Ben Simmons is still out of action for the Brooklyn Nets, but that hasn’t stopped him from contributing to the team in other valuable ways.
On Wednesday night, Brooklyn defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to qualify for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Simmons was on hand to cheer his squad on, but that wasn’t what he ultimately ended up making headlines for.
Rather, what folks couldn’t help but notice was Simmons’ choice of outfit.
The photos largely speak for themselves:
Ben Simmons update on TNT: “His outfit is made of lamb.” pic.twitter.com/44NN4iOlCL
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 12, 2022
Reactions from Twitter, as one would expect, came rather quickly:
Ben Simmons looking like he just got back from The Masters pic.twitter.com/5Qzg00GEdb
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) April 12, 2022
No. Deer in headlights. https://t.co/WxXYIak6nj
— Dr. Rob McMonagleFree Navalny (@DocMcMonagle) April 13, 2022
If they lose the chip ima blame this fit https://t.co/jovaO6zauK
— LORD TENGEN (@tunnelvizzion) April 13, 2022
in ’s clothing https://t.co/IfrrAG1Ulu
— Danny Jung (@djung92) April 13, 2022
Ben Simmons on the sideline in his green lambskin outfit watching KD and Kyrie dominate pic.twitter.com/s0O8f6xCgU
— BetMGM (@BetMGM) April 12, 2022
Need to work on his game https://t.co/Xl7M3whJ51
— MD Ruff Riders (@RuffRidersHoops) April 13, 2022
This fit was tough no cap https://t.co/kGhRkB7kPC
— Nnamdi Adogu (@Dee_Amiri) April 13, 2022
Ben Simmons isnt sitting out , hes just been runnning scout team as the celtics pic.twitter.com/GnksVD2rgf
— PFT Commenter (@PFTCommenter) April 12, 2022
Simmons continues to be out of action with a bizarre back injury that he somehow attained after not playing for the entire season and getting traded by the Philadelphia 76ers.
It goes without saying that it has led to a lot of alarm and concern both inside and outside the Nets’ organization.
Yes, everyone on the team appeared to hate James Harden, and yes, he is already having issues in Philly, but at least he was able to play.
Simmons, meanwhile, continues to ride the bench in street clothing. And by all accounts, that doesn’t look like it will change any time soon:
Steve Nash says Ben Simmons hasn’t started sprinting and hasn’t progressed beyond 1-0 workouts yet.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 12, 2022
Brooklyn has a tough playoff series against the Boston Celtics in the first round. Simmons’ defensive prowess would be helpful, but it seems unrealistic that he’d be ready to play.
Especially not after missing the entire year.
That’s one way to celebrate 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting, five rebounds, four turnovers and six fouls.https://t.co/zXkaC9t1fX
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 13, 2022
If the Nets can advance, maybe Simmons can make an appearance – but even that appears unlikely.
For better or worse, it seems like the likeliest scenario in which fans will see Simmons this year is in his provocative little outfits, on the sidelines, not really doing much to help his team.