Channing Frye advises Ben Simmons to switch his shooting hand

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Channing Frye has suggested for Ben Simmons to switch his shooting hand from his left to his right. The 13-year NBA player-turned analyst says the Sixers Point Guard “can’t get any lower.”

“I’m just going to speak for (LeBron). I’d tell (Simmons) to switch hands. LeBron is left handed and he shoots right handed, but he does things left handed. Ben, you already can’t get any lower because you don’t take shots. So, let’s work with the other hand, because then it’s new, it’s fresh, and you don’t have the yips.”

Channing Frye’s advice for Ben Simmons

As Frye alluded to, LeBron James is indeed left-handed. He does almost all everyday tasks with his left hand, although he shoots a basketball with his right hand. The new Los Angeles Lakers star explained why he shoots with his right hand in a post-game press conference in 2017 when he was still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I have no idea how I became a right handed basketball player. I think, maybe, it was because of Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway, guys that I looked up to growing up. Seeing those guys shoot righty, I guess I’ll shoot righty. I’m pretty much a left hand guy.”

LeBron James explaining how he became a right handed basketball player

As for Simmons, he’s similar to LeBron because he shoots with his non-dominant hand. The 76ers Point Guard is a natural righty. He shoots with his left hand, though, because that is the hand his dad taught him to shoot with when he was a child.

Following Philadelphia’s disappointing second-round exit in this year’s playoffs, fans and media alike seemed tired of the narrative that Simmon’s jump shot would finally be fixed. The 76ers brass said that they have a plan to fix their star PG’s shooting woes, though. They said they’re going to suggest that Simmons switch his shooting hand. It seems Simmons is getting that suggestion a lot these days.

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