Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash believes Ben Simmons needs more time to adjust to the 2022-23 NBA season. On Wednesday night, the Nets lost 130-108 at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Simmons ended his performance with 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 23 minutes of action. He fouled out early in the fourth quarter. The guard shot 2-of-3 from the field.

According to a few NBA betting sites, the Nets have top-3 odds to win the championship in 2023. Of course, some sportsbooks are showing higher odds for the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.

During the postgame press conference, Nash was asked why Simmons struggled. “I just think he’s rusty. The guy hasn’t played in over a year. He’s still getting used to referees, defense, offense.”

“This is a process for Ben. He’s shown obviously glimpses of the player we know he is and can be, but it’s not easy. We’re here to support him.”