Ben Simmons injury, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers trade, Boomers, Olympics

Ben Simmons said he would represent Australia “one hundred percent” at the Olympics one day, saying it was one of his “dreams” while opening up his move to the Brooklyn Nets.

Talk to The good weekend As part of a wide-ranging interview, an honest Simmons reflected on the disappointing nature of his exit from the Sixers and his hopes for the future.

Those hopes include finally putting on the green and gold for the Boomers, having missed out on being part of Australia’s historic run to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games.

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“I was in the middle of shit,” Simmons told the magazine, reversing his decision not to play in Tokyo.

“Of course I wanted to go out there and play with Dante Exum and Joe Ingles and Patty Mills – those are my guys. But there’s not much to say: I was in a bad place and I didn’t play. Do I want to play for Australia? One hundred percent. Will I do it one day? One hundred percent. “I’m going to the Olympics. It’s not a question – it’s a dream of mine. But I also won’t let people tell me when and how I do things.

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Team Australia’s Patty Mills celebrates with her bronze medal. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Unfortunately for Simmons, his NBA career thus far has largely been defined by the opinions of others and that was especially true in Philadelphia. Although it wasn’t all bad.

“I had a great time there. I didn’t mind living there…for a while,” Simmons said.

“But I got out of that,” he added.

Now in Brooklyn, not everything has gone to plan for Simmons, who is currently out with a knee injury.

But talk to The good weekend two weeks before this season, the 26-year-old said he was in his “happy place” and was “starting to feel good”.

“You are in your happy place. You’re feeling good. You feel well. You feel present in the moment,” he said.

“For two years I felt like I lost that and just went with the flow. But right now, I feel amazing. It’s almost paradise.

Ben Simmons feels amazing. Dustin Satloff/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

The spotlight has followed Simmons since he first signed with Louisiana State University and has only intensified in recent years.

It’s not just Simmons who has felt the brunt of the criticism, with her mother Julie describing the ‘relentless level of hatred’ as ‘totally disproportionate’.

“I got to a point where I was so angry, because I felt what they were doing was dangerous and misinformed and just plain wrong,” she added.

“It’s almost become a sport – piling up and making a joke about it, making a joke about him, but he’s a person. He’s my son.

He is also a sibling and Simmons’ older sister Melissa has revealed the level of scrutiny was so bad it even started to impact the 26-year-old’s charity work.

Simmons has partnered with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit organization that donates winter coats to children in need, for several years in Philadelphia.

“We were a little worried that people in Philadelphia wouldn’t wear the coat if they knew it was from Ben Simmons,” Melissa said, also revealing that a few kids dropped out of tech scholarships because her name was. attached.

“It was heartbreaking.”

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Simmons spoke about the lack of support from some teammates and coaches in Philadelphia in September and made similar admissions to The good weekend.

“I certainly didn’t handle the situation the right way after the season, but there are two sides,” he said. “Your teammates are supposed to support you. Your coaches are supposed to support you. And I didn’t have that at all. »

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