Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ced Simmons Could Be Waived by Peristeri

In an article a few weeks back, we told you that it was looking like former Wolfpack center and first round draft pick, Ced Simmons, would be heading across the pond to Greece, where he'd play with Peristeri.

We have now gotten word that Ced may not being going over to Greece after all. According to TheHoop blog, Peristeri is looking into nulling Simmons' contract due to a sprained ankle that has kept him out of the last three days of practice. Their argument is that Simmons is not "fit to play" as advertised. They are already looking for a replacement. This is sadly, another bump in the road for Simmons who has been a true NBA journeyman his first few seasons in the league. Ced, in three years, has already played for four teams (New Orleans, Cleveland, Chicago and Sacramento) and is not looking at his options overseas. Simmons is a truly talented basketball players with great athleticism and a good head. We believe he will certainly find his niche and get his career on the right path in the near future. We'll keep you updated with this situation as best we can.


11 Responses to "Ced Simmons Could Be Waived by Peristeri"
  1. Anonymous said...
    September 23, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    The averages may not back me up on this, but on occasion there actually ARE kids who DO NEED to stay the course and go through all of the proper steps in order to develop to their full potential. It happens in academics as well when a kid shows a great aptitude in a certain subject and the teachers encourage them to move up, only to find that that kid really wasn't mentally mature enough to handle the rigors of that change. So, the kid drops back down, stays with their original classmates, until they are ready to conquer that challenge.

    I was scoffed at when I said that he needed to wait, and whether or not Cedric Simmons would have developed further by staying the course and playing on the collegiate level for a few more years, is a question that will never be answered. But the fact still remains that some kids do absolutely need to spend time developing both mentally and physically BEFORE they step up, and especially when they're stepping into the arena with the absolute heavyweights of their profession.

    I hope he finds his way back.


  2. Afterglow said...
    September 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Good post redfred-if that's you. I too felt he needed another year to develop. I'd say it happens a lot actually and sadly it often seems to come down to those blood sucking agents who stand to gain what ultimately may turn out to be a players loss. If the player doesn't yield years of success; oh well... on to the next.

  3. redfred said...
    September 23, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    AG, it's me, and you are thinking just like I am. Better watch that.

    I started to mention his agent ealier myself, but I figured I had probably typed too much already. Anyway, it would be great if somehow an agent had to reimburse some of the money that he ran off with earlier, once his YOUNG client finds out he had been prematurely pressured into making that kind of a decision. Especially when that client did have other "options" available to him at the time.

    I don't know if Cedric would have ever gone as high in the draft as he did back then, but I think he would have possibly been more prepared to begin his NBA debut on solid footing if he had stayed. And which inturn, could have led him to an actual and stable "career" in that league maybe???

    Who knows?

  4. Anonymous said...
    September 24, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    wph: with regard to writing about kids who left school perhaps to early, how did andrew brackman do? its been a while since you wrote anything about him.


  5. Afterglow said...
    September 24, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Last I heard, he was fighting Tommy John's syndrome-I think that's what it was. Don't know how he's doing otherwise.

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    September 24, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    We have a contact who is close to Brackman and are waiting until the offseason is in full swing before we give him a ring and bring you an update.

  7. redfred said...
    September 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Ah yes, Andrew Brackman, yet another sore subject.

    Looking back, it's absolutely hilarious how the same group of people/NC State fans who were practically shooing Cedric Simmons out the door and at the same time saying that Andrew Brackman would be foolish to stick with his routine and continue as a two sport athlete, are ALL OVER anyone who even mentions that Russell Wilson might be better off concentrating just one sport.

    That thinking is just so inconsistent in one way, and yet, all too consistent and predictable in another. I guess it all depends on which NC State coach they're actually pulling for, and which one they would love to see failing miserably.

  8. j.sol said...
    September 27, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    it's foolish for us to think that we can decide what is best for another individual. these athletes don't owe us anything, they have to do what they feel is right for them, not what would be better for the fans. i hope all the best for those that didn't make it to the next level, keep dreaming, keep working, we live and we learn. i hope there's a team that will pick up simmons soon, he certainly has a lot to offer.

    all is love.

  9. redfred said...
    September 27, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    j.sol, not sure I'm understanding exactly what you're saying there. My point about Simmons was that I thought it would have been better for "Cedric Simmons," not for me or the rest of the fans at NC State, if Cedric Simmons had been advised, and then decided on his own, to stay and get better on the collegiate level first, before he stepping on up to the professional level.

    Still, I might be very wrong about that, but I wasn't being selfish or thinking only about what I wanted when I said it.

  10. j.sol said...
    September 27, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    yeah, i do agree with a lot of what you said, i think him and a few other players would've definitely benefited from another year, but what i was saying is it's hard for me to say that because i don't know what was going through his mind or other players minds that have decided to leave school early. i meant no disrespect and i wasn't directing my comments towards yours, i was just trying to point out a different perspective that even though things don't work out the way we expect them to sometimes, it may be working out for the best after all, it's just hard to see it at the time.

    i hope that clears up where i was coming from some.

  11. redfred said...
    September 27, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    j.sol, I guess none of us have crystal balls.

    Blue ones sometimes maybe, but never crystal.


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