Shaquille O’Neal isn’t holding back when it comes to his feelings regarding Ben Simmons’ situation with the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons has asked the Sixers for a trade and doesn’t plan to report to the team until his wish is granted, and that doesn’t sit right with O’Neal, especially following Simmons’ underwhelming performance in the playoffs last season.
“One, he’s not showing up. As a player, you have to be able to be real with yourself,” O’Neal said during a recent appearance on CBS Sports Network’s “Tiki and Tierney.” “You need to be aggressive and he definitely got exposed last year in the playoffs, he didn’t want to shoot.
“You have to look in the mirror and say ‘Am I as good as I can be?’ He’s going about it all wrong,” O’Neal added.
“I have G-14 classification to say what I’m about to say, and so does Charles Barkley: Ben Simmons, you’re not that good,” O’Neal said.