Nets coach Steve Nash: Ben Simmons is a 'special, special player without taking jump shots'

Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Nets coach Steve Nash says All-Star forward Ben Simmons doesn’t need to shoot jump shots to be effective on the court.

“I’m not one of those people who thinks Ben has to shoot the ball,” he said. “I don’t. He’s a special, special player without taking any jump shots. There’s other solutions for that. There’s so many things he brings to the table and our group. [Shooting] is not what he brings to the table for us.”

Nash said Simmons looks good through three days of training camp and that “he’s on his way back to his best.” He said shooting is the last thing a team with two Hall of Fame scorers and a newfound abundance of spacing needs from Simmons.

“To me, Ben is an incredible playmaker, he plays point guard, he’s incredible in transition, he’s a good screener, he’s playing out of the half roll and attacking the rim,” Nash said. “Those are the things we need from him”

Birthday boy

For Kevin Durant’s 34th birthday, the Nets welcomed him with a cake — and a singing rookie.


The singing rookie has become an NBA tradition of sorts, with the undrafted Alondes “ManMan” Williams having the honor of publicly — and phonetically — wishing the two-time MVP and team captain a happy birthday.

“It was awful,” Nash said of Williams’ singing.

For Durant’s birthday, however, some members of the team found themselves in a conundrum. Durant signed a four-year, $198M contract extension last year and will tally just short of $500M in career earnings when his current deal expires.

What does a proper birthday gift look like for one of the highest-earning basketball players in league history?


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