• Metta World Peace talks about Ben Simmons on Shannon Sharpe's podcast
  • Simmons is still with the 76ers despite the player cutting direct contact
  • World Peace believes that Simmons should see a sports psychologist

Times have truly changed when the man formerly known as Ron Artest suggests Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons should go to sports therapy to get his mind right.

Metta World Peace was a guest on NFL legend turned sports analyst Shannon Sharpe’s podcast “Club Shay Shay” when the discussion turned towards Simmons.

Sharpe made the comparison between Simmons and World Peace thanks to the latter’s early career shooting woes before correcting the course and becoming more confident in his shot in the latter stages.

Simmons’ hesitance to shoot was compared by Sharpe to that of swimming. World Peace believes that the situation is “fixable, very fixable”.

“I’m looking at it from a different perspective…I’m looking at it as if he got butterflies. You [Sharpe] probably got butterflies, I got butterflies every game… but you learn to live with it. He has to learn how to live with butterflies,” the retired player stated.

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans
Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans Getty Images | Mitchell Leff

World Peace then admitted that he talked to his therapist throughout their playoff run in 2010 because he didn’t feel like he was strong enough.

“At this point right now, I gotta say he doesn’t believe in himself right now and that’s really crazy,” said World Peace of Simmons.

World Peace then mentioned Draymond Green for his ability to still be an effective player for the Golden State Warriors, despite not shooting the ball often.

He believes that Simmons can exactly be the multi-faceted, defensive-oriented player that Green has become.

“Ben’s [Simmons] gotta shoot. He has to take those rhythm shots. Even if you shoot an airball, you must take ‘em… You gotta break through whatever you’re going through mentally and work on it. Don’t be listening to everybody else,” said World Peace.

Then came the most eye-opening, sign of maturity that comes with age that World Peace said.

“Sports therapy is the most amazing thing ever. He should really seek it. It’s not that he’s psycho or he’s crazy, it’s that sports therapy is normal and he should really consider it.”

Simmons reportedly did begin seeing a sports psychologist last year, but since details have been so tight-lipped, no one knows whether he has continued seeing the said psychologist.

World Peace’s mention of Simmons having the “yips” has been documented in the past by the International Business Times, and having a sports psychologist may be the key to helping Simmons break through his glass ceiling.