Ryan Hollins: “It’s incredibly hard. For me, I pride myself on giving the player’s perspective when we’re discussing a story. But I am going to tell the truth and honestly critique guys. Here’s a recent example: I made a very true statement about Ben Simmons, saying that he’s not going to succeed in the playoffs until he develops a jump shot. He’s nice during the regular season, but that’s not going to work in the postseason. The clip went absolutely viral and everyone took it like I was dogging Ben Simmons. Nobody paid attention to the part where I said he’s the NBA’s next big star or where I said that he’s going to be an All-Star for years to come. Nobody paid attention to those positive parts; they only focused on [the negativity]. Well, I saw Ben Simmons at the NBA Awards and it was very awkward. But those are the statements I’m going to stick behind. If someone has a problem with it, they have a problem with it. It is a tough thing because you’re inevitably going to run into these guys. But like I said, I’m quick to share the player’s side or tell a story from my career so people get the player’s perspective when we’re discussing a topic. It’s not like I’m always negative.”