Maybe one day Philadelphia sports fans will forgive Ben Simmons for not playing for the 76ers last season, not shooting for four consecutive quarters and the way he passed the ball to the Sixer. the only one, who is supposed to be a worse gunman than he is instead of plunging into Trae Young.
Strange things happened. I’m sure no one in 1967 thought Mike Ditka would return to the Chicago Bears and win the Super Bowl as their head coach. Jay Z and Nas recorded several songs together.
On Tuesday night, Ben Simmons will make his first appearance in Philadelphia in a non-home team uniform. Fans will be in full attendance.”ether” and “Undertake” vibe from the moment he stepped out of the hotel. It will be like the last time the Brooklyn Nets played in Philly last season and Simmons got injured. But hopefully, with fans able to really express their displeasure at an active Simmons, it’s possible that some closing could lead to a disappointing period for the franchise. 76ers basketball.
Simmons is not simply the No. 1 overall pick. He is seen as a potential generational talent. Longer than LeBron James, but with all court vision. Simmons was selected to direct Philly’s offense from Day One, but he broke his leg and missed the entire 2016–17 season.
The following season, the Simmons won Rookie of the Year, and the 76ers had the most total wins – 52 – since they made it to the NBA Finals in 2001. They lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2018 knockouts, but it seems that Embiid and Simmons have a bright future. Jimmy Butler was added ahead of the 2018-19 season and pushed the eventual NBA Champion Toronto Raptors to the brink.
Instead of keeping all three with Tobias Harris, Butler was traded and the key to the offense was once again firmly in Simmons’ hands. Ask a 76ers fan, and they’ll probably tell you he pushed the team into a tree.
Loud rumblings of displeasure filled Philadelphia as did Simmons’ terrible number of free throws and his refusal to shoot outside the paint. The Sixers played badly in the 2020 bubble knockout, then Brett Brown was fired and Doc Rivers was hired. In the 2020-21 season shortened due to COVID, the 76ers finished in first place in the East. Embiid is an all-NBA performer, and the Simmons are the All-Defense’s first team.
I list all of that to show not only how much success Simmons has achieved with the 76ers, but also to show that last season was just his only season. Friday in the NBA, and he didn’t even play in his first game.
To lose in the second round to a team that crept into the fifth seed, after firing their coach mid-season, there must be an explanation for that horrifying defeat. Yes, it was Doc Rivers and Embiid’s fault, but that missed pitch served as the final verdict on Simmons’ career. After the loss in game 7, the coach and his star teammates tried very little to defend themselves in the face of public judgment.
Simmons admitted in September on Old man and three people that he struggled mentally both throughout the film and in the months that followed. He also didn’t feel enough support from the organization and that bothered him too. It all led to that practice when everything boils. Rivers kicked him out of practice and it was Simmons’ time in Philly, or at least it should have been.
Two days later Philly General Manager Daryl Morey decided that, in 2021, a great idea to show strength was on the local sports talk radio, where he spoke atrade can take years. For years he meant until the trade deadline and he had to attach Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks – one of the top eight defenders – in return for Paul Millsap and James Harden is hobbling.
Simmons chose not to play for the 76ers. Not that the back injury ended completely last season for him after the move, he didn’t want to play for them anymore. Breaking up would be for the best for both parties, but Morey persisted until the very end. In the process, he burned through his team’s season and failed to significantly upgrade the roster. The team’s biggest improvement is Tyrese Maxey taking one step further this season, which still hasn’t been enough to avoid a rough start.
The holdout also leaves Philadelphia sports fans with daily punches to the head when a player refuses to play for them. Combine that with bad feelings from the last time he wore a Philadelphia jersey, and of course, they got a wave of Simmons hate in a game he wasn’t even in when the Nets arrived. visit last season.
This time, they saw him introduced to the starting line-up, leading the ball onto the field and taking free throws. This will be LeBron’s first game in Cleveland with the energy of the Miami Heat.
However, perhaps it was necessary for all parties to have this moment. For Simmons to take on Rivers and Embiid, and for him to accept – with reason – all the fans have to give. He recently told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that it’s great to present himself on podcasts and is working on whatever he needs. “Day by day.”
There’s a lot of history between Simmons and the 76ers that takes place over a short period of time. Award-winning highs and nasty lows in the ugly playoffs. This game may have a long way to go towards people finally becoming completely at peace with what happened and maybe even helping to bring both of these teams together — although the Nets have plenty of internal drama. more public set than today’s 76ers — back to the Eastern crest.