SIXERS FAVE SIMMONS’ NBA STAR VALIDATION: DUMB-O CATALDI SAYS HE’LL BE A BUST!

How can I, morning radio blowhard Angeklo Cataldi asks – hardly an expert on college basketball – be so sure of this bold forecast? After 40 years in sports media, let’s just say I have learned that disasters have a distinct pattern. Ben Simmons (above left with Brandon Ingram) fits the prototype of draft busts, a gifted athlete with overpowering character flaws – far too many character flaws.

For example, when he played on the Australian national basketball team, he acquired a nickname: The Yank. This was not a term of endearment. Aussies see Americans as selfish, obnoxious non-conformists. Simmons didn’t listen to coaches. Because he was so talented, he felt a sense of entitlement.

Then he got to LSU, and the imperfections became even easier to detect. Yes, he averaged 19 points a game and 12 rebounds, but he was known to pad his stats late in blowouts, he resisted instruction and he preferred not to take the biggest shots in games, even though he was the best player on a mediocre team.

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