Draymond Green sends Ben Simmons anti-hater birthday message
Green sends Simmon's anti-haters birthday message, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Sixers star Ben Simmons returned to Instagram this week after a month of absence from his most active social media platform, posting on his 25 'unexpected post-season second round exit.
Simmons said after losing in the playoff that he needed time out to get his "mental right", and part of that was likely to be social media abandonment, where regular basketball fans are still adamant about his poor free throw in the playoffs harass.
But in the middle of the Troll Sea and the normal "Happy Birthday!" Posts from his various celebrity friends, Simmons received a cool and encouraging message on Instagram from none other than Draymond Green.
Here's what Green, whose post was strangely buried in Instagram's obscure comments section despite more than 1,700 likes, had to say to Simmons:
And for everyone who cannot read the screenshot or who would like to have the message in text form:
“Man, stop letting these people invade your head, young king. Enjoy your birthday, basketball has nothing to do with it so don't let them intertwine life and basketball for you. Enjoy your life and enjoy hoop. I deserve both! You don't owe anyone anything! You deserve everything you have!
I really love this message from Green. He doesn't say Simmons is a perfect player the way he is, and he doesn't just say "ignore the haters!" because haters, motivators, etc.
Green reminds Simmons that basketball isn't the only thing in his life and that finding a balance between work and other interests and personal activities is extremely important.
So often we see athletes linking their personal identities to their professional sports careers, and when something goes wrong or their careers simply come to an end, these athletes find it difficult to adapt because they don't know who they are outside of the sport.
Fortunately for Simmons, he seems to have a number of different interests outside of basketball - video games, wine and food, music, and a general, bigger sense of culture - but it's still good advice from Green. Simmons should want to improve on the court considering this is one of his greatest passions in life, but he shouldn't let basketball flaws rule him entirely.
Of course, it's also funny, and probably not entirely coincidental, that a guy in Green who doesn't shoot the ball very well and whose effects on the court are sometimes difficult to quantify through traditional counting statistics should stand up for a guy in Simmons who does. ' not shooting the ball very well and its impact on the field is sometimes difficult to quantify using traditional counting statistics.
But generally very cool to see this from Green.
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