The Brooklyn Nets have been a complete mess to start the 2022-23 season. Their depth has failed to produce early on, Steve Nash has already been fired, and Kyrie Irving has been suspended for at least five games for promoting an antisemitic film and refusing to apologize for his actions. But maybe the most concerning issue early on (from an on-court perspective, of course) has been Ben Simmons' struggles.
Simmons may have jinxed himself before the start of the 2022-23 season
Simmons came over from the Philadelphia 76ers in a trade last season but didn't play because of a back injury. The hope was that Simmons would be the missing piece to the puzzle for the Nets and that teaming him up with Irving and Kevin Durant would instantly make them a title contender. Yet Simmons is currently dealing with knee soreness that has prevented him from playing in the Nets' last three games, and even when he has played, he hasn't exactly been good for Brooklyn (6.2 PPG, 7.3 APG, 6.5 RPG, 44.3 FG%).
Things certainly haven't gone as expected for Simmons or the Nets so far, and while there's still time for him to turn things around, he may ultimately not get that opportunity, as Brooklyn is reportedly already looking to trade the point forward. Ironically enough, an interview Simmons had back in September hit the internet today, and some of Simmons' quotes haven't exactly aged well. It's fair to wonder if he may have jinxed his 2022-23 season before it even started.
"I love when people are talking shit, wanting to see me down, because in my head I'm playing with house money. I know I'm not gonna go out there and suck. I know that's not going to happen. I would have to be a different person." - Ben Simmons, The Sydney Morning Herald
Ben Simmons' quote here has aged quite poorly
Talk about a bad time for an interview to come out. Before the season, Simmons spoke with an air of confidence that we hadn't seen from him in quite some time. But since the season started, Simmons has been playing scared on the court, and while it will obviously take some time for him to get adjusted to playing in the NBA again, the early results have been atrocious.
It's quite amazing how spectacularly this quote has backfired on Simmons. He confidently proclaims that he will be fine in his return to the court and that he would have to be a different person in order to play poorly when he returned to the action. It sounds good, but Simmons has done nothing to back up anything he said in this interview.
Compared to all the other problems that the Nets have going on for them right now, Simmons' absurd quotes in the interview likely aren't very important. But it shows how big of a mess things are for Brooklyn right now, and their situation with Simmons likely won't get better anytime soon. The Nets are imploding in front of our eyes, and it's only a matter of time until everything comes crashing down at once.