Three days after the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Atlanta Hawks, discussion continues to swirl about how the Sixers move forward, particularly with Ben Simmons.
A three-time All-Star, Simmons has established himself as an all-world defender and elite passer in the four seasons that he's played with the Sixers. However, the former No. 1 overall pick has not developed a jump shot, which in many senses has rendered him useless in late-game situations where a player making north of $30 million usually asserts himself.
With quite a bit of frustration about Simmons averaging just 9.9 points per game in the series loss to the Hawks, a clip resurfaced of the late Kobe Bryant giving his thoughts on Simmons in 2019.
"Well, he's gotta get a jumpshot," Bryant said when asked about Simmons, an answer that drew laughs from the crowd. "Listen, it sounds humorous and all that, but I'm deadass serious. If not, he'll regret it when his career is over. When you look at what he's doing now without that, it's astonishing. Now imagine you can shoot the ball. What does that open up for you? You don't want to retire and look back and go 'Man, if I just had a jump shot, what would I have done?' You don't want that, you don't want that. So I don't care if you have to lock yourself in the gym for 10 hours a day. If this kid gets a jumpshot, it's a serious, serious problem. To answer your question, sky is the limit for him. He can be as good as he wants to be."
You can watch the full clip below: