Legendary NBA big man Shaquille O’Neal has some blunt advice for Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons.
O’Neal and his fellow TNT analyst, Charles Barkley, weighed in on the trade rumors surrounding the former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star had a brutally honest message for Simmons.
“Ben Simmons, you’re not that good,” Shaq said. “In this league, do you want to be good? Or do you want to be great? You’re not great. But if you want to get to that next level, you have to be great, and to be great, you have to work on your game.
“Don’t be putting pictures up on your Instagram of your Ferrari or what actress you’re hanging around with. When you play for a down like Philadelphia, Boston, L.A., Miami, hard-working town, they don’t give a s–t about none of that. They want you to come work hard and play hard.”
Shaq and Chuck share their thoughts on Ben Simmons’ reported trade request from Philly 👀
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 9, 2021
Barkley had a similar message.
“They’re not saying, ‘Come over and cut my grass,’ they’re saying ‘Ben, we need you to learn how to shoot the basketball,” Barkley added.
Simmons is rumored to want out of Philadelphia, though the former LSU Tigers star remains on the roster.
Trade rumors continue to swirl, though.
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