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Ben Simmons appeared on J.J. Redick’s podcast on Thursday. Here are the most important quotes.

Ben Simmons speaks. It’s been a minute.

On Thursday, J.J. Redick dropped a new episode of The Old Man and the Three, the first episode in two months. He came back with a bang, bringing on Simmons, a former teammate of his, to talk about his journey through the league to this point and everything that happened over the last year and a half.

Simmons, once a Sixer, now a Net, had a rough last season. After a disastrous performance in a series loss to the Atlanta Hawks in 2021 where Simmons shouldered a lot of blame, Simmons requested a trade. Near the deadline, he was moved to the Brooklyn Nets.

Simmons didn’t end up playing at all during the season. In Philly, he cited mental wellness concerns. In Brooklyn as he prepared to get into game shape, he injured his back.

Simmons spoke about everything from college to today. The whole episode is worth a listen, but if you need the important stuff, we’ve got you covered.

Ben Simmons thinks the Nets are far superior to Sixers teams he played on

Some slight shade for the Sixers here! Simmons said this team is far superior to any team he played with in Philly. He specifically cited the team with Ersan Ilyasova and J.J. Redick that won 16 straight regular-season games at the end of the season.

“The talent we have and the type of players that we have. We’re going to be able to run the floor easily, you know we have Clax who can run, he moves incredibly well. Kev, Patty, Ky, Joe, just got Royce, another great 3-and-D guy. I’m missing people but this team right now is just a great fit for what I do and what I bring to the game. I feel like it’s Philly on steroids kind of. In terms of what we had when you [J.J.] were there and Ersan.”

This team is clearly more talent-dense than what Simmons was used to. Previously, it was Simmons and Joel Embiid who had to shoulder the load. Simmons can plug in and complement Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant more in this new setting rather than being a focal point.

The most important thing to Ben Simmons is mental health and peace

Much was made about how much money Simmons risked last year by now showing up to practices and games. He doesn’t care at all.

“I don’t give a f— about the money. I don’t care about the money. It’s not about the money for me now. Like, I want peace and happiness. Like, I wanna be in a good place. And that, if that costs me whatever it costs, that’s what it costs. My peace is more valuable than, you know, money.”

That doesn’t mean Simmons isn’t going to at least try to recoup some of that money, though:

Reporting with @RamonaShelburne and @BobbyMarks42: Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons has filed a grievance to challenge the nearly $20 million of salary withheld to him by the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Story soon on ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 2, 2022

Ben Simmons wouldn’t do things differently

After the turmoil Simmons experienced in the last year and a half, most would expect he would want to rewrite the script completely if afforded the opportunity. Not the case:

“No, because I wouldn’t be here. I don’t think, you could say, ‘yeah, I wish I went up and dunked the ball,’ like, cause that was the whole game. Like come on. Nah, I think if I didn’t go through what I’ve gone through the last year, or and a half, then I wouldn’t be where I’m at now. And I think I needed to go through all that and have those experiences to be where I’m at now.”

Simmons certainly sounds ready to write the next chapter but as far as what’s happened? It’s in the past. Clearly.

Ben Simmons called out Shaq

Simmons had harsh words for commentators, in particular, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley.

Here’s what he had to say about O’Neal:

“I DM’d him and I was like, ‘why are you saying this if you don’t even know the story?’ ‘Cause he always wants to say like yo, we’re LSU brothers, you’re my brother, all this, that. If you’re my LSU brother you would’ve reached out by now and it’s been months since I’ve been dealing with this. You ain’t reached out once and said like, ‘hey, you OK? Like, what’s going on.’”

Ben Simmons is excited to play for Nets, and here’s what he thinks about 3-pointers

Ben Simmons sounds like he’s in a great headspace going into the season.

“It’s gonna be sick. I can’t wait. I’m so excited, changed my number, got a new number, new jersey, I’m just looking forward to it. I think you know, we have a special team. I think if we, you know, get it all together, we’re gonna be champions. So that’s the end goal. If you wanna make a comeback, put on the jersey, feel free. But, yeah, I’m excited, it’s New York City, you know I’m playing with some unbelievable players.”

Simmons also mentioned he’s going to shoot threes. He joked he would shoot five a game even if Durant was wide open. You love to hear it.

Of course, getting it all together makes the Nets one of the most talent-dense teams in the league, but that’s easier said than done. The Nets rarely saw Irving, Durant, and Harden on the floor together when they were teammates. Durant is cordial with the team for now, but will that last?

It remains to be seen. At least the Nets know Simmons is locked in.

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Browns Urged to Make Controversial Move at Quarterback Position

Getty Images Jacoby Brissett and Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns.

Jacoby Brissett has performed well for the Cleveland Browns through three weeks, so much so that some are pondering if the AFC North contender has a quarterback controversy on their hands.

The Browns are 2-1 with Brissett at the starter and that could easily be 3-0 if not for a defensive meltdown and some bad clock management in Week 2 against the Jets. Brissett’s numbers haven’t been Pro Bowl worthy, but he’s looked sharp as a fill-in for Deshaun Watson, who is serving an 11-game suspension. Brissett has recorded 596 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in three games.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk proposed the idea of the Browns sticking with Brissett for the entire year, rather than inserting Watson later in the season once his ban is over. Most of his theory is based on the assumption that the Browns are doing well and still in the hunt come December. Here’s what Florio had to say:

What’s in the best interests of the team, sticking with the hot hand or inserting a quarterback who will have gone 700 days exactly between regular-season games?

It may not be an issue. The Browns could be 5-6 or worse after eleven games, making the return of Watson a no-brainer. At some point, however, it shouldn’t be automatic that Watson will become the starter, not after missing so much time.

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Jacoby Brissett Postgame Press Conference vs. Steelers | Cleveland BrownsJacoby Brissett addresses the media after the 29-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers #PostgameHome #PressConference2022-09-23T04:29:43Z

Throughout his career, Brissett has served as a backup to some high-profile quarterbacks. But he also came to the table in Cleveland with some starting experience of his own. Prior to this season, he had 37 starts to his name and a record of 14-23 in those contests.

Brissett is 29 years old and understands his opportunities as a starting quarterback in the NFL could be limited going forward. He’s been embracing the chance with the Browns and was emotional at the podium following the team’s Week 1 win.

“Right now, so many thoughts and emotions are going through my head now,” Brissett said. “Leading up to this, these aren’t promised. So whenever you get an opportunity, you cherish those opportunities.”

That being said, Brissett isn’t listening to any outside noise. He’s only concerned about winning games for the Browns.

“I am not in this to answer anybody’s questions. I am in here to play good football, play for my teammates and enjoy this moment,” Brissett said on September 22. “That is really what it is all about. I can look those guys in their faces and tell them I am giving them my best. That is what I look forward to.”

Watson Will be Able to Return to Browns Facilities Next Month

Watson won’t be eligible to return until December 4 for a matchup against his former team, the Houston Texans. However, he’ll be permitted back in the Browns’ facilities on October 10 to participate in limited activities. Watson has been working out away from the team with his personal quarterback coach Quincy Avery.

In the meantime, Brissett will continue to improve as he holds down the fort.

“He was solid. Didn’t start fast. There were a couple of throws I think he want maybe throw/reads or play calls that we did not start fast enough,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said after the win against the Steelers. “That is me. I have to get him going early and get our offense going early so I will take that. Made some throws and made some big throws in big moments. Battled. He is doing a nice job.”

The next test for the Browns and Brissett comes against the Atlanta Falcons on the road.

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