You won’t find many people that follow the NBA that want to rush to stick up for Ben Simmons. The Brooklyn Nets guard missed the entire NBA season and despite initially teasing a potential return in Game 4 of the team’s first round series against the Celtics, he is now saying he has a bad back.
Doug Gottlieb isn’t ready to absolve Simmons of all criticism, but he thinks some of it is unfair. He points specifically to TNT’s Reggie Miller, who tweeted on Monday that Simmons lacks “competitive fire.”
Gottlieb pointed out that Miller wasn’t nearly as hard on Zion Williamson. He was the analyst for a game that featured the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns. Williamson was listed as out, but still managed to pull off a 360 dunk during warm ups.
“The competitive fire thing, where is that about Zion?” Doug Gottlieb said on his FOX Sports Radio show Monday.
He said it was absolutely fair to say that Ben Simmons has no equity with fans. He isn’t even well-liked in his home country of Australia. Still, he is taking criticism other players missing playoff games aren’t.
“We all like Zion Williamson. Everybody wants to see Zion Williamson play. Don’t we? And maybe it’s because Ben Simmons didn’t shoot last year in the playoffs. Maybe it was because of what he was wearing I guess. I don’t know. But have you noticed that I haven’t seen these tweets about Zion Williamson.”
Doug Gottlieb also said that it feels like a waste of time and effort to be mad at Simmons for missing Game 4 of a playoff series when he hasn’t played all season. He said that there is no way Reggie Miller believes that Ben Simmons is the difference between the Nets getting swept and staying alive.
While it isn’t fair to be critical of a player not willing to play through injury, Gottlieb says Simmons does deserve to be called out for how he handled the offseason. He didn’t work on his shot. He didn’t play for Australia at the Olympics. It is, in Gottlieb’s eyes, part of a trend with Simmons.
“Ben Simmons is as talented a player as I have ever seen in the college game. The game was easy to him, but he just didn’t work! I watched him shoot, and he didn’t work. That’s a fair critique. I do not believe it’s a fair critique to go, ‘Hey, guy’s not playing because of competitive fire. Guy’s not playing essentially because he’s faking it. He’s pouting.’”
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”