Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’ Neal rarely agree on things, but when it comes to Ben Simmons, it appears their on the same page.
Barkley and O’Neal shared their thoughts on the Simmons Philadelphia 76ers situation during the latest episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” Barkley, a former 76er, began by saying he is “disappointed” in Simmons.
“When you give somebody $200 million to dribble a stupid basketball and the only thing you asked him is to be better as a player, and their first response is, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’ That disappoints me as a player and disappoints me as a fan,” Barkley said.
That criticism was nothing compared to the way Shaq blasted Simmons. The four-time NBA champion bluntly stated that Simmons is “not that good” and said he has to work on his game to reach the next level.
“Don’t be putting pictures on Instagram of your Ferrari or what actresses you’re hanging around with,” Shaq said. “When you play for a town like Philadelphia, Boston, L.A., Miami, hard-working towns, they don’t give a s— about none of that. They want you to come, work hard and play hard.”
This isn’t the first time either men have ripped Simmons publicly. Clearly both feel Simmons need to own up to his flaws before ripping the 76ers.