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"If you're my LSU brother, you would have reached out by now!" — Ben Simmons takes a shot at Shaquille O'Neal for not supporting him

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Shaquille O'Neal and Ben Simmons

NBA players, especially stars, are no strangers to scrutiny and hate from the media, fans, and everybody around the league. But I'm pretty sure nobody endured more of that than Ben Simmons while sitting out the entire last year. It was so bad, Ben wasn't even safe from legends like Shaquille O'Neal or Charles Barkley.

Alma mater brothers

The whole drama around Simmons, his abrupt exit from the Sixers, trade to Brooklyn, back issues, mental health problems, and everything in between stirred a lot of talk and controversy last year. A handful of people expressed their support for Ben and his struggles, but the majority raised their eyebrows and believed it was all smoke to cover up his fear of stepping on the court again.

It got pretty bad, and some of the loudest critics were two NBA legends, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley. On multiple occasions, the two called out Simmons, saying he isn't that good, that they would knock him out, or simply label him a punk for his moves.

When you look at the fact Charles actually had a relationship with Simmons, living in the city of Philadelphia, and Shaq being his alma mater brother from LSU, the words hit even harder for Simmons, who didn't like the two legends ripping him.

In a recent interview with JJ Redick, Simmons explained why he had a problem with Shaq and Chuck getting personal.

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"I think it's kinda ignorant at times. Shaq and Chuck, what they're saying because they have a platform to protect us and do good. They're supposed to criticize us. We are basketball players. But when it comes to personal stuff, I think there's a level of respect they should have."

Ben Simmons, The Old Man and the Three

Ben then went in even deeper on his relationship with Shaq, sharing how he went to him for help leading to Shaq only airing it out and continuing to do the same, leading to huge disappointment for the Nets star.

"Even Shaq, when I was dealing with everything going on, I actually messaged him, and he put it out, and I was like, alright...He always wants to say we're LSU brothers, you're my bother, this that. If you're my LSU brother, you would have reached out by now, and it's been months since I've been dealing with this. And you ain't reach out once...It's fu*king Shaquille O'Neal. I got Shaq hating on me. That's crazy!"

Ben Simmons, The Old Man and the Three

Ben was dealing with hate all season long, and he didn't appreciate the fact he had to reach out to Shaq instead of it being the other way around. For someone that calls him his LSU brother, this wasn't the appropriate behavior. When Shaq got DM'ed by Simmons, he pledged not to go after Simmons anymore and stay quiet.

But that didn't last long, as the report of Simmons sitting out game 4 versus the Celtics in the 2022 playoffs made Shaq incredibly disappointed and mad.

Although the two had a great connection, Simmons has lost a lot of respect for Shaq and his support, as it will be interesting to see if "The Big Diesel" will respond to these accusations from Ben.

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