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Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons
Position: F
Born: 07/20/96
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:230 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $8,113,929
What do you got to say to people that keep asking you about your jump shot? Nothing really. … I don’t care. I’m working, what do you want me to do? I’m working. That’s all a part of it. Everybody has things they’re not good at or as good at, and that was one of my weaknesses for sure, 100 percent. Everybody has a weakness. But I’m still dropping 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. And that’s at a superhigh level. There’s not many guys — probably three, four guys — in the NBA who are doing that.
The 2020 Olympics. Should we be expecting you to suit up for Australia’s basketball team in Japan? Ben Simmons: If everything goes smoothly and correctly, that’s where I want to be. I definitely want to represent Australia in the Olympics. It’s a dream. And if I’m able to bring a medal and help this team and do something right for the country and bring a positive light to it, I would love to do that. And I want to do that alongside Patty Mills, hopefully [Andrew] Bogut, [Aron] Baynes, Dante [Exum], Joe Ingles, all those guys. I want to do that with them, and I think we can do something special.
Storyline: Olympics
Anything that you noticed racismwise when you came to the United States? Ben Simmons: The best example would be just seeing Confederate flags on the back of trucks, stickers, even in certain restaurants in Louisiana. I was like, ‘Yo, this is different.’ I wouldn’t go in certain places if I saw the flag. But some of my teammates were oblivious to it to where they would go in and I’m like, ‘I kind of want to go in there and rip that down, then I’ll come in.’ But it’s things like that. Just knowing there is still that side of racism and people who are narrow-minded towards other people and other people’s beliefs and just people of a different race.
Simmons spent the summer in the gym — working out twice a day, six days a week — to improve his jump shot. But until it’s ready for NBA games, he’ll continue relying on everything else that made him a first-time All-Star last season at 22 years old. “I lack something that I’m not as great at, but in other areas I’m very great,” Simmons said. “I run the floor as well as anybody. I’m physical. I can rebound at 6-foot-10. I’m a point guard that can guard 1 through 5. That’s just one thing that’s coming into my game, which I’m excited about.”