According to ESPN reporter Jackie McMullan, Simmons has agreed to work with a sports psychologist to help him out of the psychological forbidden zone where he is afraid to shoot three points. In the past, the help from the 76ers team, teammates and friends has proved to be of no help.
Simmons said he could actually score three points. I know the ball will go in. For me, its about feeling comfortable. Its like I can hook high on my elbow, because Ive practiced so many times, and Im confident that the same goes for three points. Its like instinct.
Now it seems that Simmons tried to seek the help of a psychologist, and had initial success. In the warm-up game of the 76ers 90-83 victory over the Grizzlies today, Simmons played 23 minutes, made 4-of-9 shots, got 9 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. It is worth mentioning that his 3-point shot is 2-for-1, which is a big improvement for him.
At the beginning of the game, Simmons had three points to shoot, but he didnt hit. Shortly after the start of the third quarter, with only 1 minute and 14 seconds, Simmons, who landed in the right corner of the field, picked up a pass from teammate Harris and decisively shot from outside the 3-point line to help the team lead 57-28.
So far this season, Simmons has made two of six 3-point shots in the regular season, and in his first two seasons, he hasnt made a three-point shot. Wait until the start of the second round, Simmons can break the heart of fear of long shot, in one fell swoop.