 3s
“Yeah I’ve had shots. I’ve played basketball. Come on man, that’s a dumb question”
Reporter mentions no made 3s in a game
“You’re right. I haven’t. But I’m an All-Star so” pic.twitter.com/6FNHbZWpgg
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 3, 2019
Jack’s first question is cut off in that clip, but it goes like this:
“Have you been getting any three point looks open in practice and are you satisfied with your opportunities to take them?”
Totally reasonable question. There’s nothing at all wrong with that.
Here’s Ben’s response to the question:
“Yeah, I’ve had shots.”
That’s the four-word answer that continues with the exchange you see above in the John Clark snippet.
So two thoughts here:
- Ben Simmons DOES come off sounding like a dick when talking about his jump shot.
- There is too much media availability in the NBA, which results in players becoming annoyed because they’re repeatedly asked the same questions over and over again.
I’ll elaborate on point #2 first:
For context, this was the third time Ben Simmons had to speak with reporters this week. He spoke Monday during media day, he spoke Tuesday on the first day of camp, and then spoke Thursday on the third day of camp. So that’s one podium session of about 10 minutes and two five minute post-practice scrums. 20 Minutes overall does not seem like it’s too much to ask, but when a guy has to speak with reporters three times in four days, it just dilutes the quality of questions and answers.
Because sometimes less is more. I’m a believer that coaches and players give us better answers when they don’t see us as frequently, because you can build up a fatigue from having to stand in front of cameras and face repetitive questions day-in and day-out. My personal preference would be to speak to Ben Simmons twice a week for 25 minutes each vs. five times at 10 minutes each. That might sound strange, but you’re still getting 50 minutes total, and I think he’d be inclined to give better, more thoughtful answers when not having to talk to us every day.
Just personal preference, and it’s a philosophical thing. I’m not advocating for LESS availability, I just think it benefits us to organize it in a different way.
Finally, to point #1:
Ben has to get over himself. Your jump shot is a big deal. You are going to be asked about it until you actually take and make a three-pointer or mid-range jump shot in a game. Either just bullshit your way through these questions with diplomatic non-answers, or show up to tomorrow’s scrimmage in Wilmington and start firing from downtown. You yourself can make the “dumb questions” go away.
- Jack’s question was perfectly fine
- I completely understand why Ben is annoyed
- He can, however, make himself look better in front of the media