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Doug Gottlieb: ‘Why Isn’t Reggie Miller Questioning Zion Williamson’s Fire?’

“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.”

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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.’”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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