Ben Simmons the butt of the joke in NBA team's savage sledge

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Ben Simmons has hit two three-pointers so far this NBA season, but his weakness from outside is still being picked on by opponents.

Usually this is limited to almost ignoring Simmons completely on offence - but the Boston Celtics took things a step further as they sledged rookie Grant Williams.

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Williams, a power forward selected with the 22nd pick in the 2019 draft, has endured a horrible shooting stretch to kick off his NBA career.

Minutes can be hard to come by as a rookie, but Williams had plenty of time to spin as the Celtics blew out the lacklustre Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Ben Simmons has been revealed to be the butt of a joke among rivals, the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

With the game well in hand, Williams had license to go for broke - finally splashing his first career triple.

His teammates could be seen wildly celebrating as the shot dropped through the net, with Jaylen Brown revealing after the game the team had invoked the name of the 76ers superstar as a way of ribbing the rookie.

“Yeah, we were calling him Ben Simmons,” Brown told reporters after the game.

Simmons would be well served heeding the advice of the other high profile Brown in his life - Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, who has been urging the Aussie point guard to take at least one three each game.

It’s an instruction that has yet to be heeded, but one Simmons would do well to observe.

Lizzo steals the show at Lakers/Timberwolves game

If only we could all have as much fun at an NBA game as Lizzo did on Monday.

The pop superstar was a keen spectator for the Los Angeles Lakers big win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, which was headlined by a 50-point explosion from Anthony Davis.

Davis won the big man battle on the court with Karl-Anthony Towns, but the Timberwolves star can at least salvage a bit of satisfaction knowing that Lizzo was keeping a close eye on his game.

“Let me tell you something, both teams are great,” she said when she was interviewed from her courtside seats.

“I’m personally cheering for 32 (Towns).”

The ‘Truth Hurts’ and ‘Juice’ star even put on a show for the crowd at one point, jumping out of her seat and dancing to one of her own songs when she was shown in the Staples Center jumbotron.

The crowd got more than they bargained for, when it was revealed Lizzo’s outfit had a little less fabric around the derriere than usual.