Simmons snubbed from All Stars — again
JUST days after Ben Simmons' All Star aspirations were reawakened by a shocking knee injury to New York star Kristaps Porzingis, the Australian's been snubbed - again.
Earlier this week Knicks medical staff confirmed brilliant Knights fan favourite Porzingis had torn his ACL after toppling to the ground after a dunk on Milwaukee Star Giannis Antetokounmpou, and many called for Simmons to be his replacement.
The calls fell on deaf ears it seems with Kemba Walker named as the replacement for Porzingis.
Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid led the support for Simmons who, before today's announcement, had been snubbed for an All-Star invite numerous times as players pulled out with injuries.
NBA coaches and the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, instead went with veteran players as replacements.
"I hope they don't do the same bulls**t, the same mistake they've been doing before with the last two guys who got injured," Embiid told reporters after Simmons dropped an impressive 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block in the 76ers' win over the Washington Wizards earlier this week.
"I think he deserves it, he has been playing well the whole season, and he has been a beast lately."
Selection would have seen Simmons become the first Australian to receive the honour and the first rookie since Blake Griffin in 2011.
It is rare for rookies to be named All-Stars with many NBA players, coaches and executives believing players need to prove themselves beyond one season. Simmons scored the third-most fan votes among Eastern Conference guards but that was not enough for coaches and Silver to select him.