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Here’s Why Ben Simmons Wants to Leave Philadelphia 76ers



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After an extremely disappointing end to their postseason, there were reports that Sixers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had a falling out. Especially after an abysmal display by Ben Simmons, there was a serious question mark over his future with the Sixers. The narrative of Embiid and Simmons can’t play together was formed and since then, it has only escalated. 

There was a lot of evidence to go with the narrative. Their past playoff runs had been unsuccessful despite being one of the top teams coming out of the East. Both Embiid and Simmons individually have been brilliant and have also contended for individual accolades during the regular season. 

Sixers coach Doc Rivers on the relationship between Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

Sixer’s coach Doc Rivers had said previously that the two of them gel together quite well. He said, “I think it’s been great. The first thing that I found is whatever the portrayal was, I didn’t put a lot into it, because I wanted to see what the relationship was and I would say the more pleasant surprise when I first got in here, I realized that there was no problem at all.”

Although, the comments Embiid made post Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals did not help with burying the narrative. Embiid had commented on a play that he thought was the ‘turning point’.

“I mean, I’ll be honest, I thought the turning point was when we — I don’t know how to say it — but I thought the turning point was just we had an open shot and we made one free throw and we missed the other and then they came down and scored.”

Presumably, this is the play he was talking about. 

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Joel Embiid slams media for false reports

More recently, USA Today’s Jeff Zilgitt reported that the “Simmons-Embiid rift had been escalating”. After this report, Embiid took it upon himself to slam the media and shut down the discourse. Through a series of Tweets, he firmly responded to the report. 

He went ahead and shamed the media for making stuff up. 

He reminded the Sixers fans that he hadn’t forgotten his own struggles and the jarring criticism that he had received. He told the Sixers fans that they needed to be better.

Embiid also made a just point about how the mentality of players differs and while he appreciated the criticism as it makes him work harder, it may not affect the other players similarly. 

Sticking to the matter at hand, the situation went from bad to worse when there were reports about Simmons not wanting to play for the Sixers anymore. Reports suggested that Simmons refuses to join the training camp next week and intends to never show up to play another game in the Sixers’ jersey. 

The Sixers front office have been reviewing trade offers for Simmons since the end of their playoffs run back in June. This leaves us wondering if we will see Simmons and Embiid reunite for the 76ers in the coming season. Let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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