Re: Kobi Simmons - Very simple. He should have never committed to UofA. We had so much talent at once there was just no room for him. Justin Simon left and went to St. Johns and was a defensive player of the year for his conference I believe and one of the better players overall in his conference. He should have just transferred out to another school instead of going pro. He sounds bitter now that he's been in the real world playing blue collar ball and isn't in the NBA. That's totally his fault. Maybe he could become a NBA player if he works on his game as he gets older, but the problem is every year there are 15 more Kobi Simmons' added to the G League and directly compete with his skill level. NBA teams will always look at the younger player first. Brandon Ashley was one of the best G League players for a while and he never got a shot in the pros. The game just passes you by if you don't hit the ground running in the first year or 2 unfortunately.
RE: ALLONZO TRIER ----> Not sure what's going on there. He went undrafted I believe. Maybe it had to do with his character, maybe the PEDs. He was virtually James Harden for us. Always ball handling, getting to the line and he did the same thing for the Knicks this year. I think NBA teams made a mistake overlooking him. I wanted the Warriors to draft him so badly, but maybe they passed because he is so demanding of the ball. I don't think players like Trier or Harden can ever shine fully in college where its more of a team game. Harden got his stats, but the team was bad. Wildcats were an elite team while Trier was there so there was only so much he was able to do individually. It also didn't help that he wasn't a 45%+ 3pt shooter for how many dribbles he took on the perimeter. And of course his suspensions were bad. Again, another situation where Trier came to a college that boasted a lot of talent and egos that had to get theirs too.
PS - Not sure about the Out Of Position stuff. He was our SG and he dribbled as much as most PGs. Not sure if he thought of himself as a PG or SF, but he isn't anything like JJ Reddick with the run-around catch and shoot game and he wasn't able to (and didn't want to) guard any bigger athletic SFs so we had to play Rawle there. He also wasn't a passer. So if he thought PG was his position then his game is just selfish like Harden's and with that comment I'll continue to enjoy seeing his rise to all star level in the NBA.
So far Trier's game reminds me a lot of DeMar Derozen. Lots of 2's and lots of Free Throws thriving in the NBA. Maybe he will end up like a solid Rodney Hood contributor. But he has proven he belongs in the NBA and I'm excited to see him get better and better.
Overall I understand where the players come from when they make their comments, but maybe they should start looking inward before projecting outward