Ben Simmons helped the Philadelphia 76ers crush the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but he saved his biggest shot for the postgame.
Simmons fired back at a Washington Wizards broadcaster who called him ” overrated” during a telecast Friday. Simmons said the criticism from Justin Kutcher of NBC Sports Washington “is what it is” and brushed it off with a jab at Kutcher.
“I see a lot of (expletive) on the internet,” Simmons said. “I scrolled through his Instagram and saw who he was. It is what it is. He’s like a 5-foot-5 commentator for the Wizards. I can’t give it too much attention. … Everyone has their voice and they can say what they want, but it is what it is.”
Kutcher made the comment during the Sixers-Wizards game Friday that Simmons missed due to COVID-19 contact tracing.
“I think Ben Simmons is one of, if not the most, overrated players in the NBA,” Kutcher said.
After his remarks made the rounds on social media, Kutcher took to Twitter later Friday to defend himself and reiterate his criticism, saying Simmons is “just not as good as everyone makes him out to be,” and his accolades are “based on hype.”
Simmons responded Saturday by posting a photo of Kutcher to his Instagram Story and calling him “another casual.”
For the season, Simmons is averaging 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists on 58.1% shooting from the field. He’s helped the Sixers to the best record in the Eastern Conference at 27-12.
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